Is it ever OK to wear black paint on your white face?

Is it <em>ever</em> OK to wear black paint on your white face?Let us contemplate the possibilities.

1. You’re out of sunblock and don’t want a burn; you happen to find a can of black paint next to your swim trunks in the back of your closet.

  • Not okay to wear blackface.

2. You are going to a “Vaudeville” theme party but you can’t find your ventriloquist’s dummy; your goth girlfriend offers to share her black makeup.

  • Still not okay to wear blackface.

3. You are a student at Princeton University planning a run for Student Government president. It is Halloween, and you think it’d be funny to be “Peter Pan’s Shadow” by painting your entire body black and running around terrorizing people. You don’t mean to be racist, and you have tons of black friends, anyway, and they all think it’s okay.

  • Definitely not okay to wear blackface, especially if there are cameras present.

PUSG presidential candidate (the Prince says he’s a shoo-in) Josh Weinstein ’09 found himself in Blackface Situation #3 freshman year, and judged it okay to post the shady pictures on his blog, complete with Malcolm X and Rosa Parks references. Though Weinstein removed the material more than a year ago, a “Concerned Undergraduate” (who set up an e-mail account solely for the purpose of anonymously tipping this story) sent it to us this week, which means “Concerned” saw and copied the material years ago and has been sitting on it ever since.

Smear campaign? Inigo Montoya-level vendetta? As for how this will affect Weinstein’s candidacy, let us not forget Princeton’s election last year of president Rob “Rodent-Roast” Biederman, pyromaniacal torturer of squirrels (who only had to beat Grant “Get-Off-Our-Campus” Gittlin, banned from student housing due to extreme disciplinary disturbance). Which is to say, Princeton has a high tolerance for faux pas.

View the pictures, blog entry, and Weinstein’s new statement on the matter, after the jump.

Is it <em>ever</em> OK to wear black paint on your white face?

anyway, we show up in forbes to commence our getting into costume mode, when i find out there was no blue paint to be found: green and black were our options. [redacted] quickly made due and became the hulk. we were tossing around ideas, obviously including teenage mutant ninja turtles, but in the end, most of us painted our faces all black 

Is it <em>ever</em> OK to wear black paint on your white face? 

myself, [redacted], [redacted], and [redacted] all donned the black face paint to become the black man group, as a tribute to the lost blue man group idea. individually, we were our own entities: i was a shadow/rick james, bitch, [redacted] was malcolm x, [redacted] was nat turner, and [redacted] was rosa parks. nice. 

 Is it <em>ever</em> OK to wear black paint on your white face?

 

Josh Weinstein’s statement (received on November 28, 2007): 

The photos in question are from my personal website, and depict me at a costume party, dressed as a person’s shadow.  It was very clear, from the beginning, what my costume was about:  imitating a person’s shadow.  As such, I followed around other party attendees, mimicking their actions.  The friends I met at that party were humored by my idea, and at no point was there controversy about what my facepaint, speedo cap, and clothing portrayed.

It is disconcerting that someone, seeking to undermine my decency, would anonymously search through my archives and photos, (deleted over a year ago to save space), withhold them for a year, then suddenly reveal them at this late hour in the election season, in a desperate attempt at political-and more importantly, personal-defamation.  They claim, incomprehensibly, that my costume that evening somehow suggests that I am a racist, or at least racially insensitive.  

From the start, it was clear that I have had nothing to hide about these pictures.  Were this really a case of conscious racial insensitivity, can anyone believe that I would post them on my personal website for all to see?  Anyone who asserts that my costume had a racial bent would have to employ a biased interpretation of it, perhaps itself informed by racial stereotypes.  The accusation of racial insensitivity is one that is being imposed from without; there is simply nothing to the accusation that my costume had something to do with racial complexion and less to do with a shadow.

It seems obvious that an accusation of racism against me is, to say the least, far-fetched.  The more specific accusation was that my costume was meant to depict Rick James, the famed David Chapelle character, with my friends as prominent civil rights activists in African-American history.  If my attempts at humor in any way suggested that this was the case, I offer my apology.  Freshprince is  my online diary, meant for my (and my friends’) use to look back on my college years. The news archive, after 2 years of almost daily posts became unwieldy.

