About Cakewalks and Minstrel Shows, Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones,) says: 

“If the cakewalk is a Negro dance caricaturing certain white customs, what is that dance when, say, a white theater company attempts to satirize it as a Negro dance? I find the idea of white minstrels in blackface satirizing a dance satirizing themselves a remarkable kind of irony—which, I suppose is the whole point of minstrel shows.”

  Blues People: The Negro Experience in White America (1963)
Music: Scott Joplin