Many people were outraged by the decision to have Atlanta charter school students wear blackface masks — which evoke the minstrel shows of the early 19th century — during a black history event.
Colleges across the country are issuing dress codes for Halloween to stop cultural appropriation, which runs rampant during the Halloween season.
College student Jaiah Fern got all dolled up for a fun night out with friends, but her selfies caused her to be accused of blackface for resembling Nicki Minaj.
Instagram model Jaiden Gumbayan recently came under harsh criticism for posting photos that many called cultural appropriation and "blackface."
Kim Kardashian West made another attempt at breaking the Internet on Wednesday when she revealed an upcoming launch of her own cosmetics line, KKW Beauty. Not only was Kardashian called out for copying her younger sister Kylie Jenner, more seriously she was accused of altering her skin color for her new brand’s first promotional photos. In the image posted on multiple social media channels, Kardashian is seen with a strong contour, and an unusually dark complexion. One Twitter user immediately replied to the photo, writing “you black now sis?” which was followed by a choir of others accusing her of intentionally darkening her skin.
Take the Dutch holiday tradition of so-called Black Pete, for example. Known in his native Netherlands as Zwarte Piet, the holiday character has been a winter tradition in the country for some time, and in recent years the tradition has been met with protest and cries of racism — as one would imagine for any character traditionally portrayed in blackface, with Afro wigs, golden earrings, and bright red lips. While fans of Black Pete claim the portrayal is not racist and should be preserved as part of tradition, this recent video from Vox.com takes a look at some of these consistent arguments for maintaining a celebration that a fast-growing number of people feel is harmful, racist, and long overdue for a change.
So we’re guessing the folks at Snapchat were totally baked when they came up with their latest gimmick: a Bob Marley filter! Special for 420 day! Get it?