And I agree with you that maybe she was not INTENTIONALLY mocking anyone, but the end result was that she most certainly was.
Also, you posted in this thread with an opinion and others are allowed to challenge it.
by virtue of the fact you're calling me rude, I shall assume I've made my point. obviously you can see how attending a party dressed up as a holocaust victim would be offensive. dressing up in blackface is no different.
it doesn't matter that she went as Kanye. it's the blackface reference that's the issue here.
I really dislike people pulling the "you are not educated on this" card when someone offers a VALID opinion on something like this.
Racism has intent, it doesn't just happen.
Yes there is a historical background to this, and that explains the uproar. However, that does not automatically mean everyone has to agree it is offensive.
Change never comes that way.
And, actually (because someone said it), white people DO experience racism too. On such a grand scale? Gosh no, but that doesn't make it ok.
I do not see that this girl was "doing blackface". She was dressing up as someone she admires. If she was "doing blackface" she would be acting like and uneducated hick- as they did in olden days.
Also, racism against white people is not a thing because for racism to work there has to be prejudice + power. When there is no power, it's just prejudice, or discrimination. For racism to be a thing it has to be systemic, not just "I hate you because you're white".
There is a point to reading and educating oneself on these issues though. If you honestly don't understand why doing certain things cause offence then how else are you supposed to learn?
As for intent I just can't agree. It's blaming the victim. Sorry you were offended but I didn't mean to offend so therefore you can't be.
Do I think what she did was racist? Probably not. I think she was stupid and yes uneducated on this subject and will never do it again.
But blackface is a form of racism. It's not common in Australia (hence why most don't get it) but it is extremely sensitive in America so I understand why people here may not get it.
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