Hello Meltingpot Readers,
I have to apologize for the ‘interruption in service.’ Ms. Meltingpot is up to her ears in work, all related to being Professor Meltingpot. The semester is almost over, so that means finals to correct, amongst a list of other duties I must complete. So, please pardon my paltry postings these days.
Okay, now let’s get back to business.
Dear readers, I don’t know if I mentioned here that I wrote an article for TheGrio.com a few weeks about the prevalence of blackface all around the world. In the article, I gave examples of ‘international blackface’ from Spain, Japan and Holland. Since then, I can’t seem to stop hearing about new cases of blackface being used in different countries. Today, somebody sent me a link about an Israeli soldier donning blackface in imitation of President Obama. After reading the article, it seems questionable whether one would consider what the solider did as ‘blackface,’ but it is clearly offensive.
What do you think, dear readers? Should people living outside the United States get a free pass for blackface? I don’t think so. I think blackface is offensive — not to mention humiliating and painful — to any Black person, regardless of national origin. And I think any White person smearing their face with dark matter in crude imitation of Black people, ought to be ashamed. And I think the practice should be put to death, along with other outdated modes of racist imagery, like lawn jockeys and white pointy hoods. But that’s just my opinion.
Feel free to tell me what you think. About blackface, the Israeli soldier now in the hot seat, or what kind of Christmas cookies you’re planning to bake. I’m here to listen.