Let's Talk About: Reclaiming Blackface
I have a habit of adding complete and total strangers on my facebook. In fact, I have around 2,000 friends on my Kat Blaque facebook account. Most of which are people within the gay night life scene of New York City. I’ve met a lot of very interesting people this way and made some lasting…
I feel like reclamation can be misguided, but at the same time, it can be empowering. As to whether this is either, I can’t really say.
I’ve seen very many Mexican-American folks like myself embrace luchadores, mariachis, and overly-Catholic imagery to a point where it is subversive and a little cartoonish. That being said, I’m not sure how much power it takes away from stereotypes.
Reclaiming blackface is not really something I feel very comfortable drawing comparisons to, because I am not Black. But Black folks wearing blackface isn’t terribly new, and I know it was a way that Michael Jackson would disguise himself when he was younger (he’d also wear a giant false beard) so he could go mostly undetected at concerts.