One-Third Of Americans Think Blackface Is Okay On Halloween — It’s Not Okay!
Blackface: A form of theatrical make-up used predominantly by non-black performers to represent a caricature of a black person.
Black History Month is in full swing and right now I want to do a complete re-set because one-third of American's are terrible at U.S. History!
It's amazing that in 2019 we are having a discussion about 'blackface' and the racist behavior behind it.
With the latest controversy over Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring both admitting to having worn blackface as part of a costume decades ago, and Gucci removing a turtleneck that depicts blackface, a new poll has found that a shocking one-third of Americans believe it's okay to wear blackface as part of a Halloween costume and the funny part is the survey was done before the controversy.
According to the Pew Research Center poll found that opinions varied by party affiliation, race, and age, with Republicans, older people and whites more likely to say it's okay.
- 51 percent of Democrats said it's never acceptable, compared to 21 percent of Republicans.
- 41 percent of those under 29 said it's never acceptable compared to 29 percent of those between 50 and 64.
- 39 percent of whites said it's sometimes or always okay, compared to 18 percent of blacks.
When I think of white men in blackface the first thing that comes to mind is the 1915 film The Birth of a Nation which I think is the most racist movie ever made in U.S. History.
The movie was directed by D.W. Griffith and based on the novel The Clansman written by President Woodrow Wilson’s friend Thomas Dixon.
A special screening was held on the evening of March 21, 1915 at the White House and the film presented a distorted portrait of the South after the Civil War glorifying the Ku Klux Klan while diminishing black people.
Even though the film had commercial success it was highly controversial for its portrayal of black men by white men in blackface as unintelligent and sexually aggressive against white women which caused Klan membership to grow.
Fast forward to 2019.....
104 years after the movie the mere thought of one-third of Americans STILL find wearing blackface on Halloween acceptable is very disturbing.
While some may laugh and think it's paying a compliment to the African American culture, the fact remains because of the original racial stain it has placed on Black America it will NEVER be accepted within the Black Delegation.
Imagine how silly I would look if I had a white face playing Batman!
To the one-third of America who think wearing blackface is acceptable I would like for you to reconsider and just portray your favorite African American without blackface.
I'm going to keep it "100" with you and don't take this personal!
We appreciate you admiring our black hero's, but wearing blackface is just too much!
It's NOT cool, and if you continue this behavior or know someone who does and not confront them you are just as guilty as the offender!
Trust me when I tell you being black is an awesome experience! It's dangerous at times, but I really love being BLACK!
Shout out to whoever made this quote!