White trick-or-treaters in blackface: C/D?

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Not one but two kids played Ben Wallace last night. Synthetic afros are problematic enough. They went all the way with synthetic skin tone. When the first kid came up, we were too amazed to say anything, and when he walked away we exchanged WTFs. WTF?

We are not in the most racially diverse neighborhood. I can only imagine how our few black neighbors (or other sensible adults) reacted. To make the situation potentially more interesting, a bunch of kids from my hometown who are natrually dark complexioned came into the neighborhood to trick-or-treat. If those kids are anything like the generation of kids I grew up with, they would've pummelled the little Bens on sight.

We also had a couple Ghostbusters (get one culture of your own, kids!), but neither one went as Winston.

Andy_K (Andy_K), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 12:58 (8 years ago) Permalink

I think you may have lost sight of the problem.

Sociah T Azzahole (blueski), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 13:05 (8 years ago) Permalink

Trick-or-treating dressed up as non-dead non-zombie not-very-haunting-at-all basketball players? That's a WTF regardless of their colour.

Onimo (GerryNemo), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 13:06 (8 years ago) Permalink

Granted I probably have as well. I blame ILX. (xpost)

Sociah T Azzahole (blueski), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 13:06 (8 years ago) Permalink

bunch of kids from my hometown who are natrually dark complexioned came into the neighborhood to trick-or-treat.

Er, is this an ultra-politically correct euphemism for "black", or do you mean something else? As for the question itself, I know your society is far more delicate towards these issues (and for a reason) than mine, and I know that the historical context of blackface is quite problematic, but still, it's kids dressing up as sportsman. If they'd dress up as a generic black man in order to appear scary, that would've been a different case. Most likely they don't know the connotations of blackface (then again, their parents should) and they're probably just imitating an idol of theirs, so I don't think you should overreact.

Tuomas (Tuomas), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 13:23 (8 years ago) Permalink

Er, is this an ultra-politically correct euphemism for "black", or do you mean something else?

No, not at all -- it was a way to emphasize the absurdity.

I don't think I'm overreacting. I wouldn't let my kid do it. If he intended to do it, I would see the situation as a golden opportunity to instill in him a healthy amount of white guilt.

There was also a group of girls walking around like extras from ONJ's "Physical" video. They had a boombox that played Wham and the Weather Girls. As the missues observed, we had been thrown into that episode of Buffy.

Andy_K (Andy_K), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 13:32 (8 years ago) Permalink

I'm with Onimo on this one.

Allyzay knows a little German (allyzay), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 13:38 (8 years ago) Permalink

Is that a regional US thing? In the Midwest, as long as I've been alive, non-zombie-type costumes (fairies, athletes, cops, ballerinas, cowboys, etc) have generally outnumbered creepy types.

Andy_K (Andy_K), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 13:46 (8 years ago) Permalink

The only person who came to my house in blackface (as Bob Marley) was an adult.

tokyo nursery school: afternoon session (rosemary), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 13:49 (8 years ago) Permalink

C or D - Gang of 15 or so late-teens with stockings over their heads throwing stones at houses, as happened last night on my road?

bidfurd__, Tuesday, 1 November 2005 13:59 (8 years ago) Permalink

I loved Halloween when I was younger because I would come up with costume ideas that would let me do whiteface, secure in the knowledge that anyone who tried to do blackface would get crushed by adults terrified by my and my parents' reactions.

Dan (Excruciating Back Pain) Perry (Dan Perry), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 14:00 (8 years ago) Permalink

Then again, maybe I shouldn't say too much since I had a red-black-green necklace in high school and wore it (!), and this was pointed out to me one day when I observed (w/ some mild hostility) another white kid wearing a Negro League baseball hat! Granted, the necklace was not given to me by a white person (maybe that made it okay, I dunno), I kept it tucked in my shirt at all times, I wore it on days other than Halloween, and I never put synthetic skin tone on any part of my body.

Andy_K (Andy_K), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 14:22 (8 years ago) Permalink

I think you are grossly overreacting to this whole situation; it's not like these kids were doing a minstrel show!