The issue, as I said, isn’t about freshprince and my intentions, as someone, though solely with the intent of sabotaging my candidacy and much much much more importantly my personal credibility and friendships, viewed my pictures and post as visual and textual racial slurs. While the caption of one of the pictures reads “shadow and ladies” and the others are equally innocuous, the anonymous e-mailer would like everyone that reads Ivy Gate and every member of the Princeton community to think “Josh Weinstein is a racist.” If you feel this way, based on my actions as a freshman with no intention (as anyone who has ever met me could attest) of offending my friends and peers, I wholeheartedly apologize. Anyone who has ever met me can attest that I am not a racist by any means; they would just like me to stop using the Borat accent.

I would like to explicitly point out that I do not believe that my opponent in the election is in any way associated with this anonymous person.

  • P’09

    I really agree with “no longer disturbed at pton.” I saw Josh today, and I was skeptical at first, but after seeing him today, I came away thinking he is a very good guy. He seemed to really have learned from his mistakes, and this will make him an even more powerful representative for us if he’s elected next week. I wasn’t planning on voting for him before the meeting today, but now I think I will.

  • P’09

    I really agree with “no longer disturbed at pton.” I saw Josh today, and I was skeptical at first, but after seeing him today, I came away thinking he is a very good guy. He seemed to really have learned from his mistakes, and this will make him an even more powerful representative for us if he’s elected next week. I wasn’t planning on voting for him before the meeting today, but now I think I will.

  • Confused black person 09′

    The majority of comments on this page are alarming, especially the enlightened person who adamantly states that Al Jolson was not racist. I’m sorry, did you know him personally? Because most the “achievements” of his career would seem to suggest otherwise to any lucid human being. Or did he have black gardeners and househelp, or perhaps occasionally walk by black people on the sidewalk on his way to his minstrel shows? In that case he is definitely not racist.

    I’m always impressed by how quickly and readily people jump to someone’s defense when they do something racist. “I really don’t think Josh is a racist, I really don’t think Josh is a racist blah blah blah.” Why is this exactly? I propose a three pronged system for assessing whether his (and other people in similar cases) actions are defensible.

    First, Do you know him? Secondly, has he ever done or said anything racially insensitive to you? Thirdly, and most importantly, ARE YOU WHITE???? Because excuse my presumptuousness, but my white friends (and trust me I have many, probably more than you have black friends) HAVE NOT EXPERIENCED RACISM VERY OFTEN, AND VERY OFTEN IN MOST CASES MEANS NEVER. This is a point that is conveniently lost on many people on this page. Maybe, if you have never experienced racism, are not black, and are arguing that blackface for halloween is not offensive, then you are somewhat misguided and/or not in a position to add anything meaningful to a conversation about what is racist and what isn’t.

    I should make clear that I do not know Weinstein, but I am not white and have experienced racism. So I am not prepared to say he his racist, but you all definitely do not have cause to say that he is not. That said, the zeal with which is actions have been defended is typical of clueless people who don’t have a clue about American history, and the world we live in today.

    It would take a whole other posting to address how almost y everyone has evading discussing the “black man group” which included Josh Weinstein as shadow/Rick James, and two other idiots as Rosa Parks and Malcom X. Rosa Parks was a black woman actually, for any of you unfamiliar with that particular allusion.

    I’d be really interested in anyone who could explain to me how Weinstein’s idea to post that his costume depicted a shadow/Rick James is ok. But I am probably just being silly. It’s the slash-shadow part that makes it ok, right?

  • Beyond the Bubble

    He may be a “great guy” in person (as his many friends posting above have attested to), but if elected, he will be the face representing ALL Princeton students–and this university as an institution–to the outside world. Though people may be standing up for him here, these pictures and his actions will never go away. Is this really the image we want to represent us?

  • Confused black person 09′

    The majority of comments on this page are alarming, especially the enlightened person who adamantly states that Al Jolson was not racist. I’m sorry, did you know him personally? Because most the “achievements” of his career would seem to suggest otherwise to any lucid human being. Or did he have black gardeners and househelp, or perhaps occasionally walk by black people on the sidewalk on his way to his minstrel shows? In that case he is definitely not racist.

    I’m always impressed by how quickly and readily people jump to someone’s defense when they do something racist. “I really don’t think Josh is a racist, I really don’t think Josh is a racist blah blah blah.” Why is this exactly? I propose a three pronged system for assessing whether his (and other people in similar cases) actions are defensible.

