On Sunday evening I was raring to go with a typical Ranty McAngryson post on the insensitivities of white people going in blackface for Halloween. While others find it funny or a joke or not-racist because they have black friends I was struck with how brazen so many have been about being so incredibly ignorant. If you follow me on twitter or Facebook especially, you will have noted multiple occasions within a 48 hour period where I grew increasingly frustrated with the presence of white folks going black for fun. That is until yesterday (or perhaps it was Tuesday?) when a white male told me that I didn’t have reason to be upset over those using the color of my skin as a prop. To which I wanted to respond with a clever GIF which will forever be my response whenever someone tells me when and how I should be offended:
After a few more reactions, a few more posts and a few more deep sighs I came to the realization - with the help of several friends - that this isn’t worth my time. My annoyance does not faze those who are misappropriating my race. A friend once told me not to allow others to live in my head rent free and that is exactly what I was allowing these morons to do. Not only that but did it really matter if I expressed to them why painting their faces black might not be the most effective way to go about creating a Halloween costume? Did I want to spend hours explaining the history of blackface and minstrel shows? Not really. Lest you think it’s because I don’t care it isn’t: It’s because people who are so inconsiderate and thoughtless as to think that being black is for entertainment value only do not want to hear what I have to say about the day in and day out of being a black person - better yet a black female. It isn’t about my inability to care as their inability to care and my ability to put my energy elsewhere.
Besides, dozens of other and better writers have already been there done that and expressed the cruelty of going as another race for a holiday. So, read and take heed and I’m really not looking forward to going through this again next year.