Dan (Excruciating Back Pain) Perry (Dan Perry), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 14:25 (8 years ago) Permalink

nathalie, a bum like you (stevie nixed), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 14:27 (8 years ago) Permalink

saw a gang of hemp necklace fratboys last friday up near GA tech dressed as every male cast member from pulp fiction including a gangly ass adams-appled white dude rockin plasticky afro wig & careful, unsmeared blackface. everybody i tell this story to reacts the same hilarious way- '...and was all these frat boys dressed up like in pulp fiction....' 'ahh cool, right yeah thats-' 'sam jackson dude was in blackface' 'oh hellll no'

_, Tuesday, 1 November 2005 14:32 (8 years ago) Permalink

I don't think I'm overreacting. I wouldn't let my kid do it. If he intended to do it, I would see the situation as a golden opportunity to instill in him a healthy amount of white guilt.

for fuck sake!

jed_ (jed), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 14:33 (8 years ago) Permalink

also livin in athens (most racist spot in GA that dont know its racist) the college guy "pimp" costume went real strong every year, no blackface (usually) but always in that damn afro wig, its gettin hard to remember that before it got neutered by ironic white assholes and vh1 pop culture that growin your nappy hair out was actually a controversial act at one time

_, Tuesday, 1 November 2005 14:35 (8 years ago) Permalink

White trick-or-treaters in blackface

Tasteless, stupid, unfunny, lamentable and idiotic. Anyone beat up for same deserves it.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 14:35 (8 years ago) Permalink

fucks sake what?? my kid would not even think about that shit, anymore than he would be goin trick-or-treating as hitler or a damn rape victim

_, Tuesday, 1 November 2005 14:35 (8 years ago) Permalink

haha alex in nyc unexpectedly otm

_, Tuesday, 1 November 2005 14:36 (8 years ago) Permalink

I'll admit I'm more sensitive about this stuff than usual since we noticed a couple lawn jockeys in the yards of nearby houses. (We moved a few months ago, knew what we were getting into, but seeing the shit is another thing.) Also, racial incidents in suburban Detroit have been escalating a great deal, so that's probably another factor. Obviously a kid wanting to look as much like Ben Wallace as possible is different from a yard with a burning cross, but it's all part of the same issue.

Andy_K (Andy_K), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 14:41 (8 years ago) Permalink

for fuck sake!

Okay, substitute "instill healthy amount of white guilt" with "talk about blackface." I was being a little silly.

Andy_K (Andy_K), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 14:43 (8 years ago) Permalink

What's a "lawn jockey"?

Tuomas (Tuomas), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 14:44 (8 years ago) Permalink

haha alex in nyc unexpectedly otm

Why unexpectedly? We may have different tastes, but does that make me an idiotic asshole?

What's a "lawn jockey"?

Unfortunate racial epithet based on dated front lawn ornamentation.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 14:45 (8 years ago) Permalink

yeah im not 100% behind 'white guilt' as something you impose on others (leads to useless, condescending liberals and blacker-than-thou white students with dreads) but one of the worthy applications for it would be explaining to your child why its not ok to wear blackface!!

_, Tuesday, 1 November 2005 14:46 (8 years ago) Permalink

it was a joke alex!! for what its worth i think youre less racist than most of ilm

_, Tuesday, 1 November 2005 14:47 (8 years ago) Permalink

"Hello, Dave! Wanna buy some pegs?"

Papa Lazarou, Tuesday, 1 November 2005 14:47 (8 years ago) Permalink

Sorry, I'm feeling a little bit defensive today.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 14:48 (8 years ago) Permalink

but youre testin me with "dated", like miniature black servants holding lanterns in your front yard are soooo last week huh??

_, Tuesday, 1 November 2005 14:49 (8 years ago) Permalink

I have to ask, are the connotations of blackface still quite clear and understandable in the US? Because in here, if some kid would do it, it could be seen as mildly stupid, but not necessarily particularly racist, since we don't have a history of minstrelsy or anything. I mean, if someone would dress up as Hitler, the message would rather clear to everyone, but is this the case with blacking up?

