Blackface is not OK for Halloween, it is not OK for your themed parties and definitely not for dressing up as a murdered black teenager! I can’t believe we still have to educate some white people on why black face is never OK.
It is surprising that even some supposedly progressive white friends on social media think their black friends are being oversensitive about Blackface. Any friend of mine who hits me with the bullshit “Don’t be too sensitive about racism” will get not just a mouthful of sensitive words but also get lectured, if not immediately booted out. If knowing the history of Blackface, you still choose to find and justify some ‘good’ intent behind it, you really need to check your privilege.
For those who still do not know the origin of Blackface or who want to live in denial, please do your research on the history of Blackface before you don your racist Halloween costume or defend those who think Halloween is not complete without Blackface.
For this Halloween, A Trayvon Martins/ George Zimmerman Halloween costume surfaced, how much more insensitive can this get?
I still cannot believe that some ignorant assholes chose to dress as a murdered Trayvon Martin, complete with the blood stained hoodie, a soda and skittles. And as if that was not plain evil enough, he did the Blackface too. This makes me sad and sick to my stomach. I guess some people will always be assholes.
These cretins also dressed up as your ‘friendly’ neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman, pointing gun fingers at a bloodied Trayvon Martin.
Also topping the list of racist Halloween costumes for this year is this photo of Hyndman, Pennsylvania men dressing up as the Ku Klux Klan and lynching President Barack Obama posted on Facebook.
How low can people sink before they are officially declared ‘unevolved’?
If we allowed these kinds of ‘unevolved’ minds to roam free, lynching like the lynching of Jesse Washington would once again be a normal pastime in our town centers.
When parents and the media perpetrate the stereotypes of black kids with runaway dads, it is not surprising when white teenagers like this brat who posted a picture dressed in blackface because she’s a “n***er” for Halloween, responded to criticism by saying that Black people need to stop worrying about her costume and start worrying about finding their fathers.
Really? This brat needs an education on how not to use stereotypes to justify ignorance or anything at all. She sounds like her parents would have allowed her to watch the lynching of Jesse Washington as a rite of passage and an education in white supremacy.
It is sad that we still have people like this Craigsville, Va., woman, Jessica Black, who sees nothing wrong in her 7-year-old son dressing up for Halloween in the robes of a Ku Klux Klan member, and in fact defends her appalling decision with the nonchalant remark- “It’s suppose to be white with white. Black with black. Man with woman and all of that”.
When parents teach their children that it is OK to hate, what hope do we have for a better world where equality reigns supreme?
When this 21 year old birthday gal decided to throw herself an African themed Birthday party, she thought it was her way of honoring the ‘country’ she loves. BTW, somebody should please slap the next ignoramus who calls Africa a country! It also does not help that even though she can’t write good English, she wants to visit Africa for two months, to teach English language to those poor African children. Looks like someone eagerly wants the philanthropist of the year award.
An African themed party might not be a bad idea but I wonder why many of her adult friends turned up in blackface.
The person wearing the KKK costume might lack a brain or empathy but I wonder why s/he was not kicked out at the door.
Why on earth do some white people think Blackface is funny or acceptable?
Why can’t white people just wear African attire without painting themselves all black in some exaggerated clan’s effect makeup?
I just wish white people would understand that Black-face is very, very offensive. Also, they do not need to paint their faces black and draw exaggerated big black lips to pull off African attire.
This is not a celebration of a diverse culture; it is simply mocking and stereotyping a group of people.
It really isn’t wise to attempt in any way to excuse Blackface, not with its historical connotation and the widely known ways it was used and still being used to mock Black Africans.
Also, it would be foolish to reduce it to mere make up or black paint for aesthetics. Attempts to justify some hidden good intent behind Blackface are not only irrelevant but also insulting to those whose very existence and cultures are stereotyped and mocked.
We Are A Culture, Not A costume is a laudable effort by Ohio University student group, Students Teaching About Racism in Society (STARS). I hope efforts like these would help create awareness, but we also need more white people to speak out against Blackface. Maybe, just maybe the Blackface apologists would listen, learn and discard their racist ways.