Black, Brown, and Yellow Face

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    Im listening to discussions today about black, brown and yellow face and I’m seeking some clarity.

    I do understand the inappropriateness of blackface given the racist history of our country and how it was used to demean blacks in the past. I get it and I am not promoting the acceptance of blackface.

    But I’m listening to commentators talking about brown and yellow in the same way. They are making the point that if it’s a minority then it’s racist because it is dehumanizing and demeaning because it is making fun of the way people look. Pointing out old movies that were racist because white people dressed up as black and Asian characters often for comedic purposes... Is SNL now a racists show?

    I’m writing this OP to discuss where the line is. It seems like we are moving towards calling Halloween a racist holiday. What about caricature drawings? Are these also racist because they make fun of people features? Should they only be acceptable for white people or not accepted at all?

    Please share your thoughts...


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    boy oh boy , these silly issues got you younger guys hopping all over the place and treating these silly issues seriously . I think its funny to see Slade .
     
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    Acceptable for white people to lampoon or be lampooned?
     
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    Well Pis, some of us actually care about people’s feelings and how our actions effect others. With that said I do think there is a surge of over sensitivity going on in certain areas which is why healthy discussions are good to have.
     
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    To be lampooned
     
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    The fact that you would even ask such a ridiculous question shows how well trained you are.
     
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    ------------------------------------ yeah , and its pretty funny to see and hear Slade .
     
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    the way you guys are going you'll never be able to have a proper 'mohamad' cartoon contest .
     
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    There's nothing inherently "racist, demeaning or dehumanizing" about simple costuming makeup. That occurs when the wearer of said costuming then uses it TO demean, dehumanize or mock the race invoked. Absent that it's a simple stage prop.

    This is much like claiming that simply identifying someone's race is all by itself "racist". It isn't. Racism requires a value judgment. So if Fred Armisen is picked to play Barack O'bama, a darkened skin tone serves the same purpose as that chinchilla on Alec Baldwin's head does when he plays Rump. No more, no less.
     

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