Ok, let's talk about this guy-
He calls himself "Blackface Jesus".
Now, who cares what his motives are or how he justifies rocking blackface at hipster parties in New York. The problem I have is not with his existence, but the passive acceptance by the other party goers who are with him, and the recurring big-ups he's been getting from Gawker, a blog about NY media.
Nichelle had this to say:
When I first saw the "Blackface Jesus" on Gawker last week, it was just another "Blue States Lose" thing and I just rolled my eyes. Now in their third or fourth post of the guy, the weak joke is turning to be really offensive. An image of a white guy in black face is what got frat boys and Ted Danson in trouble. Now, this kid gets glorified as a symbol of coolness. WTF?!
Jay Smooth, though he was addressing a different situation said something I think fits here:
I've been saying for years that irony is now the last refuge of a coward. A singularly dishonest and deluded sort of coward who imagines his behavior a mark of courage, as he fearlessly refuses to take anything seriously.
Cowardice is the root of all hipster irony.
And this is never more obvious, or more ugly, than when issues of race are involved.
Again, the issue I have is how others react to this guy. For me, this is an example of White male privilege being flaunted at it's worst. He rocks blackface because well, he can. And Gawker can highlight him as a funny ironic joke over and over because they can. Even in New York where Whites are the minority.
It's like saying, "F-- your sensitivity and the history behind this symbol. Even when outnumbered we can do what we want without taking seriously any critique". Well, this is my critique.