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    if a white performer blacks up, they use makeup to darken their skin in order to play a black character

    Yellowing up is the same as blacking up: it maintains the assumption that only white people are allowed to play parts written for minority actors.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 23/12/2015
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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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