    First, Do you know him? Secondly, has he ever done or said anything racially insensitive to you? Thirdly, and most importantly, ARE YOU WHITE???? Because excuse my presumptuousness, but my white friends (and trust me I have many, probably more than you have black friends) HAVE NOT EXPERIENCED RACISM VERY OFTEN, AND VERY OFTEN IN MOST CASES MEANS NEVER. This is a point that is conveniently lost on many people on this page. Maybe, if you have never experienced racism, are not black, and are arguing that blackface for halloween is not offensive, then you are somewhat misguided and/or not in a position to add anything meaningful to a conversation about what is racist and what isn’t.

    I should make clear that I do not know Weinstein, but I am not white and have experienced racism. So I am not prepared to say he his racist, but you all definitely do not have cause to say that he is not. That said, the zeal with which is actions have been defended is typical of clueless people who don’t have a clue about American history, and the world we live in today.

    It would take a whole other posting to address how almost y everyone has evading discussing the “black man group” which included Josh Weinstein as shadow/Rick James, and two other idiots as Rosa Parks and Malcom X. Rosa Parks was a black woman actually, for any of you unfamiliar with that particular allusion.

    I’d be really interested in anyone who could explain to me how Weinstein’s idea to post that his costume depicted a shadow/Rick James is ok. But I am probably just being silly. It’s the slash-shadow part that makes it ok, right?

  • Beyond the Bubble

    He may be a “great guy” in person (as his many friends posting above have attested to), but if elected, he will be the face representing ALL Princeton students–and this university as an institution–to the outside world. Though people may be standing up for him here, these pictures and his actions will never go away. Is this really the image we want to represent us?

  • responding to idiots

    p09: This is in response to po9 who claimed that a white person wearing a black face is the same thing as a black person wearing a white face, and that people would not be enraged if this occurred.
    Dear p09,
    I have to assume that based upon your argument that you have either (a) been living under a rock your entire life, (b) were drunk when you had the thought, and decided to type it or (c) never got past an elementary school education. My guess is C so I am going to talk to you like a child and explain to you why what you just said is so far beyond dumb that I had trouble believing someone actually wrote it. So, there was this thing called the Middle Passage where a bunch of WHITE people took a bunch of black people from Africa in chains, against their will, to a country called America. These BLACK people were then enslaved for about 200 years. Finally, these BLACK people were “set free,” however, these BLACK people, in the white peoples eyes, were still seen as lesser individuals. For forms on entertainment, these white people thought it would be funny to make fun of these black people in various forms i.e. plays, vaudevillian shows, and later movies. Black people at this time were not allowed to be hired for these events so in order for the white people to make fun of the black people, the white people had to wear BLACKFACE. This trend continued for over 50 years. So, as you can see, there is a history of white people wearing black face that is extremely racist, insulting, and in no logical sense O.K.
    Now, lets examine the history of black people wearing white face….wait, there isn’t any.
    Read a book, take a soc class, get your head out of your ass.
    Sincerely,
    someone with a brain
    ( :

  • Confused black person 09′

    The majority of comments on this page are alarming, especially the enlightened person who adamantly states that Al Jolson was not racist. I’m sorry, did you know him personally? Because most the “achievements” of his career would seem to suggest otherwise to any lucid human being. Or did he have black gardeners and househelp, or perhaps occasionally walk by black people on the sidewalk on his way to his minstrel shows? In that case he is definitely not racist.

    I’m always impressed by how quickly and readily people jump to someone’s defense when they do something racist. “I really don’t think Josh is a racist, I really don’t think Josh is a racist blah blah blah.” Why is this exactly? I propose a three pronged system for assessing whether his (and other people in similar cases) actions are defensible.

    First, Do you know him? Secondly, has he ever done or said anything racially insensitive to you? Thirdly, and most importantly, ARE YOU WHITE???? Because excuse my presumptuousness, but my white friends (and trust me I have many, probably more than you have black friends) HAVE NOT EXPERIENCED RACISM VERY OFTEN, AND VERY OFTEN IN MOST CASES MEANS NEVER. This is a point that is conveniently lost on many people on this page. Maybe, if you have never experienced racism, are not black, and are arguing that blackface for halloween is not offensive, then you are somewhat misguided and/or not in a position to add anything meaningful to a conversation about what is racist and what isn’t.

