Trudeau Apologizes for Wearing Blackface in High School and Brownface in 2001

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion | 9/19/2019 | Mary Chastain
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This should be a big deal, but since Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is a liberal, he’ll get away with it.

Time published a photo of Trudeau decked out in brownface at an Arabian Nights themed gala party in 2001.

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Trudeau has apologized, but also admitted he wore blackface while in high school. He claimed he had no idea at both times it is racist and wrong to do such things.

Back in the early 2000s, Trudeau taught at the West Point Grey Academy, a private school in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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It’s common for a private school to have themed galas to raise money. This one in 2000-2001 had an Arabian Nights theme, in which Trudeau went all out and then some.

Vancouver businessman Michael Adamson, a member of the West Point Grey Academy community, provided a yearbook to Time with the damning picture of Trudeau.

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It shows Trudeau decked out in a turban and robes along with complete brown makeup. He has it on his face, arms, and hands.

Adamson did not attend the gala. He only saw the photo in July and knew the public needed to see it. Other photos show people wearing costumes, but no one else in makeup. Time spoke to a few people who attended the party:

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TIME reached out to multiple people who attended West Point Grey’s spring gala in 2001, including three of the four women in the photo with Trudeau. Most were reluctant to talk about it. One former staff member declined to comment, citing loyalty to Trudeau. Others said they did not remember Trudeau at the party. Two people contacted by TIME acknowledged the existence of the picture, which has been the subject of gossip within the West Point Grey community.

Trudeau was not the only person in costume at the 2001 gala event. Of the individuals in six...
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