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Facebook bans blackface and certain anti-Semitic conspiracy theories

Facebook bans blackface and certain anti-Semitic conspiracy theories

Facebook will start banning posts that contain blackface or that promote anti-Semitic conspiracy theories that Jewish people are running the world. The social media giant announced the expansion of its hate speech policies in a press call on Tuesday morning. Under the new policy, Facebook will no longer allow visual or written posts that depict…
Alabama Governor Says She Won’t Resign After College Blackface Skit Surfaces

Alabama Governor Says She Won’t Resign After College Blackface Skit Surfaces

"I don’t care if it was 52 years ago or yesterday," Givan told AL.com. "She is the governor of the state of Alabama, which is still considered one of the most racist states in the U.S. This is who she was then. It is who she is now. I have nothing for her. I don’t…
A new poll shows Virginians want their governor to stay despite blackface controversy

A new poll shows Virginians want their governor to stay despite blackface controversy

It’s been about two months since a cascade of scandals involving blackface and allegations of sexual assault rocked Virginia’s government — and a new poll has found a majority of Virginians think Gov. Ralph Northam should stay in office. The survey, conducted by Christopher Newport University’s Wason Center of 1,067 registered voters in early April,…
The complicated, always racist history of blackface

The complicated, always racist history of blackface

A series of scandals last week brought the issue of “blackface” — when nonblack people darken their skin using makeup or other products to imitate a black person — roaring back into the cultural conversation. Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam was embroiled in scandal last week after photos from his 1984 medical school yearbook were…
Wait, Those Katy Perry Shoes Aren’t Actually Blackface

Wait, Those Katy Perry Shoes Aren’t Actually Blackface

But it's worth taking a closer look at this latest brand scandal. Although the black was a poor choice, Katy Perry's shoes are kitschy and even a bit reminiscent of Cubism, bringing to mind images of Pablo Picasso's paintings. The shoes, arguably, intend to imitate art, not a racist trope. Of course, we're all on…
Gucci Issues Internal Statement About Blackface Sweater

Gucci Issues Internal Statement About Blackface Sweater

Update #2, February 12: On Monday evening, Fashionista published an internal memo circulated among Gucci employees. In the statement, CEO Marco Bizzarri says "We made a mistake. A big one. Because of cultural ignorance, but ignorance is not an excuse. And we accept responsibility for this mistake. Yet there is no way of thinking nor…
Gucci Apologizes For Sweater That Resembles Blackface

Gucci Apologizes For Sweater That Resembles Blackface

Late Wednesday, Gucci apologized on Twitter after one of its products sparked outrage for its resemblance to blackface. "Gucci deeply apologizes for the offense caused by the wool balaclava jumper," the brand's statement began. "We can confirm that the item has been immediately removed from our online store and physical stores." The statement continues: "We…
Virginia governor’s 1984 yearbook page features people in blackface and KKK hood

Virginia governor’s 1984 yearbook page features people in blackface and KKK hood

A photograph from Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s page in a 1984 medical school yearbook shows two people — one in blackface, the other in a Ku Klux Klan costume. The governor, in apologizing for the picture a few hours after its release, confirmed he was one of the people in it. He did not…

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