Every year, people of color don Snow White, Wonder Woman, Princess Leia, Karate Kid, Fred Flinstone, Super Man costumes but no white face.
Blackface is a form of theatrical make-up used mostly by non-black performers to portray a black person. The custom gained popularity during the 19th century and contributed to the spread of an array of racist stereotypes. In the mid-1800s, blackface minstrel shows were an American art form of the time which didn’t end in the United States until the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.
An Aunt Jemima Halloween costume with blackface worn by a St. Augustine woman on 10/31/2017 sparked protests outside the bakery and cafe on St. George St. where she works. The owner of “The Bunnery”, Ms. Cross, said racism was the farthest thing from their minds. Ms. Cross indicated the woman in the costume has biracial grandchildren, though she herself is white. I’m not sure how your child deciding have a baby with someone of another race is a testament to one not being racist. Lots of racists have mixed grandkids. It’s called karma.
According to Ms. Cross, her African-American workers were all asked their opinions of the costume and none of them were offended or so she claims. People have to survive. If your boss asks you choose between being offended versus having a job, which would most choose? You know better than this, Ms. Cross. Obviously, Ms. Cross doesn’t realize her African-American workers still don’t speak for the entire black community even if that’s how they really felt. There is no debate here. Blackface is, has and will always be racially offensive. Our well documented history has already decided this.
Ms. Cross further stated “The Bunnery” is a safe place to work and a safe place to be and she is not sure what they are protesting. Oh, you’re sure, Ms. Cross…you just don’t care because your whiteness isn’t being mocked.
Blackface offenders hate boundaries. You can also add manipulative and narcissistic to this as well. These are the same folks whom are offended they can’t use the N-word at their leisure and will go so far as to call you a racist for making sure they don’t. Blackface offenders think NOTHING should be sacred except what they want to be sacred, when they want it to be sacred. This is why the American flag is fine to drape yourself in while half naked but too sacred for black athletes to kneel under in protest of police brutality. Blackface offenders would prefer feeling oppressed and victimized by other’s desire for their cultural sensitivity rather than face their privilege.
When are they going to learn?