a blog/forum from the desk of author, P. J. Dean, primarily for promoting her latest releases, for discussing romance writing and that curious niche christened "multicultural." Tea will be sipped and occasionally spilled about the irrational, racial and religious WTFery that goes on in the industry. Related "multicultural" stateside doings will be highlighted too.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Halloween costume ideas or "What about my outfit?"
Wow! The week is young and the young 'uns have showed up,
showed out and showed their asses. Where do I begin? How do I begin? Let's
start with the costumes that were picked by some for Halloween. Hear and
believe me, selecting a pejorative persona of any race, ethnicity or whatever
is NOT cool in which to adorn yourself. Let me repeat. NOT EVER! NEVER! No
Blackface, no Whiteface (zombies, ghosts, spectres allowed), no Redface (demons excluded unless they come forward
and protest), no Brownface, no Yellowface. It's a no-no. It's not funny, entertaining
or witty. What it is, is ignorant and demonstrates a person severely lacking in
empathy/compassion for others.
I don't want to hear, "It's a joke. Get over it. I
didn't mean it."
It's asinine. Is one that stupid and insensitive? So you
think it's dope to dress up as a dead Trayvon Martin (full Blackface) and pose
with someone dressed as his killer, Zimmerman?
This goes for that "DWTS" honey who went in Blackface to a
Halloween party. Yeah, I know her face wasn't that dark and the TV character she picked is Black but to simply
dress in an orange jumpsuit and sport knots in her hair would have been enough.
The extra mile wasn't needed.
This criticism (not hatin', there is a difference)
extends to the young Black female who thought it was A-OK to
"blacken" her face, wear gingham and carry a pail of cotton balls for
Yep, nothing says Halloween fun like toting cotton.
Young lady, apparently, your kin has never impressed upon
you the history of Black people in the States. Or they have and you have failed
to grasp it. Let me inform you: the history of African-Americans in the USA has never been a
My opinion on all this? It's free will. They will behave as they want. But they must remember: all actions have consequences. These people are of the I-don't-know-and-the-I-don't-care-to-know-mindset. The notion of empathy does not reach certain centers of their
brains. They see their actions as a laugh and a lark. And to make matters even
wackier, when caught with doo-doo on their shoes, if they apologize, the apologies are as bereft of understanding as the acts
that preceded them.
Alright, I have aired my views and you may not agree or
care. Oops! There's that pesky word. But you know what? It doesn’t matter. It my blog. It is no skin off my backside because
this behavior will continue to occur in all types of scenarios about all types of
things. This sort of mindset spreads over all topics in varying degrees. It
won’t change until the people thinking it, change. I do believe its prevalence
needs to be pointed out though because being ignorant is never blissful or
Do have a happy, safe and thoughtful Halloween!
Explore more of this realness in my interracial/paranormal romance series THE FELIG CHRONICLES. Book 3, UNION, appears November 1st.