At a Children’s Memorial Hospital fundraiser, not one but two guys chose to dress in blackface. One was Lockport alderman John Robert Krzos. The other guy is apparently lucky enough not to have any kind of fame, because he wasn’t named.
You do have to wonder about all the people at the party and why they didn’t say anything. Krzos apparently posted his picture in blackface on facebook. So either nobody said anything to him, or he didn’t listen when they did.
It is somewhat encouraging to see the Tribune has run two articles about blackface in the past two days, especially given its previous vigorous defense of dressing up as Indians. Although I suspect most people don’t learn their lessons as concepts (making an identity into a costume is unacceptable) but rather as individual bits unrelated to systemic racism (black people are offended by blackface). Therefore I am still not hopeful that racist concepts and the racist imagination will be recognized.