“Long Dirty Toenails” Wasn’t Just Rude; It Was An Overtly Racist Trope. Here’s Why.

Ahmaud Arbery’s murder trial was already pandering to white supremacy. Then, in closing, the defense literally invoked Jim Crow.

Thomas Rice playing “Jim Crow” in blackface, Bowery Theatre, New York City, 1833. Image: public domain

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Martie Sirois

Covering the intersection of culture, politics & equality. Featured in Marker, HuffPost, PopSugar, Scary Mommy; heard on NPR, SiriusXM, LTYM, TIFO podcast, etc.