PSA: If you are not black and want to dress up as a black person for Halloween, skip the blackface. Everyone will still get the point.
Ahh, Halloween. That lovely time of year when people who might not be as dark-skinned as their costume person-of-interest take it upon themselves to smear black or brown paint on their faces. For those in need of a history lesson, “blackface” – as this wildly offensive practice is referred to – stems back to 19th century theater, when white actors would dramatize black stereotypes for comedic purposes by painting their faces.
This week, a Florida teen came under fire for employing blackface in her Nicki Minaj costume for homecoming, receiving a fury of responses on Twitter after sharing her photo collage. An Alabama school teacher also received scrutiny after dressing up in blackface as Kanye West for Halloween, shutter shades and all. As the trend continues to earn negative attention from the masses, it only begs one question: Is blackface necessary to pull of a costume of a black person? And the answer is a resounding “No.”
Take this school teacher for example, who chose to celebrate this year’s festivities as Drake in his “Hotline Bling” video. By simply imitating Drizzy’s sweatpants and Timberland boots fashions, he nailed – no blackface required:
This teacher dressed up as Drake from the Hotline Bling video pic.twitter.com/lydxWtpCYm
— Jack Mull (@J4CKMULL) October 30, 2015
Not exactly black and looking to dress up as a black person for Halloween? Peruse the gallery above for some no-blackface inspiration. You’re welcome.