Last month in LA was the re-release of the first "talkie" AKA motion picture with sound and was a historical event for some but not for me. Why? Because the title of this "talkie" is The Jazz Singer starring America's favorite Jewish Blackface performer, Al Jolson. I wasn't having it and made my voice heard in the comments section of the internet post announcing its historical significance.
Now that yet another Halloween has come and gone, I find myself angry yet again. Why? Because some people still feel it necessary to put on Blackface and parade in costume around as their favorite personality on All Hallow's Eve.
At this year's 3rd Annual Halloween Do Over finale better known as the Boo Over, was of course a reveler in Blackface apparently portraying a member of NWA. I wasn't there, and given that this event draws a very multiethnic (read: Black) crowd, I couldn't help but wonder if anyone stepped to this dude and gave him verbal lashing for his outfit.
I just wonder: Is this somehow acceptable now and I didn't get the memo?
[Photo via flickr.com from El Che]