The demise of blackface minstrelsy coincided with the growth of a more pernicious phenomenon," writes Tosches. "[White] aristocracy's patronizing vogue for negritude bloomed into a new and different minstrelsy in which 'real' blacks became the 'picks' of high society. ... From delight in the caricature of the happy darky of bygone days to the delight in the caricature of the suffering Negro--which is more perverse?"
The Globetrotters began in the late 1920s as an exhibition team, the Saperstein's New York Globetrotters. In the 1930s they changed their name to Harlem New York Globetrotters, hinting that all players were black.
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