    I should make clear that I do not know Weinstein, but I am not white and have experienced racism. So I am not prepared to say he his racist, but you all definitely do not have cause to say that he is not. That said, the zeal with which is actions have been defended is typical of clueless people who don’t have a clue about American history, and the world we live in today.

    It would take a whole other posting to address how almost y everyone has evading discussing the “black man group” which included Josh Weinstein as shadow/Rick James, and two other idiots as Rosa Parks and Malcom X. Rosa Parks was a black woman actually, for any of you unfamiliar with that particular allusion.

    I’d be really interested in anyone who could explain to me how Weinstein’s idea to post that his costume depicted a shadow/Rick James is ok. But I am probably just being silly. It’s the slash-shadow part that makes it ok, right?

  • responding to idiots

    p09: This is in response to po9 who claimed that a white person wearing a black face is the same thing as a black person wearing a white face, and that people would not be enraged if this occurred.
    Dear p09,
    I have to assume that based upon your argument that you have either (a) been living under a rock your entire life, (b) were drunk when you had the thought, and decided to type it or (c) never got past an elementary school education. My guess is C so I am going to talk to you like a child and explain to you why what you just said is so far beyond dumb that I had trouble believing someone actually wrote it. So, there was this thing called the Middle Passage where a bunch of WHITE people took a bunch of black people from Africa in chains, against their will, to a country called America. These BLACK people were then enslaved for about 200 years. Finally, these BLACK people were “set free,” however, these BLACK people, in the white peoples eyes, were still seen as lesser individuals. For forms on entertainment, these white people thought it would be funny to make fun of these black people in various forms i.e. plays, vaudevillian shows, and later movies. Black people at this time were not allowed to be hired for these events so in order for the white people to make fun of the black people, the white people had to wear BLACKFACE. This trend continued for over 50 years. So, as you can see, there is a history of white people wearing black face that is extremely racist, insulting, and in no logical sense O.K.
    Now, lets examine the history of black people wearing white face….wait, there isn’t any.
    Read a book, take a soc class, get your head out of your ass.
    Sincerely,
    someone with a brain
    ( :

  • Confused black person 09′

    The majority of comments on this page are alarming, especially the enlightened person who adamantly states that Al Jolson was not racist. I’m sorry, did you know him personally? Because most the “achievements” of his career would seem to suggest otherwise to any lucid human being. Or did he have black gardeners and househelp, or perhaps occasionally walk by black people on the sidewalk on his way to his minstrel shows? In that case he is definitely not racist.

    I’m always impressed by how quickly and readily people jump to someone’s defense when they do something racist. “I really don’t think Josh is a racist, I really don’t think Josh is a racist blah blah blah.” Why is this exactly? I propose a three pronged system for assessing whether his (and other people in similar cases) actions are defensible.

    First, Do you know him? Secondly, has he ever done or said anything racially insensitive to you? Thirdly, and most importantly, ARE YOU WHITE???? Because excuse my presumptuousness, but my white friends (and trust me I have many, probably more than you have black friends) HAVE NOT EXPERIENCED RACISM VERY OFTEN, AND VERY OFTEN IN MOST CASES MEANS NEVER. This is a point that is conveniently lost on many people on this page. Maybe, if you have never experienced racism, are not black, and are arguing that blackface for halloween is not offensive, then you are somewhat misguided and/or not in a position to add anything meaningful to a conversation about what is racist and what isn’t.

    I should make clear that I do not know Weinstein, but I am not white and have experienced racism. So I am not prepared to say he his racist, but you all definitely do not have cause to say that he is not. That said, the zeal with which is actions have been defended is typical of clueless people who don’t have a clue about American history, and the world we live in today.

    It would take a whole other posting to address how almost y everyone has evading discussing the “black man group” which included Josh Weinstein as shadow/Rick James, and two other idiots as Rosa Parks and Malcom X. Rosa Parks was a black woman actually, for any of you unfamiliar with that particular allusion.

    I’d be really interested in anyone who could explain to me how Weinstein’s idea to post that his costume depicted a shadow/Rick James is ok. But I am probably just being silly. It’s the slash-shadow part that makes it ok, right?

  • PennTen

    You people at Princeton are ridiculous. Raise your hand if you’ve never done anything stupid. The guy said he was sorry. Can’t you all just move on?

