‘Whiteface’ Halloween costume divides internet

THERE has never been a time where politically incorrect Halloween outfits have attracted such scrutiny.

In an attempt to put an end to "offensive" costumes, a number of universities have been issuing guides, checklists and even threats to educate students on what is acceptable attire.

Some schools are even holding workshops and offering around-the-clock counselling.

The University of St. Thomas in Minnesota listed Native American headdresses, Mexican sombreros, geisha outfits and any form of blackface as "unacceptable" on its "Costume or Culture Appropriation" flyers.

"Cultural appropriation is defined as 'the act of taking intellectual and cultural expressions from a culture that is not your own, without showing that you understand or respect the culture'," the flyer read.

This is just one example of many, with a number of flowcharts also circulating around universities.


With this is mind, it raised the question of whether two African-American men dressed as "white privilege", complete with whiteface, should be considered racist?


Is this picture of two African-American men dressed as 'white privilege' racist?
Is this picture of two African-American men dressed as 'white privilege' racist?

After going viral on Facebook, opinion was divided about the controversial outfit.

Many were quick to suggest the costume was a clear double standard of what is acceptable.







Then there were those who said they were white and couldn't care less about the costume, with some even finding it funny.






The debate over whether this should be considered racist has been raging for years, with CNN anchor Don Lemon's comments regarding comedian Nick Cannon's "whiteface" one of most highly circulated answers.

"Yes, it is a double standard, and rightly so," he said, reported Media ITE.

"Why? Very simply - because of slavery, because of Jim Crow, because of segregation.

"Because blackface was created to mock a group of people who had no power, and to further stereotype them as animals, as monkeys, and as less than human.

"What Nick Cannon did may be obnoxious or silly or immature or gimmicky, however, it is not racist.

"Not one white person I asked said they were offended by it. Not one white person will be mocked for it, or will lose out on a job, because Nick Cannon is playing a white person in his Instagram video."

Do you think whiteface is offensive? Continue the conversation with Matthew Dunn on Facebook and Twitter.

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