A Culture, Not a Costume: Remember to Avoid Blackface This Halloween A Culture, Not a Costume: Remember to Avoid Blackface This Halloween
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A Culture, Not a Costume: Remember to Avoid Blackface This Halloween

by Cord Jefferson

October 28, 2011

You may remember the above photo from the now infamous "gangsta" party held by students at Clemson University in 2007. Some of the party's female attendees stuffed their pants to give themselves exaggerated butts and, as you can see in this picture, at least one man in attendance went in blackface (though that's probably more accurately called "black body"). Inevitably, pictures went viral via Facebook, and civil rights groups quickly condemned the party, much to the surprise of the students who organized it—they claimed they had no idea it would be offensive.

Only time will tell if STARS' awareness campaign has a major impact, but at the very least it should serve as an impetus to start your own personal awareness campaign: This Halloween, friends don't let friends leave the house in blackface.

PLUS: GOOD's guide to figuring out whether your Halloween costume will offend

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A Culture, Not a Costume: Remember to Avoid Blackface This Halloween