Fact Check: A Jewish Journalist Did NOT Apply Blackface To Establish A Black Lives Matter Center In Poland

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  • by: Dana Ford
Fact Check: A Jewish Journalist Did NOT Apply Blackface To Establish A Black Lives Matter Center In Poland Old Photo

Did a Jewish journalist paint his face black to establish a Black Lives Matter center in Poland? No, that's not true: Jacek Hugo-Bader, a well-known Polish journalist, did appear in blackface at a Warsaw parade in 2016 as part of a reporting project on street reactions to a black person. He did not attempt to establish a Black Lives Matter movement in Poland.

The claim appeared in an article (archived here) published by Camelot Daily News under the title "Marxist Jew Applies Black-Face To Establish a Black Lives Matter Fake-Hate Propaganda Center in Poland Where There Are Few Blacks." It opened:

Many of you have heard of Jacek Hugo Bader. The Marxist Jewish journalist who applied black-face to his putridly ugly mug so that he could set up a Black Lives matter campaign in Poland-where there are few black people.

This is how the post appeared on Twitter at the time of writing:

The following collage appeared atop the article:

The photos, in fact, show Hugo-Bader in blackface. But they are several years old.

The journalist appeared in blackface at a Polish Independence Day celebration on November 11, 2016. He wrote about his experience.

Here is another reporter's tweet about Hugo-Bader from 2016, which translates to English as his blackface appearance at the celebration would provoke the right wing :

Hugo-Bader is a journalist in Poland, perhaps known for his writings about Russia and the former Soviet Union. He is the author of several books, including "White Fever: A Journey to the Frozen Heart of Siberia" and "Kolyma Diaries: A Journey into Russia's Haunted Hinterland."

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  Dana Ford

Dana Ford is an Atlanta-based reporter and editor. She previously worked as a senior editor at Atlanta Magazine Custom Media and as a writer/ editor for CNN Digital. Ford has more than a decade of news experience, including several years spent working in Latin America.

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