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Is Blackface a Big Deal?

Updated on September 23, 2019

What is blackface? Oxford dictionary defines it as the makeup used by a nonblack performer playing a black role. Despite how harmless that may sound, liberals have identified face painting as the latest unpardonable, racist sin in their white-shaming manual to vanquish imagined supremacy.

According to the Left, you can’t pretend to be a different color, but you can pretend to be a different gender. In case you are confused by this logic, let’s be clear—you can’t use purple face paint at Halloween because it will offend one-eyed, one-horned flying people eaters everywhere.

History of Blackface

To be fair, the origins of blackface are decidedly racist. Nineteenth century white minstrel performers used blackface to spread racial stereotypes by portraying unflattering caricatures of blacks, making them appear lazy, foolish, and ignorant. Whites were laughing at blacks, not with them—a highly offensive and unacceptable practice.

Blackface in Modern Times

The fun and appeal of costume parties, especially at Halloween, involves pretending to be someone or something you are not. You walk around 364 days a year being yourself, but liberals begrudge you the one day you dare to be different.

Most of us civilized human beings know better than to mock others or demean them for being different than us. Fringe groups, like the KKK and Black Lives Matter, still racially target people, but ordinary folks who dress up for costume parties don’t have an agenda. Regardless, the liberal Left is the self-proclaimed arbiter of morality, and they have decided cultural appropriation is evil and anyone deemed guilty of it is also evil.

What is Cultural Appropriation?

Cultural appropriation is the made-up term to describe someone who uses elements of a culture that is not their own. Normal people call this playing dress-up.

By Leftists standards, you can’t dress up like Pocahontas and pretend to chant if you’re not Native American, unless you are Elizabeth Warren. You can’t wear a sombrero if you’re not Hispanic. You can’t wear chopsticks in your hair if you aren’t Asian, nor can you wear cornrows if you aren’t black.

Definitely never screw in a new light bulb unless you are Polish.

Restaurant owners are particularly at risk for attack, especially in Oregon, where people are practically forbidden from serving Italian, Mexican, or Indian food if they don’t have the ethnicity to match. Rather than credit entrepreneurs for introducing delectable cuisine to their city, outraged community leaders accuse such business people of exploiting marginalized identities through idea poaching.

It would never occur to the Left that imitation is the highest form of flattery.

If we abide by the liberal definition, then I must visit Paradise Island soon and apologize to all the Amazon ladies for pretending to be Wonder Woman in first grade. Clearly, I was not tall and strong enough at age six to deserve the costume or the Underoos.

Politicians Smeared for Wearing Blackface

Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, is the latest politician to be smeared by the media for multiple instances of wearing blackface and brownface, a double whammy with a more severe penalty—he was forced to apologize in both English and French. Trudeau, supposedly a “woke” individual (meaning he went from being a jerk to an even bigger idiot), should be the Left’s darling, but liberals are apparently willing to eat their own on occasion to prove a point.

Trudeau is under fire for wearing brownface in 2001 at an “Arabian Nights” party. Am I missing the point of what a themed-party means? Would you attend a Luau party in an ugly Christmas sweater or a 60’s party NOT dressed as a hippie?

Virginia Governor, Ralph Northam, dared to wear blackface to imitate Michael Jackson at a 1980’s dance contest and was viciously condemned for it over 30 years later. If Northam had only known Michael would suffer from vitiligo, he could have waited ten years and gone without the blackface.

Who hasn’t imitated Michael Jackson? Millions of people around the globe have done so to demonstrate their honor, love, and respect for the King of Pop (before the sexual abuse allegations). In his hit, Black or White, the lyrics promise, I’m not going to spend my life being a color, and that it doesn’t matter if you’re black or white. Despite his eccentricities and questionable behavior, Jackson strove to be a unifier. Take a lesson, liberals!

The Left’s Double Standard

If there’s one thing liberals have established, it’s their code of morality is based on political maneuvering rather than being grounded in absolute truth.

The Left promotes “women’s reproductive rights” to mask infanticide, but will slander someone who wears blackface to pretend they are a beloved football player or rapper.

