Is it all racist fun and games when Julianne Hough steps out in blackface?
It’s the 21st century but blacks remain the one race people still think it’s okay to insult, mock and degrade with impunity. Actress Julianne Hough thought it would be funny to dress in black face for a Halloween Party to look like the black female character Crazy Eyes in the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black.”
Hough almost certainly would never dream of dressing up as a Holocaust victim or Hasidic Jew but painting her face to look like a black person seemed to make perfect sense. For those who think this is much ado about nothing, a history lesson is in order. During the 19th century, white actors began painting their faces black with big red lips to perform caricatures of blacks as lackadaisical coons and darkies.
Blackface may have gone out of vogue long ago after passage of the Civil Rights Act but many Americans like Hough still view blacks in racist stereotypes and have no problem showing it. Some Republicans, particularly the white male, establishment ones, just don’t get it either when it comes to blacks. In an interview about North Carolina’s voter ID law with the Daily Show, Buncombe County, North Carolina Republican precinct chair Don Yelton made a few distasteful comments about blacks.
After stating he had “been called a bigot before,” Yelton told the Daily Show, “Matter of fact one of my best friends is …(pause for emphasis) BLACK.” Thinking people wouldn’t think he’s a racist, Yelton then said when he was a young black he “didn’t call a black a black but a negro.” Well, that’s not appropriate now. Perhaps Don could use a history lesson on Civil Rights movement and all.
Yelton added that if North Carolina’s voter ID law hurt lazy young kids, lazy whites and “lazy black people that wants the government to give them everything, so be it.” So Yelton thinks all blacks are lazy and want a government handout?
He didn’t say all lazy whites want a government handout.