Blackface is OK, according to 1 in 3 Americans
Apparently, making fun of people's color is ok only to people who have low self-esteem. A blatant show of ignorance (not racism) is on display in this country. Talk about low levels of intelligence; white folks are completely blind to theirs.
The survey is released as Virginia Governor Ralph Northam continues to battle allegations of racism.
A new poll found that roughly a third of Americans thinks it is acceptable to wear blackface.
The study released Monday by Pew Research, was carried out before recent revelationsthat Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D) and State Attorney General Mark Herring (D) both wore blackface in the 1980s. The State’s Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment (R), also admitted being the editor of the Virginia Military Institute’s 1968 yearbook which was filled with racial slurs and photos of individuals in blackface.
According to the survey, 34 percent of Americans said blackface was “always or sometimes” acceptable to wear as part of a Halloween costume, compared to 53 percent who believed it was rarely or never acceptable.
There was, not surprisingly, significant variance in the responses by according to racial and ethnic group. Just 19 percent of African-Americans thought blackface is ever acceptable, compared to 39 percent of whites. For Hispanics, that number was 26 percent.
There were also significant differences by age and political affiliation. For respondents under the age of 30, only 26 percent said that blackface was ever acceptable. The number goes up to 39 percent for those between the ages of 30 and 49. It climbs to 45 percent for those between 50 and 64.
Among Republicans and those who lean Republican, 50 percent said blackface was always or sometimes acceptable, while just 21 percent of those leaning toward Democrats feel that way.