  • PennTen

    You people at Princeton are ridiculous. Raise your hand if you’ve never done anything stupid. The guy said he was sorry. Can’t you all just move on?

  • Ptonstudent w/ objectivity

    Okay, what does it say about a world where we automatically feel people are out to get us?

    Let me start out with this. I am black. I saw these pics when they were first posted. I was not offended. Why? Because somehow I’ve escaped the persecution complex that seems to haunt members of every minority race that EVERYONE WHO DOES SOMETHING NO ANYTHING is out to get them. We see this time and time again. Black people have a history of being persecuted, yes. Is Josh Weinstein a perpetrator? No. He was a kid dressed as a shadow, that made an insensitive comment he didn’t think was a big deal. And honestly, if he didn’t mean anything by it, why do we have to inflame it? Why do we have to turn this into “J.W is a racist”? That wasn’t the intent of the message. And how many of you have never thought a racially insensitive thought? I have. Once, in high school, a white girl was trying out for the hip hop team, and I thought she wouldn’t be as good as the others. Racial Stereotyping. She proved me wrong of course, but that doesn’t mean i was reformed and have never thought something for a quick second before I could overcome the social conditioning and realize it was BS. The kid did something three years ago that some people took offense to because they chose to be offended. And I do mean chose. I think it is very clear that he did not mean to be a racist based on the post itself. He was having fun. I can envision a response. “What does that say about his character that he didn’t think that was offensive?” It says that his character probably grew up without tons of black people around, and so he never learned what would be taken the wrong way. He has probably learned since then. Josh Weinstein has a lot of friends– of all races. I’m not even sure he notices their races.

    I think the overarching issue here is why have we become so willing to take offense in today’s world. People of all races are up in arms about things that in the long run, really aren’t worth as much indignation as they are recieving. Why are we even thinking about this when we’ve got the Jena 6 to worry about, a chimpanzee for president, and people of all colors dying overseas. Do we really need the focus that an event like this causes so much?

    If yes, then it makes me really upset that people waste so much effort on something that to me, seems like another stupid frat idea, as they all are.

    • Anonymous

      Even though I’m three years late, I just want to say that I completely agree with you. Josh Weinstein shouldn’t be held responsible just because, as you put perfectly, “some people took offense . . . because they chose to be offended.” I have tremendous respect for him for maintaining his defense and refusing to apologize just to be politically correct. As far as I’m concerned, just the fact that this became such an exaggerated issue only convinces me that serious, legitimate racism the is a thing of the past.

  • Ptonstudent w/ objectivity

    Okay, what does it say about a world where we automatically feel people are out to get us?

    Let me start out with this. I am black. I saw these pics when they were first posted. I was not offended. Why? Because somehow I’ve escaped the persecution complex that seems to haunt members of every minority race that EVERYONE WHO DOES SOMETHING NO ANYTHING is out to get them. We see this time and time again. Black people have a history of being persecuted, yes. Is Josh Weinstein a perpetrator? No. He was a kid dressed as a shadow, that made an insensitive comment he didn’t think was a big deal. And honestly, if he didn’t mean anything by it, why do we have to inflame it? Why do we have to turn this into “J.W is a racist”? That wasn’t the intent of the message. And how many of you have never thought a racially insensitive thought? I have. Once, in high school, a white girl was trying out for the hip hop team, and I thought she wouldn’t be as good as the others. Racial Stereotyping. She proved me wrong of course, but that doesn’t mean i was reformed and have never thought something for a quick second before I could overcome the social conditioning and realize it was BS. The kid did something three years ago that some people took offense to because they chose to be offended. And I do mean chose. I think it is very clear that he did not mean to be a racist based on the post itself. He was having fun. I can envision a response. “What does that say about his character that he didn’t think that was offensive?” It says that his character probably grew up without tons of black people around, and so he never learned what would be taken the wrong way. He has probably learned since then. Josh Weinstein has a lot of friends– of all races. I’m not even sure he notices their races.

    I think the overarching issue here is why have we become so willing to take offense in today’s world. People of all races are up in arms about things that in the long run, really aren’t worth as much indignation as they are recieving. Why are we even thinking about this when we’ve got the Jena 6 to worry about, a chimpanzee for president, and people of all colors dying overseas. Do we really need the focus that an event like this causes so much?

