The other day I started a conversation in a Facebook group I belong to that’s supposed to be for nerds to generally geek out over dorky things, but to also sometimes have meaningful conversations.
The topic I brought up was The Onion and Quvenzhane Wallis. I was noticing how people were reacting all over the Internet, and I started to see that there were demographic patterns emerging. It seemed that the people who were most vocal about their disapproval of The Onion where female and black. It seemed that white men were more likely to defend The Onion. White women and black men seemed split in either camp. I wasn’t sure if it was as much of a gender thing than it was a race thing, so I brought it up in a Facebook group which consists of mostly men of color.
NBC New York: A New York state assemblyman from Brooklyn is facing critics after he wore black face paint as part of his costume for a party celebrating the Jewish holiday of Purim.
Democratic Assemblyman Dov Hikind wore the face paint plus an Afro wig at the party he hosted at his home. A photo of Hikind was posted on Facebook by his son.
Hikind defended his decision to wear the costume, writing in a blog post: “I am intrigued that anyone who understands Purim — or for that matter understands me — would have a problem with this. This is political correctness to the absurd. There is not a prejudiced bone in my body.”
Do you see this? A NYC politician not only thinks it’s okay to wear blackface, but is defending it like everyone else has the problem. I’M SO DONE!