I’ve already asked this family’s resident white person and he disavowed any knowledge or understanding of the practice. In fact, I think he rebuked it in the name of the Lord, but he tends to mumble so I’m not sure. Anyway, I just need to understand what’s funny about it, and why some white people feel compelled to do it. I mean, in this case she was going to the party as Lil Wayne. Now, with his facial tattoos, unfortunate dentrifice and ridiculous attire that gentleman is pretty distinctive looking. Why did she feel the need to darken her skin as well? I mean, if I wore a Dolly Parton costume I’d slap on a big blonde wig, some fake boobs and sequins. I wouldn’t feel the need to paint myself white. In fact, I’d think it was absurd.
This is the guy she was going as. Do you really need black skin to make yourself look like this clown? He’s a freaking cartoon. (And as an aside, does that belt buckle say RAPE?)
Even if you somehow don’t see this as a racist act, it goes back to the issue that no matter what, for some white people a black person’s race is the first thing they see.