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Old 02-02-2019, 02:34 PM
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Originally Posted by UltraVires View Post
But, I have learned something today. It is offensive if a white person is dressing as a black person for Halloween or some other such informal party, to use dark makeup to get in character? Why is that? I'm not talking about a black minstrel face with the ruby red giant lipstick type of character. I understand that is offensive. But a white person now in 2019 simply cannot portray a black person at these informal gatherings?
That's considered offensive because of the history of blackface -- white people using white supremacist tropes to mock and denigrate the humanity of black people in performances. Without that history, you could dress as whomever you like. But in today's world, any attempt to darken a white (or light-skinned) person's face in America for a costume is likely to bring up thoughts of blackface.

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