Is Blackface a Big Deal?
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.
Your Thoughts On Blackface
Do you think painting your face a different color from your ethnicity for a costume party is wrong?
© 2019 Vivian Coblentz