What’s the Left’s take on blacks who are mimes or circus clowns? You never hear an explosion of fake, moral outrage over a black who wears whiteface. The reason being the Left has also conveniently decided it’s impossible for white people to be victims of racism.

Grab a pitchfork and paint your face red with a black goatee and the Left doesn’t get upset—they applaud you for dressing up as a Democrat.

The Left can never seem to decide how to react to Rachel Dolezal—the white woman who pretended to be black for years. On one hand, Dolezal is guilty of blackface and cultural appropriation iniquities, but darn—she claims to be transrace, which falls under the Left’s gender identity umbrella.

If only the Left would cease trying to blur the lines between reality and fantasy, so many imagined offenses would be resolved.

Final Thoughts on Blackface

While blackface has a dark and deplorable history, the Left is making an issue of it to continue to marginalize people of color for the purpose of political exploitation. Liberals never tire of the race card because it’s the easiest way for them to incite division and make people of color feel oppressed when they aren’t.

For example, Hispanics trying to cross our southern border illegally aren’t despised by Americans because they are breaking our laws and acting criminally—it’s because they are brown, liberals claim.

If you or your kids are invited to a costume party, don’t let the Left rob you of a good time by dictating your make-up choices—just use common sense and be respectful. Getting into character has nothing to do with race.

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    • Luis G Asuncion profile image

      Luis G Asuncion 

      16 months ago from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines

      Thanks for sharing. At least, I finally know about blackface. In view of this, the cultural racism is much clearer right now.

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      Suzie 

      18 months ago from Carson City

      Having birthed 2 bi-racial (half-white/half-red) children......I'm entitled to make jokes about peace pipes....the libs can have all the seizures they want!!! I'm not afraid of them......I have a whole TRIBE on my side!!! LOL

    • Noelle7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Vivian Coblentz 

      18 months ago

      Paula,

      That story is HILARIOUS! See, your husband wasn't remotely offended! It's called "having fun." These radicals are a punch of sour, stuffed-shirts!

      I was rolling on the floor laughing at your peace pipe quip--a liberal somewhere just had a seizure over that one! You are a hoot!

    • fpherj48 profile image

      Suzie 

      18 months ago from Carson City

      Oh me oh my, Vivian......I guess the best way I can think of at this point, to comment on your wonderful article, is to tell a little story.. It's short, sweet, funny and clean! It's something that came to mind the moment I began to get the gist of your topic.

      Years ago, for an adult Halloween Costume Party that my husband and I were invited to by good friends of ours, I went as a Native American Indian Princess. I was very authentic looking.....braids, head band, feather, the whole outfit. The kicker was, my husband went as a cowboy.....but you see, he IS an authentic, pure bred Native American Indian......so our little routine was SUPPOSE to be funny. Believe me, it was funny to our friends.

      Imagine, if today, I ran into some of those who would like to shame me or harass me for "pretending to be something I am not" ......Oh wait!!

      Elizabeth Warren has already done that!!

      Love the article, Vivian! Peace.....I mean, "Smokem Peace Pipe anyone??" LOL!!

    • Noelle7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Vivian Coblentz 

      18 months ago

      wba108,

      You are so right--anything the Left opposes is a signal to us there's a hidden agenda to be discovered. You also hit the nail on the head when you said it's all about grabbing power. Isn't it interesting that the Left manufactures new hate crimes, but not one of them ever denounces Antifa?

      I just saw in the news where Antifa was harassing police in Portland near a climate rally, but no one on the Left seems to have a problem with this.

      https://www.foxnews.com/media/antifa-members-haras...

    • Noelle7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Vivian Coblentz 

      18 months ago

      Leland,

      Thank you for including those three references to other actors who wore blackface without anyone batting an eye. Those are great examples and just further evidence that this latest "offense" is just one of many divisive tactics the Left uses to keep tearing our nation apart instead of bringing us together. You are right--they are trying to brainwash/indoctrinate us on their "standards," but we can't let them!

      Thanks again for your great commentary!

