To which a poster replied;
Malia KuuleialohaAgree/disagree? I thought this post was very truthful and well put, mainly the intended racism part, but i'd like to hear what others have to say
Wow, please for your own sake, please lighten up. The historical significance of black face and a college student or a NFL cheerleader painting their face for a halloween costume are so far off from eachother that it isn't even funny. When you call attention to things like this you take away attention from ACTUAL racism. Instead of drugging up a contrived article on Halloween costumes as a discussion forum for race, you could have actually found a real article about racism to give a commentary on. If you actually were a historian and understood historical significance of black face you would understand that the only reason that it was ever offensive for a white person to paint their face black was because of the intended racism behind it. It was a statement. A Halloween costume is not a statement. It's a costume, it's supposed to look nothing like you. It's supposed to be whimsical and poke fun. You have no reason to judge these people unless you know for a fact that their motives were racist.
You can't tip toe around everything in life. We are a melting pot society. The fact that an artist like T-Pain has become popular enough to become a Halloween costume shows how much our society has changed for the better since the civil rights movement. Costumes of Jon Gosselin, T-Pain, Freddy Kruger, and German Beer Wench's all stand side by side. One more thought. If a black woman dresses up as the St. Pauli girl is it inherently racist? No. Because it's a Halloween Costume. Halloween is supposed to be fun. Stop trying to suck the fun out of a great american tradition.