I want all of my white readers to repeat this phrase out loud:
No matter what my intention is, it is never okay to dress in blackface.
Never. Never ever. There is no circumstance in which it is okay for you to dress up in blackface.
There, that should solve the problem…
Republican state Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver is facing criticism after posting a picture on the Internet that some are calling racially offensive. Weaver said that a picture that she took with her pastor in blackface dressed as Aunt Jemima was just Halloween fun and doesn’t understand why the photo is offensive.
Hey, can we get a totally clueless quote to go along with the picture?
Weaver said she feels some Democrats are making something out of nothing and said, “I’m the least racist of anyone. Some of my greatest friends are black.”
I’m not making this stuff up, folks. She actually used the “I’m not racist, my __________ is a black guy” excuse.
Well that’s Tennessee. We kind of expect that stupidity down there, right?
Mark Andrade sat down at the Campbellford Royal Canadian Legion hall on Saturday night looking forward to a Halloween beer. Instead, he was treated to the sight of one man parading around in a Ku Klux Klan costume with a Confederate flag. The partygoer was leading another man in blackface around the room by a noose. Andrade left his beer on the bar and walked out. Friends told him later that the two men had won first prize at the Legion’s Halloween costume competition.
I will be hosting periodic screenings of Spike Lee’s film Bamboozled at my apartment. If anyone thinks it’s okay for anyone to dress in blackface, please come over and watch the movie. It will change your mind.
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