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Old 02-03-2019, 10:27 AM
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Yup, there's a vast difference between Michael Jackson fancy dress and coon stereotype + KKK. Any kind of blackface is deprecated today, but I don't think the former is shocking or even surprising for a 1985 party. I wouldn't take a white person dressing up as Michael Jackson or Diana Ross in 1985 as indicative of individual racism (whatever it might say about the level of racism in society as a whole at that time).

So if that's all he actually did, how on earth can he look at a photo of coon + KKK and say "sure, that's probably me"? It just makes no sense whatsoever unless he was in the habit of dressing up as coon man too - as his nickname in the earlier yearbook suggests - and perhaps some buddies were too, and this particular photo turns out not to be him.

ETA: ninjaed by Thudlow

Last edited by Riemann; 02-03-2019 at 10:30 AM.