It’s that time of year again, where white people show their collective ignorance and willfully dress up in blackface even though they’ve been told time and time again that it’s racist and harmful. Apparently, Megyn Kelly wasn’t the only who didn’t get the memo that blackface is offensive. Davenport, Iowa first grade teacher Megan Luloff took it upon herself to dress as Lafawnduh, a black charter from the movie Napoleon Dynamite, complete with full on blackface, her arms and face painted black, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. The Davenport School District is now investigating the Walcott Elementary School teacher.
“The wearing of blackface is never appropriate in any circumstance by any person,” Superintendent Art Tate said in an email. “The issue is under investigation by the district.” That being said, the school district is already under state supervision due, according to the Courier, “a disproportionate number of minority students have been identified for special education and subject to disciplinary actions.” So remember non-black people, before you expose yourself with dumb costumes, just know that you can dress up as Black people, or Black characters without painting yourself Black. If your costume is good enough, people will get it. Do better, prepare better. Don’t be a racist for Halloween.
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