Tuomas (Tuomas), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 14:49 (8 years ago) Permalink

holy shit-

Roehl Johnson as a lawn jockey. Pushing the political correctness envelope before we knew there was an envelope. Roehl held this pose throughout the entire evening.
http://www.amberjacklanding.com/basement/halloween78_pg2.htm

_, Tuesday, 1 November 2005 14:50 (8 years ago) Permalink

tuomas i really dont need another lecture about how your 95% white country is less racist than mine

_, Tuesday, 1 November 2005 14:51 (8 years ago) Permalink

fucks sake what?? my kid would not even think about that shit, anymore than he would be goin trick-or-treating as hitler or a damn rape victim

the fact that you even find these comparible is lamentable. the kids were dressing up as a character they (presumably) admire. a guy at Optimo this weekend was dressed up as Don King - his costume was hysterical.

jed_ (jed), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 14:53 (8 years ago) Permalink

Trife, I'm not saying we're less racist (probably the other way around), but that certain things deemed as racist in the US don't seem so offensive to me because of the different context.

Tuomas (Tuomas), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 14:54 (8 years ago) Permalink

comparable in offense not motivation

_, Tuesday, 1 November 2005 14:55 (8 years ago) Permalink

Maybe the people who own the lawn jockeys in our town think it's fine and a tribute ("They marked the underground railroad and helped runaway slaves!"), but the connotation isn't so positive for a lot of other people.

Andy_K (Andy_K), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 14:55 (8 years ago) Permalink

you could admire a rape victim too, for their courage in standing up to their attacker, but its not an appropiate halloween costume

_, Tuesday, 1 November 2005 14:57 (8 years ago) Permalink

We don't have a history of minstrelsy because before the nineties, we had a black population practically the size of zero. Which meant that, up until the eighties, it was possible to sell liquorice with this symbol:

(x-post)

Tuomas (Tuomas), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 14:58 (8 years ago) Permalink

tuomas is there commonly accepted shit in america that seems racist to you based on standards of your country? like brits who are baffled by apu on the simpsons

xpost ahahhahahahahahha

_, Tuesday, 1 November 2005 15:00 (8 years ago) Permalink

Also, I don't think you can separate motivation from the offense. Context is a helluva big thing when it comes to racism.

(x-post)

Tuomas (Tuomas), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 15:01 (8 years ago) Permalink

Can I reiterate for all of the white people on this thread that there is a gigantic non-negligible semantic difference between dressing up as a famous person who happens to be of a different color than you and dressing up as an explicitly offensive character, like a lawn jockey? Unless, of course, you think that Ben Wallace is the modern equivalent of a lawn jockey, which says a lot more about your perceptions of race than it does about the person who dressed up like him.

Dan (Surrounded By White Madness) Perry (Dan Perry), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 15:01 (8 years ago) Permalink

(And yes, I know that many black people would disagree with me.)

Dan (The Point Remains) Perry (Dan Perry), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 15:01 (8 years ago) Permalink

Dan, that what was what I was trying to say in my first post.

Tuomas (Tuomas), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 15:02 (8 years ago) Permalink

dan i think the point is that blackface is de facto offensive

_, Tuesday, 1 November 2005 15:02 (8 years ago) Permalink

which i agree is debateable but i think most americans would agree

_, Tuesday, 1 November 2005 15:03 (8 years ago) Permalink

Dan, how do you feel about someone dressing up as Don King?

xp

dan doesn't seem to agree with you!

jed_ (jed), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 15:03 (8 years ago) Permalink

i mean you can talk about sincere admiration all you like but in the end you come off like those dicks who want to "reclaim" the swastika- just let it go, dudes

_, Tuesday, 1 November 2005 15:04 (8 years ago) Permalink

OH NO DAN DOESNT AGREE WITH ME

_, Tuesday, 1 November 2005 15:05 (8 years ago) Permalink

but youre testin me with "dated", like miniature black servants holding lanterns in your front yard are soooo last week huh??

