Oh my Africa!

October. It’s a month of change. The leaves turn color, people change into other people on halloween, starbucks changes its menu, and overall, it’s a great month.

However, a few weeks ago, I stumbled upon an article while on Facebook. It was a post about a girl’s 21st themed birthday party. Ok, sounds pretty normal, except for the fact that the theme was African theme. As I scrolled through the images, her guests wore tribal clothing, KKK cloaks, and even took the liberty wearing black-face.

Not only are these costumes incredibly offensive, the guests clearly did not understand the implications of what they were wearing, again, reinforcing the idea of white privilege

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Photos from the African themed party.

After many angry comments and concerns regarding the photos from this party, the birthday girl defended herself and claimed that her love for Africa and their culture was the main reason behind this party’s theme, and that when her guests chose to attend in blackface, it was not her responsibility or intention. SHe then said “but how can people be annoyed that the majority of the people at the party were celebrating another countries culture.”

Well, for those who must not be well-educated on the concept of the Ku Klux Klan and blackface, perhaps the party was not a horribly controversial one, because not only do these costumes reinstate racism, but they refer to the degradation of a race through hateful means.

After releasing her statement, birthday girl deleted all social media accounts and could not be reached for any comments post-horror party. Perhaps she realized how offensive her guests actually were, and nothing she could say could take back the disrespect and awful implications of this mindlessly thought-out party.

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