Remember your cheesy high school pep rallies? I don’t because I always ditched them. But maybe if they included blackface instead of forced enthusiasm I would have actually sat through one sheerly for the sake of curiosity. Recently a high school in Waverly, New York did just that.
To go along with all of the cheers and cries for victory, Waverly High School included a skit that depicted white people with blackface. What was the skit about, you ask? A satirical depiction of Chris Brown’s beat-down of Rihanna at the 2009 Grammys. Three white students dressed up in blackface and reenacted the infamous moment in sexist history. I can’t comprehend who actually thought this would be a good idea.
This skit was actually approved by administrators and the whole community watched as this went down without doing anything to stop it. The picture does it the most justice. How can something like this occur in 2012? A high school in a predominantly white neighborhood allowed this monstrosity of a skit to be part of an event that is supposed to promote the community.
The students performed the skit at the high school’s pep rally Friday as part of the annual competition for the title of “Mr. Waverly.” What the Mr. Waverly competition entails? Your guess is as good as mine, but I am sure it was not created to reenact racist and sexist events in pop culture.
If you are reading this kids, below is the only way of going blackface and getting away with it.
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