    If yes, then it makes me really upset that people waste so much effort on something that to me, seems like another stupid frat idea, as they all are.

  • clamantis

    ivygate, or Jim Newell: quite frankly, this is just not funny in the least. It’s not illuminating, it’s not relevant, and of all the bad ivygate posts I’ve seen (and for every funny/interesting post, there are at least ten stupid ones), worst of all, it’s actually harmful.

  • clamantis

    ivygate, or Jim Newell: quite frankly, this is just not funny in the least. It’s not illuminating, it’s not relevant, and of all the bad ivygate posts I’ve seen (and for every funny/interesting post, there are at least ten stupid ones), worst of all, it’s actually harmful.

  • LOVEJOSH!

    LAY OFF JOSH! Every person at Princeton, every person who wrote a comment on this wall, have all done something that someone else will think is insensitive or offensive when that wasn’t the intention at all. I know Josh personally and as a person of colour I can guarantee that Josh is not a racist! This article is slander and it is absolutely ridiculous! Josh Weinstein is a good person with a great heart. He cares for the entire student body. He cares about every single student at Princeton. He is going to be an amazing USG President. He has the heart, dedication, and past results to prove that he’s going to definitely beat Langberg in this presidential race. Sorry Langberg but you’re going down in this race. And she should stop using the first female president in 5+ years. As a women i find it offensive that she would use her gender to try and win a race. We can see you are female. Who cares, are you sexist? Anyone who has a problem with Josh ever, go talk to him. He’s a sweet, honest, open guy. I’m sure he’ll be glad to help you out and answer any questions or concerns you have. VOTE JOSH!
    xox

  • LOVEJOSH!

    LAY OFF JOSH! Every person at Princeton, every person who wrote a comment on this wall, have all done something that someone else will think is insensitive or offensive when that wasn’t the intention at all. I know Josh personally and as a person of colour I can guarantee that Josh is not a racist! This article is slander and it is absolutely ridiculous! Josh Weinstein is a good person with a great heart. He cares for the entire student body. He cares about every single student at Princeton. He is going to be an amazing USG President. He has the heart, dedication, and past results to prove that he’s going to definitely beat Langberg in this presidential race. Sorry Langberg but you’re going down in this race. And she should stop using the first female president in 5+ years. As a women i find it offensive that she would use her gender to try and win a race. We can see you are female. Who cares, are you sexist? Anyone who has a problem with Josh ever, go talk to him. He’s a sweet, honest, open guy. I’m sure he’ll be glad to help you out and answer any questions or concerns you have. VOTE JOSH!
    xox

  • jameson

    Lovejosh: Slander is spoken. In print, it’s libel.

  • jameson

    Lovejosh: Slander is spoken. In print, it’s libel.

  • steve-o

    @jameson: Please don’t quote from the spiderman movies.

  • steve-o

    @jameson: Please don’t quote from the spiderman movies.

  • angry princetonian

    This kid’s a racist. It bothers me that he and has friends are using the comments box to distort what was clearly a very inappropriate and racist gesture. Dressing up with your friends as Rosa Parks and Rick James is never appropriate.

    • Rolriding

      how the fuck is it racist, if they are doing it in homage to rosa parks. people need to realize that white people are imitating these black idols in flattery, not mockery

  • angry princetonian

    This kid’s a racist. It bothers me that he and has friends are using the comments box to distort what was clearly a very inappropriate and racist gesture. Dressing up with your friends as Rosa Parks and Rick James is never appropriate.

  • Erm

    I’m a little suspect of his actions because of the blog post. If he had indeed just dressed as a shadow, a cool costume idea I must admit, then I see absolutely nothing wrong with that. Then he has to add his friends as Rosa Parks and Malcolm X? Give me a break.

    It was 3 years ago, but as enlightening as a Princeton education is (especially in terms of race…), this kind of insensitivity doesn’t go away easily.

  • Erm

    I’m a little suspect of his actions because of the blog post. If he had indeed just dressed as a shadow, a cool costume idea I must admit, then I see absolutely nothing wrong with that. Then he has to add his friends as Rosa Parks and Malcolm X? Give me a break.

    It was 3 years ago, but as enlightening as a Princeton education is (especially in terms of race…), this kind of insensitivity doesn’t go away easily.

