blackface, Politics and Race, Race

Canada’s prime minister reminds us that it is not “a whole new world”

A picture has surfaced of Justin Trudeau, now the prime minister of Canada, wearing "brown face."  To offer a comprehensive description, he also has a brown neck and hands at an "Arabian Nights" themed event back in 2001.  He is a 29 year old teacher-- not a student-- at West Point Grey Academy.  It's a… Continue reading Canada’s prime minister reminds us that it is not “a whole new world”

Race, Race and Culture, Racial Identity

Ralph Northam’s yearbook photo is actually a group picture

Democratic Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has admitted to wearing a racist costume and has apologized.  In his 1984 medical school yearbook, there appears someone dressed as a member of the Ku Klux Klan and another in blackface.  Tonight, persons are calling for his resignation. While I take issue with his decision to wear either "costume"… Continue reading Ralph Northam’s yearbook photo is actually a group picture

Healing from Race, Race, Race and Culture, Racial Identity

Race is something to talk about

I'm not one to shy away from a conversation on race and today, Prada had an unplanned one after a passerby noticed a bag in the window of a shop in Soho.  There appeared to be a blackface accessory attached to the bag.  Cue the removal of the bag, a statement from Prada and another… Continue reading Race is something to talk about

Blackness, Fear, Healing from Race, Poetry, Race, Race and Culture, Racism, Stereotypes, Symbols of Race

Trayvon Martin: Blackness and Halloween Costumes

Trayvon Martin.  Most Americans know his name and the story of his death.  But, now his name is strangely associated with Halloween.  Apparently, some persons think that it is acceptable to dress like a dead child and in blackface, no less.  I cannot even begin to describe the callousness of those who think it good fun… Continue reading Trayvon Martin: Blackness and Halloween Costumes