Why “Black Face” Has No Place At Halloween or Anywhere For That Matter

 

By Chenelle Covin on October 28, 2013 @ChenelleCovin

The holiday of Halloween can be an exciting time, especially for kids to dress up in fun costumes and to receive candy that will “last a lifetime”. It’s for people to express another personality and unfortunately may brew some ignorant displays as well. The recent picture of two young men from Florida, one dressed as Trayvon Martin as black face and one as George Zimmerman has caused outrage, and raised the conversation again about black face.

William Filene (L) dressed as Trayvon Martin, Caitlin Cimeno (center) and Greg Cimeno as George Zimmerman. (Photo courtesy of Instagram)

In another incident, Dancing With The Stars celebrity Julianne Hough just apologized for her blackface outfit. What is going on? Blackface has no place at Halloween, or anywhere for that matter. Let’s just say white people need to be educated on what black face is. I say this because although I have seen black people wear ‘black face’, it is the white counterpart that has overused and abused. Blackface is in no way traditional or customary, and has no place in our society. Wearing a black face is just as a bad as putting a white hoodie on pretending you’re from the Klan. You might as well say you’re a racist. You look ignorant putting on the blackface, and people should really be educated on what blackface is.

Blackface is a form of theatrical makeup used in minstrel shows in which performers create a stereotyped caricature of a black person. The characters of blackface minstrelsy have played a significant role in displaying racist images, attitudes and perceptions worldwide.  White America’s perceptions  of Black entertainers were shaped by minstrels mocking Blacks and for over one hundred years the belief that Blacks were racially and socially inferior was stimulated by legions of both white and black performers in blackface. Blackface has deep-rooted history that brings up painful memories of what Blacks had to face. It’s not funny, and the phrase “it’s harmless and innocent” fun will not cut it. The truth of the matter, no one should be dressing in black face, red face, or yellow face. When you think of your costume for Halloween, let’s think with a conscience. Leave the hate at home.

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