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GlobalGrind History Lesson: The Real Reason It’s Just Not OK To Wear Blackface (LIST)
Posted 2 years ago.
Christina Coleman, Managing Editor, NewsOne
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The scariest thing about this Halloween season isn’t the throngs of people dressing up like Miley Cyrus. Which…by the way…is pretty terrifying.
But what’s even more terrifying is the blatant disrespect when it comes to costume choices.
Dressing up as an unarmed teen who was shot to death? Or the faux-cop who killed him?
What about dressing up as the faux-dentities of the crew that flew on the doomed Asiana Airline flight that crashed in July. Blood, fake monikers and all.
But above all, dressing up as a black person…when you’re not black. Whether it’s to honor your favorite television character, in order to fit in at an “African-themed” party, or portraying a fallacious black culture complete with bling, sideways deuce signs and slanted hats with all of the ignorance and bigotry embodied in a “thuggish” mug slapped across your face…it’s just plain wrong.
Blackface. We’ve been here before and we’re here now. And it’s a damn shame.
We’ve already told you 20 reasons (though we can probably pull up 100 more) of why you shouldn’t dress in blackface this Halloween season (or any time of the year).
But that didn’t sink in. In fact, decades of us telling the world that it is NEVER OK isn’t enough to keep Julianne Hough away from painting her face a darker shade…and for the friends around her to allow her to do it without a conversation about the history of blackface.
A history I’m starting to think many of our Halloween...