No, I meant literally dated....as, to the best of my knowledge, they don't make them (the actual lawn ornaments) anymore.....though drive around Long Island and you'll still spot a few, not to mention in midtown Manhattan.....

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 15:05 (8 years ago) Permalink

Actually, I'm wrong....evidently they do still make'em. Apologies.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 15:06 (8 years ago) Permalink

buncha beaterss

Neanderthal, Tuesday, 1 November 2011 00:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

My high school AND college had "Indian honoring" nicknames that were changed. There are "Once a _____, always a _____" Facebook groups for both. You can purchase shirts -- stand up to the gross injustice.

A Chuck Person's Guide to Mark Aguirre (Andy K), Tuesday, 1 November 2011 00:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

any d00d who says the "Indians should be proud" of how they're depicted in the sports world should be forced to own a team called the Washington Paisans, with the mascot being a buncha Joey Buttafuoco looking motherfucker running around the field in a wife beaterss.

― Neanderthal, Monday, October 31, 2011 7:16 PM (4 minutes ago) Bookmark

godfather's pizza anyone?

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Tuesday, 1 November 2011 00:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Song of the South is a classic, it ain't racist ah tell ya"

Neanderthal, Tuesday, 1 November 2011 00:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

can someone explain the lebron one to me, idgi

MODS DID 10/11 (k3vin k.), Tuesday, 1 November 2011 00:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

It's a double caricature.

A Chuck Person's Guide to Mark Aguirre (Andy K), Tuesday, 1 November 2011 00:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

The Indians logo

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A Chuck Person's Guide to Mark Aguirre (Andy K), Tuesday, 1 November 2011 00:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

i don't follow sports at all, so my mind is blown that that shirt immediately registers as "lebron" to people

Youth Ya Goon (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 1 November 2011 04:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

Me too. I took it as being the regular Cleveland Indians mascot; now I see the Cavs headband and the earring. Here's the actual logo for comparison:

And what the fuck, his name is "Chief Wahoo."

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Tuesday, 1 November 2011 04:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

I had a pretty fascinating conversation with an indian guy that I know (who's an ex-marine and cultural studies phd student) about how he's a big Redskins fan. He picked them as his NFL team while growing up even though he lived in the PNW because the logo was the only thing he saw in the media that looked like people he knew. I expected he'd go off about them but his view on was much funnier and complicated than I imagined it would be.

He did say that when he's gone to see them play once or twice he tucked in his braids because he didn't want to give any ammo to the racists who could point to him as supporting their cause.

joygoat, Tuesday, 1 November 2011 04:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

pardon my ignorance but are geisha costumes offensive?

hotter than a hoochie coochie (CaptainLorax), Tuesday, 1 November 2011 06:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 1 November 2011 06:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

Verb!

buzza, Tuesday, 1 November 2011 06:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

Give us Clevelanders some credit, the logo used to look like this:

i couldn't adjust the food knobs (Phil D.), Tuesday, 1 November 2011 17:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

The team and its fans still often point to a 2004 survey by the Annenberg Center, which found that by a margin of nine to one, American Indians took no offense at the name Redskins.2 They have bigger problems to worry about. I admit to a mild curiosity about whether they’d feel differently if they knew the name was dreamed up by the sport’s most overtly racist figure, who even in his will (he died in 1969) stipulated that the Redskins Foundation that was to be created with most of his estate not direct a single dollar toward “any purpose which supports or employs the principle of racial integration in any form.”

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 1 November 2011 17:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

I admit to a mild curiosity about whether they’d feel differently if they knew the name was dreamed up by the sport’s most overtly racist figure, who even in his will (he died in 1969) stipulated that the Redskins Foundation that was to be created with most of his estate not direct a single dollar toward “any purpose which supports or employs the principle of racial integration in any form.”

That is one hell of a sentence.

