Dear White People of the World, Blackface Is Still Racist!
Holy Racist Party, Batman! Australian Olivia Mahon thought it would be a good idea to throw an “African” themed party to celebrate her 21st birthday. And here’s the result:
I have so many questions and so does Tumblr user BlacksinAsia who discovered this display of rampant ignorance.
Attendees were all asked to wear “African themed” clothing to depict the continent and this is what resulted . . . blackface, elephant and gorilla costumes, warpaint, native American headdresses (?!) and more. . . . I’m at a loss for words.
And yes, this is from 2013.
The girl posted the pictures proudly and flatly refused to take them down when confronted by another individual about how they were racist apparently. Pictures were reported to facebook weeks ago and they still have not been taken down.
This is certainly not the first time we’ve seen college kids dress up in blackface for entertainment. And the response is always the same, “we didn’t mean anything by it.” The frequency with which people act on the impulse to dress in blackface, brownface, and various other cultural stereotypes isn’t simply a mistake. These aren’t “oops, I wore white after Labor Day” breaches of etiquette, dressing as a stereotype of another culture is downright pathological. It’s so bad that the University of Minnesota had to issue a two-page letter to students, reminding them that yes, blackface is offensive. Please stop.