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I guess I bought this white face paint for nothing, then. No Justin Timberlake costume for me. :(


Don't worry! If you just let history into your heart you'll find out why attempting a reverse racism here doesn't work~


Oh, of course! Of course it doesn't work! I should've known you weren't talking about other colors, you're only talking about people painting themselves darker! Of course you're speaking for the black community, surely the only ones you can be referring to in reference to blackface. I don't know why I thought you were referring to all instances of coloring skin. Thank you so much for speaking up for us, we who have feelings so fragile that any dark facepaint offends us. I was silly to assume you weren't singling us out as whiny, immature fools who can't tell the difference between a mocking, racially-charged caricature of black culture and a harmless Halloween costume.

The history of blackface is important, yes. But assuming any and all instances of making skin darker for a costume should be seen as similar to blackface is silly. Assuming that black people can't tell the difference between the two is insulting. I don't know what color you are, and I don't care, but you need to learn to speak for yourself and not an entire people group.
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That's not anywhere close to the point I was making.

What I'm implying is that with this specific blip of history known as blackface being often ignored and/or not typically generally taught knowledge to people of current generations, why should someone automatically assume this was even meant to portray said niche of comedy's past?


Sorry, I didn't mean to sound like I was attacking you there. I was mainly lamenting the annual Idiots In Blackface Costumes that comes up every Halloween by people who should know better.

That said, in the modern lexicon the term encompasses more than a very specific make up type used in the past. Idiots in blackface around Halloween each year are not specifically dressing up as a minstrel from the late 1800s. They are however repeating the purpose of said makeup and thats the problem.

Also given that the practice lasted for over 100 years I'm not sure you could call it a "blip" -.-


Wait, you mean it's not just a Germanic lithographic typeface? I guess that's black letter then... I think black letter on the face is prolly acceptable then... Need to get my obscure costuming together
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That a university chancellor would over react to any "perceived" slight is not surprising or disturbing.

What I find disturbing is that I can't tell whether these two "students" are boys or girls. The article only talks of "two students"; and the picture doesn't help.

Please enlighten.
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The history of blackface is important, yes. But assuming any and all instances of making skin darker for a costume should be seen as similar to blackface is silly. Assuming that black people can't tell the difference between the two is insulting. I don't know what color you are, and I don't care, but you need to learn to speak for yourself and not an entire people group.


Except I did not say that anywhere in this discussion. I was quite clearly referring to blackface. Seeing as I said "blackface" in the very thing you quoted to begin this little tirade and that is what this whole topic is about. To pretend otherwise is intellectually dishonest at best. You know damn well what I meant and if you didn't you need to read before you post.

You've manufactured your own outrage.

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well, to be fair, most people think exfoliation masks are green, so when a black one shows up... well, there goes the sjw neighborhood
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Oy vey...*shakes head


So now, masks are problematic. Got it. Let me just pop some zits then as they drip and goo all over the place!
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Two students at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater were publicly, officially branded as “racist” in a campus-wide post because the school’s chancellor mistook their exfoliation masks for blackface.

The controversy all started when the students posted a Snapchat photo of themselves wearing face masks in the dorms. Seeing as skincare is widely accepted as an uncontroversial activity, they probably thought nothing of it — but Chancellor Beverly Kopper rushed to interpret it as blackface and immediately posted a statement condemning them as racist on the school’s official website.

”Last night a disturbing racist post that was made to social media was brought to my attention,” Kopper wrote in a statement on the school’s official website last week.

“This post was hurtful and destructive to our campus community,” Kopper’s post continued. While social media can certainly bring about positive change, it can also be a place that deeply hurts and harms others.”

The students — likely very shocked to find that they had been declared “racist” for an attempt at self-care — immediately explained that they weren’t trying to hate, just to exfoliate, which has prompted widespread backlash against Kopper.

State senator Stephen Nass (R., Whitewater) even released a statement criticizing Kopper, explaining that “the [chancellor’s] official statement misled students, parents, and the public by confirming that a racist event had occurred, even though it really hadn’t.”

“The racial over-reaction of Chancellor Beverly Kopper and other UW–Whitewater administrators without first checking the facts of the situation is a stark example of how political correctness has warped the mindset of highly educated university administrators,” Nass continued. “Frankly, these are the people responsible for educating our sons and daughters, but they seem incapable of applying reason or common sense.”

Now, you might think that Kopper would feel pretty stupid and want to apologize to the students for her mistake.

Nope.

In an interview about the incident for local news source Channel 300, Kopper criticized the students for not thinking about “the implications and the impact that it would have” if they took a picture of themselves wearing certain kinds of skin-care products.

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/431719/racist-students-exfolation-masks-university-wisconsin-blackface

Cleaning your face is now racist.


To the people who found these masks upsetting...Ahem...

You're welcome...
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Posted 2/24/16

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I got one full of white tanks too... I'm going to hell aren't I?


Ya know oddly enough I have no red shirts in my dresser..Yay I am not a racist.


What about brown pants?
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Riddle me this. I'm Black. I use a dark-colored moisturizing mask on the occasion. Am I therefore racist...?

Personally, I wouldn't post such an unflattering picture of myself on social media, and there's no way I wouldn't at first ask what was going on in the picture before slapping somebody with a "racist" label. Was there at least an apology?
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yeah, they should be in class 24/7. no excuses
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You know, I find those who shout racism over stupid things like this are more racist. Honestly, people will do anything to get attention and spread hate.
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