Halloween and Blackface

Here I go, wading into the is-blackface-okay-or-not-okay maelstrom wrought by Megyn Kelly.

Blackface, in my opinion, is like burning the American flag. Sure, you have the RIGHT to do it, but I accept zero responsibility for anything that’s done to your face as a result of doing it.

No, I’m not going to be the guy who gives you the backhand, but I MIGHT be the guy who records it with his iPhone.

Now, if a white kid wants to dress up as Black Panther for Halloween, who cares? As long as the kid wears the character’s helmet and doesn’t PAINT his (or her) face, I don’t see a problem with it.

When it comes to the notorious “blackface” concept, I like to echo the words of Roger Murtaugh in Lethal Weapon:

“I’m warning you…don’t.”

Buford T. Justice also comes to mind with this memorable quote:

“You can think about it, but don’t do it.”

I knew a girl back during my Franciscan University days who dressed up as Serena Williams for Halloween.

One problem: she was white, so she painted her skin as part of her costume.

🙄

As Luke Skywalker once said, “Don’t do that.”

She could have only gotten away with that costume at a private school whose student population must have been 98% white when I was there (I don’t know what the exact percentage was, but it was high).

If she had pulled that stunt at a public university, then it might not have gone over so well.

My rule of thumb: steer clear of painting your skin in order to portray someone of a different race.

Simple as that.

You see this? 🙄 DONT DO THIS SHIT.

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