    • Noelle7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Vivian Coblentz 

      18 months ago

      Pamela,

      Yes, Trudeau should not have lied about what he did. Lying seems to be a politician's knee jerk reaction when it comes to doing damage control to their image.

      I'm waiting for liberals to declare a war on Halloween so no one will ever make the mistake of cultural appropriation again!

    • Noelle7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Vivian Coblentz 

      18 months ago

      Betty,

      Yes, I read about those two women who had their food cart shut down. What a disgrace! We should always encourage business in America--it's what makes us thrive and gives everyone a chance to experience the American Dream for themselves!

      You are right--the Left wants heads down with no eye contact. They use many devices to control people, but we must fight against it.

      I watched Trudeau also blame his acts on white privilege. What a joke! Just goes to show the new lows politicians will go to in order to pacify people enough to get re-elected.

      Thanks for stopping by!

    • Noelle7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Vivian Coblentz 

      18 months ago

      A B,

      I think this is another reason why President Trump has such massive appeal--he says what he thinks without sugar coating it in political correctness. It's refreshing to hear someone speak their mind without worrying what others will think about it. It's not about being unkind--just an honest person who is an independent thinker!

    • Noelle7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Vivian Coblentz 

      18 months ago

      Greg,

      I totally agree with you! When did everyone get so serious and forget how to laugh and say, "good one!" This movement to make every spoken word a personal attack on someone is almost like the first amendment being subverted from the back door so it's not as obvious.

    • wba108@yahoo.com profile image

      wba108@yahoo.com 

      18 months ago from upstate, NY

      Anything the left opposes should be looked at with suspicion because everything they do has a political purpose. And that purpose is power, plain and simple. Creating new supposed hate crimes puts new weapons in their arsenal. Blackface is just another phony outrage created and encouraged by the left!

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      Leland Johnson 

      18 months ago from Midland MI

      Vivian- excellent article! So well written! It was informative and funny. Greg is right- the world is waaaaay too sensitive. I think it’s funny that there are plenty of actors who did it only a couple decades ago and it was considered funny. C. Thomas Howell did it in “Soul Man”. Ted Danson did it with Whoopie G. Standing right next to him at, was it the academy awards? Some big Hollywood hoopla deal. And Gene Wilder wore black face in The Sliver Streak and nobody thought it was racist until the Left, mind controlling, thought policing totalitarians of recent years told us all so. Great job Vivian!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      18 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I think the problem with Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, is that he did so 3 times and lied about it. I think if someone dresses up in a respectful manner it should not matter. I don't know why people are still hung up on anyone that dresses up in a comtume is being direpectful. We live in such a difficult time.

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      Betty A F 

      18 months ago from Florida

      Hi Vivian, all the rules that the progressives are putting out there are mind boggling.

      I read a while back about two women, I think they were from Oregon, who opened a taco stand. They were forced to close it because of "cultural appropriation." I have Hispanic relatives who tell me that Americanized Mexican food is very different from food in Mexico, so what they're doing is associating everything with culture which is nuts since America is a melting pot where cultures mix and certain aspects of different cultures become Americanized. Its part of what makes America great.

      Where are lines drawn? If the progressives have their way, everyone will be walking around looking straight ahead or with their heads down, and nobody will speak to anyone else as to not offend them.

      I also had to kind of chuckle about Justin Trudeau. I saw an interview where he blamed "white privilege," on his three known occasions of wearing blackface. Instead of admitting he was wrong, he put it on all white people...ugh.

      Another interesting article. I always enjoy your writings.

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      A B Williams 

      18 months ago from Central Florida

      Good job on this Vivian. I agree with Greg, the world is much too sensitive.

      They are afraid to make a move or express an opinion about anything...out of a fear of what someone might think or out of a fear of offending someone, so they just blend into the woodwork, keeping all opinions to themselves. It's just crazy.

      Not everyone will agree with me on this, oh well, I'll not be crushed or offended!!! :)

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      Greg Schweizer 

      18 months ago from Corona, California.

      I just know that this world is becoming way to sensitive.

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