Happens every Halloween. Some people wear costumes in questionable taste and get accused of racism. And other people claim that it isn’t racism. So we argue over whether going in blackface as a TV character is racist or dressing up as Trayvon Martin is racist or making fun of Barack Obama is racist.
Not a lot of hidden symbolism there. And Jessica Black (yes seriously) isn’t claiming that her boy was wearing it ironically or anything like that. She says her family has been wearing klan costumes for years. And she thinks that’s a good thing because she’s down with the klan: “It’s supposed to be white with white, black with black, man with woman and all of that. That’s what the KKK stands for.”citecitecite
I have to admit, I used grease makeup to change my skin tone and dressed up as a person of color for Halloween. People stared at me when I took my kids trick-or-treating. But I just assumed everyone loved Papa Smurf.
The costume is clearly inappropriate because the kid’s vision is going to be limited by the small eye holes. That’s unsafe. On the other hand, it’s going to be easier to see at night than the same thing in black.
At the end, when it’s revealed there’s a giant government complex filled with goblins, zombies, werewolves, monster bats, flesh eating mermen, gigantic snakes, and just about every other conceivable monster, in the background of one scene you see one of the monster holding cells has three guys in Klan robes.