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PSA: Blackface Is NEVER Acceptable

Enough of racism and enough of blackface

As a 25-year Black educator in an affluent district, I feel the need to share this Public Service Announcement (PSA) about wearing Blackface as part of a costume. I have to do it for the Black students and Black teachers who may be in the minority at their school. (I’m one of 4 at 7 elementary schools.) All it takes is one White teacher to show up in Blackface to change the tone of the day. For example…

Every year in the weeks leading up to Halloween, we have the same discussion about wearing Blackface as part of a costume. Yet, there’s always a few who choose to ignore it.

This year, Megyn Kelly, led the discussion with an all-White panel (Yes, she went there.). Kelly shared the lie that it was acceptable when she was a kid. She’s close to my age (50). It wasn’t acceptable in the late 60s, the 70s, or even the 80s. Blackface wasn’t even acceptable after Al Jolson used it in The Jazz Singer. It’s definitely not acceptable now.

So, for the millionth time…

Don’t Wear Blackface as Part of Your Halloween Costume!

T.LanetteIt’s offensive to Black people. It was done to mock us earlier in history and even now. Please, if you’re a teacher like the one in the link above, don’t do it! If you don’t care about Black adults feel, please think of our Black children. Blackface is never acceptable