Racism in show biz

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Re: Racism in show biz

Post  felix on Sat Apr 23, 2011 5:54 am

I've read stories of US 1950s rock 'n' roll gigs at dance halls where the audiences were segregated by a rope down the middle of the floor. A good rocking band generally resulted in the rope diappearing and the gig becoming de facto desegregated.

A quick google confirms thsi recollection:

For example, some music venues would hold two separate shows--one for whites and one for blacks. In still others, a long rope would be extended across the floor of an auditorium to separate the audience. As might be expected, when the rock and roll acts really began to rock, ropes would get torn down, audiences would mingle and the local authorities would panic. In fact, some political and religious leaders sought to ban rock concerts altogether (integrated or segregated) because kids would jump our of their seats, dance in the aisles and get "out of control."

http://people.missouristate.edu/dennishickey/segregatedconcertposters.htm
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