A picture of Ted Bonner’s Halloween costume began to circulate around social media last week and upset many of the people who saw it. The pictures show Bonner’s face almost completely covered in black while his red-colored lips hide his fake gnarly smile. He’s also holding a sign that says “Black Lives Matter.” The blackface costume was blatantly offensive.
Unfortunately, it wouldn’t be Halloween without a story about someone ignoring our constant warnings against wearing blackface. Fortunately, this is the only story we’ll be writing about it for Halloween this year.
Brock Denton, a sophomore student at the University of Central Arkansas, was expelled and claims he’s become the target of death threats after photos of him wearing blackface as part of a Bill Cosby costume began to circulate.
According to Paige Shoemaker, a former student at Kansas State University, her group of friends found it appropriate, and even funny, to wear blackface, throw up hand signs and caption a photo with the words “Feels good to finally be a n****r.”
Fortunately, KSU didn’t feel the same and the student has been expelled from the school after a picture she took made its way to Twitter.
The use of blackface – non-black people covering their faces with something to make them appear to have darker skin – is pretty much viewed as offensive across the board. Well, this is at least in the United States, where every Halloween someone gets the not-so-bright idea to cover their face in brown makeup as they dress up like Kanye West.
But an amateur soccer team in Germany took the practice and attempted to use it to fight racism.
A Missouri powder-puff football team is in trouble after photos of members in blackface went viral.
Apparently, Sullivan High’s girls’ squad also played the game in the offensive makeup.
A white Cosplay enthusiast is facing the wrath of the Internet for going “blackface” in order to look like Michonne from The Walking Dead.
Cosplay is the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game.
FIFA, the organization in charge of running the World Cup which is currently taking place in Brazil, is considering investigating German fans who chose to wear blackface when their team played Ghana.
Pictures of two men in blackface, who appeared to be cheering for Germany, have been circulating the internet.
Several French police officers are being investigated for racism after allegedly hosting a hosting a “negro party.”
Photographs of the officers in Blackface and with bananas surfaced on social network sites. In one of the images, an officer is seen sitting with bananas on his knees while scratching under his arms.
A Michigan teacher was suspended, and later reinstated after teaching a lesson on Blackface.
Al Barron teaches at Monroe Middle School, and is set to retire in two weeks. Administrators deemed his lesson to be inappropriate.
Will the racially insensitive act of Blackface ever die? Doesn’t seem like it will. Earlier this week we wrote about a Kentucky assistant pastor who dressed in Blackface for a boxing match.
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