Is blackface only racist because of its origins in the U.S?
I was thinking about this. Plenty of other countries don't regard painting themselves as a different race as racist. It's regularly used in media and festivities. Up until now of course, with the worldwide push to end such practices. But in the U.S, since its origins were racist caricatures involved in minstrelry, that makes it highly offensive there. So, if those origins never existed (which would also mean that a lot of other unfortunate things didn't exist) would it still be regarded as racist?
For example, The Mighty Boosh, a British comedy series, was highly criticized for using blackface. The people involved in creating the characters were most likely not aware of the link that their American viewers saw when they portrayed characters of various races. Does that still put them in the wrong?