The Virginia governor, Ralph Northam, is in the news for a 1980s photo featuring blackface and KKK costumes.
My question today for readers: Have you ever personally attended an event in which people dressed up either in blackface or in a KKK outfit?
Personal answer: No! And I don’t think it is because I have been associating only with the most sensitive Americans.
Was there a wave of popularity for either blackface or KKK costumes at some point that I completely missed?
- “Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax Denies Sexual Assault Allegation” (HuffPost): the potential replacement government says #DontBelieveWomen
- Black History Month (February)
- “When we said more black faces in government, we should have been specific.” (meme)
- “Second Virginia Democrat Says He Wore Blackface, Throwing Party Into Turmoil” (nytimes): “The third-ranking elected official in Virginia, Attorney General Mark R. Herring, acknowledged Wednesday that he had worn blackface at a party as an undergraduate student, deepening a crisis that has engulfed the state’s Democratic leadership. Then, just two hours later, a woman came forward to describe in detail her accusation that Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax had sexually assaulted her in 2004, an accusation he denies.”