The Worst Part of Halloween

[Content Note: Racism; racist imagery; appropriation; violence.]

In the year of our lord Jesus Jones two thousand and thirteen, there are still white people who think it's okay to do blackface for Halloween. (See also.) Over the weekend, actress Julianne Hough was snapped in a blackface costume, and a couple of nightmares from Florida dressed up as George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin, the latter complete with blackface and bloody bullet hole in chest.

This is not okay. This is not okay.

Treating eliminationist violence like a joke is not okay. Turning identity into a costume is not okay. Making costumes that look like pieces of a marginalized person's body have been literally torn from their bodies and turned into trophies for privileged people to wear like a fucking punchline is not okay.

Stop it. Just stop.

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