The Mans Dem know it is not June but we realise it is Black History Month (BHM) in the UK. The last day of BHM in Blighty is also Halloween. The Mans Dem would like to echo the public service message on Halloween; Blackface is Always a Bad Idea!
It is always a bad idea and it is never okay for anyone in the post-modern era to black up on Halloween or any other day, full stop. #TWIBradio and Dr. Blair M Kelly make clear why blackface is not okay. Dr Kelly's very well informed analysis of how harmful black tropes are alive and well today is a much needed message. Her insight on how the spectre of Jim Crow haunts the constructs of culture in the U.S and the U.K is eye opening. (Full disclosure) The Mans Dem was introduced to Dr. Kelly via TWIB. Social networking works that way.
Dr Kelly also penned (probably typed) a well written article on blackface entitled, A Brief History of Blackface Just in Time for Haloween ,over on the Grio, her perspective, intelligence and critique is refreshing have a read…
Both the podcast and the article will equip one with information to issue verbal smack-downs of anyone blacked up for Halloween or fancy dress parties. When issuing smack-downs please calmly hurl facts, social critique, judgement and shade. Further ammunition on the harm and usage of blackface can be found here, here, here, here, here and here and this exists.
So one last time, It always is a bad idea to dress in blackface and it is never okay.