A Chuck Person's Guide to Mark Aguirre (Andy K), Tuesday, 1 November 2011 18:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

It doesn't scan perfectly, but I've started to read this thread title to the tune of "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress".

rustic italian flatbread, Tuesday, 1 November 2011 18:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

OH FOR FUCK'S SAKE. ANDRE AGASSI????

http://deadspin.com/5855305/andre-agassi-is-mr-t

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 1 November 2011 19:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

hoo boy

he carried yellow flowers (DJP), Tuesday, 1 November 2011 19:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

I mean, points for actually making an effort re: the rest of the costume but the skin tone is a massive "DON'T DO THAT"

he carried yellow flowers (DJP), Tuesday, 1 November 2011 19:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

feel like there should be some blackface pool 2012 or something, this shit is getting absurd

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 1 November 2011 19:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

andre agassi is mr t. at a church potluck

goole, Tuesday, 1 November 2011 20:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

Walk Off HBP
Tue 01 Nov 2011 3:25 PM

Standing ovation to Michael Chang's costume as 80's elementary school dork.

shamefully, I lolled

he carried yellow flowers (DJP), Tuesday, 1 November 2011 20:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

http://gawker.com/5859449/

The [University of Southern Mississippi] Dean of Students Office said the six women, all members of Phi Mu sorority, dressed in blackface to depict themselves as the Huxtable family from 'The Cosby Show,' as part of their participation in a 1980s-themed, off-campus costume party on Wednesday.

shiroibasketshoes & tuxedos (Whiney G. Weingarten), Monday, 14 November 2011 22:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

retromania

Creedance House Mafia (D-40), Monday, 14 November 2011 23:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

irl lols

shiroibasketshoes & tuxedos (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 15 November 2011 00:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

Fashion's Elite Got Good and Blackfaced at a Party in Milan Last Night

The first sentence says nearly everything you need to know for context: Milan's annual Halloweek masquerade party took place last night, and the theme was Disco Africa.

Dave Froglets (Phil D.), Monday, 28 October 2013 12:20 (10 months ago) Permalink

Christ almighty.

I came to post about this starlet I've never heard of wearing blackface for Halloween as "Crazy Eyes" from OITNB (http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2013/10/julianne-hough-apologizes-for-donning-blackface/) but that Trayvon Marin costume is so reprehensible and the dude is so unrepentant.

Do these people not have a single not racist (or even slightly less racist) friend? Somebody who might say, "Hey, you know what, that is racist as hell. Don't do that"? Fellow white people, I beg you, if you have a friend who wants to dress up like this, stop them.

carl agatha, Monday, 28 October 2013 13:48 (10 months ago) Permalink

My friend's daughter wants to dress up as the TV character Luther for Halloween. He explained that this is not allowed and she is bummed.

polyphonic, Tuesday, 29 October 2013 21:10 (10 months ago) Permalink

As someone who would (instinctively) not dress up in blackface, I really want to know what goes through the minds of people who do.

cardamon, Tuesday, 29 October 2013 23:31 (10 months ago) Permalink

My friend's daughter wants to dress up as the TV character Luther for Halloween. He explained that this is not allowed and she is bummed.

― polyphonic, Tuesday, October 29, 2013 5:10 PM (2 hours ago) Bookmark

i feel that as long as there's no facepaint, fake wigs etc. involved, should be okay. yeah?

乒乓, Tuesday, 29 October 2013 23:34 (10 months ago) Permalink

not impossible to do without blackface, he's wearing practically the same outfit in every image on google, and honestly even with blackface it's not like it'd be any more obvious, she'd still have to explain to everyone who she is

don't think anyone really has a problem with dressing up as a character of a different race as long as that race isn't part of the costume, every character wears costumes

xp!

^^ post obviously honoring and supporting Qualcomm (zachlyon), Tuesday, 29 October 2013 23:38 (10 months ago) Permalink

If a white teenaged girl was wearing those clothes would you say "nice Luther costume"?

polyphonic, Tuesday, 29 October 2013 23:47 (10 months ago) Permalink

if she was wearing those clothes in blackface i'd still have to be told what it is (and i've watched luther)

^^ post obviously honoring and supporting Qualcomm (zachlyon), Tuesday, 29 October 2013 23:48 (10 months ago) Permalink

what the fuck is Luther

obie stompin' moby (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 29 October 2013 23:50 (10 months ago) Permalink

Luther is a British psychological crime drama television series starring Idris Elba as the title character Detective Chief Inspector John Luther.

polyphonic, Tuesday, 29 October 2013 23:52 (10 months ago) Permalink

With some of the most beautiful pictures of London this century

cardamon, Wednesday, 30 October 2013 00:00 (10 months ago) Permalink

As someone who would (instinctively) not dress up in blackface, I really want to know what goes through the minds of people who do.

It's a sunshiny cliché for people to say "I don't see color," but for white people that do this, it's true -- that they don't see the color of other white people. But skin that's darker or eye folds that are different leap out to some people.

You notice the blind person with the fogged-up eyes, but you walk past hundreds of people a day with sight and don't think much of it. I'm sure there are some white people who have gotten the flour makeup out to do Johnny or Edgar Winter because their skin is noticeably different.

This does not excuse or pardon or give a pass to any person over the age of six to don a costume mimicking another race. And the kid under six doesn't get a pass because they better have an adult telling them no. But I am trying to explain, to get in the head, of someone not usually showing off racist characteristics thinking this is an approachable idea.

When I was in 5th grade, they used to put on this talent show based on the lip-synch show "Puttin' on the Hits". A buddy of mine and I were riding home on the school bus when he tells me he's thinking about lip-synching "Shake You Down" by Gregory Abbot. We talk about how it's a pretty smooth song, how he'll need to match the clothes in the video and also is he going to wear black makeup? Eventually, he got a little stage fright before even submitting his name to the talent director, so nothing ever became of it.

I don't think we were nasty racists, but definitely we were ignorant and insensitive to a few things. To us, black (or brown, or heck - in Gregory Abbot's case - very light brown) skin was as much of a distinctive feature as the mole on Aaron Neville's forehead. But I would tell that 10-year-old pplains (or even better, my IRL kids) that there's a lot of horrible history associated with dressing up and parodying people who don't look like us. And besides, going out of our way to hammer home that a celebrity or other person looks different is one of the many things that keeps that line drawn between some of us.

I don't know if I've explained this very well and I sure do feel weird posting it, but why would someone dress up in blackface? I guess at one time a long time ago, I thought I knew why.

And this is more for people like that actress who dressed up like the black character from the prison show. Anyone who dress up like Trayvon should also have a gun pointed at them.

pplains, Wednesday, 30 October 2013 00:09 (10 months ago) Permalink

And I don't care how much shoe polish you've got, you're never going to pass for Stringer Bell.

pplains, Wednesday, 30 October 2013 00:12 (10 months ago) Permalink

How would a white person dress up as that dude on the left in that picture? All his clothes look the same.

pplains, Wednesday, 30 October 2013 00:14 (10 months ago) Permalink

Did I tell this story? I don't think I did here.

My third grade class wasn't 100% white but it was close and thus I (I'm white btw) played Harriet Tubman in a play. I asked the teacher if I should wear brown makeup because I was 8 and my class was nearly all white and I had no idea about the history of blackface. I am not even confident that my parents would have known better. In my memory the teacher was initially going to go with it but thank fuck either she had some insight or somebody stepped in (either happening being against the odds as this was ~ 80/81 in a very rural and very white area) because it didn't happen. I mean, I still played Harriet Tubman in a play but not in black face.

carl agatha, Wednesday, 30 October 2013 01:43 (10 months ago) Permalink

I also still remember my opening lines: "My name is Harriet Tubman, or 'Moses' to those I helped. As a child, I was whipped and beaten by my slave master."

carl agatha, Wednesday, 30 October 2013 01:44 (10 months ago) Permalink

in fourth grade i played a rapping vince lombardi

^^ post obviously honoring and supporting Qualcomm (zachlyon), Wednesday, 30 October 2013 02:01 (10 months ago) Permalink

that felt relevant

^^ post obviously honoring and supporting Qualcomm (zachlyon), Wednesday, 30 October 2013 02:01 (10 months ago) Permalink

Talking about blackface here, not gasface.

pplains, Wednesday, 30 October 2013 02:09 (10 months ago) Permalink


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