  • this is ridiculous

    Josh is absolutely not racist, and whoever thinks so clearly doesn’t know him at all. Perhaps it was a stupid thing to do because it could be interpreted that way, but I think a lot of people are just trying to read into this too much. Also, Sarah Langberg would not stoop to this, if you know her either. The fact that Josh was so upset that he could barely answer questions is a testament to the fact that this truly surprised him and was not at all his intention.

    Furthermore, if someone of another race painted their face black to be a shadow for Halloween, how many people would have said that he or she was racist? Racism isn’t just a black and white thing…

  • this is ridiculous

    Josh is absolutely not racist, and whoever thinks so clearly doesn’t know him at all. Perhaps it was a stupid thing to do because it could be interpreted that way, but I think a lot of people are just trying to read into this too much. Also, Sarah Langberg would not stoop to this, if you know her either. The fact that Josh was so upset that he could barely answer questions is a testament to the fact that this truly surprised him and was not at all his intention.

    Furthermore, if someone of another race painted their face black to be a shadow for Halloween, how many people would have said that he or she was racist? Racism isn’t just a black and white thing…

  • not libel

    How can this post be construed as slanderous, libelous, or anything remotely resembling such? It simply repeats material that Weinstein POSTED HIMSELF on the internet. I’m also disgusted that Josh’s friends and people who “know him personally” have used this fact to somehow purport that he isn’t to blame at all for his actions. Racist or not, Weinstien’s actions call his judgment, consideration for minorities, and viability as a candidate into question.

  • not libel

    How can this post be construed as slanderous, libelous, or anything remotely resembling such? It simply repeats material that Weinstein POSTED HIMSELF on the internet. I’m also disgusted that Josh’s friends and people who “know him personally” have used this fact to somehow purport that he isn’t to blame at all for his actions. Racist or not, Weinstien’s actions call his judgment, consideration for minorities, and viability as a candidate into question.

  • P ’09

    I don’t even know Josh personally, but I do know that he has a reputation for being one of the greatest guys in the class of ’09. He wouldn’t be so universally well-liked and respected if this kind of behavior were a true reflection of his charecter.

  • P ’09

    I don’t even know Josh personally, but I do know that he has a reputation for being one of the greatest guys in the class of ’09. He wouldn’t be so universally well-liked and respected if this kind of behavior were a true reflection of his charecter.

  • the african

    I would buy what he’s trying to sell in the absence of the Rick James bit.

    I don’t pretend to fully understand the painful experiences of African-Americans in this country. Even though I didn’t attend grade school here, I’ve done my research and black face is certainly racially insensitive even without malicious intent. I’m surprised that so many Americans don’t seem to understand this. It’s a part of American history and it should certainly be taught in schools. I’m told that this isn’t the case. If it were, I’d be more likely to view this as malicious.

    A real possibility is that he sent them himself to generate buzz. Perhaps a member of the “black man group” or an ex of his did this. Who uses up precious memory for another person’s photos? I don’t even save most of my own pictures. Regardless, he did this to himself and in it’s entirety, I don’t buy his excuse.

  • the african

    I would buy what he’s trying to sell in the absence of the Rick James bit.

    I don’t pretend to fully understand the painful experiences of African-Americans in this country. Even though I didn’t attend grade school here, I’ve done my research and black face is certainly racially insensitive even without malicious intent. I’m surprised that so many Americans don’t seem to understand this. It’s a part of American history and it should certainly be taught in schools. I’m told that this isn’t the case. If it were, I’d be more likely to view this as malicious.

    A real possibility is that he sent them himself to generate buzz. Perhaps a member of the “black man group” or an ex of his did this. Who uses up precious memory for another person’s photos? I don’t even save most of my own pictures. Regardless, he did this to himself and in it’s entirety, I don’t buy his excuse.

  • Minstrel Max

    blackface is the new black

  • Minstrel Max

    blackface is the new black

  • mike

    Black face, yellow face and red face are ALWAYS racist when done by a white person.

    The ‘original intent’ of BF was to mock and demonize African-American people, thus when whites do it today it is still racist. I hope that one day BF is made into a hate crime.

    White people always seem to look at the ‘intent’ but Black people look at the ‘end result’ and that is, BF done today, conjures up ‘memories’ of the original intent.

    A few years ago, Prince Harry wore a Nazi uniform to a costume party and the Jewish community took offence, I am sure that Prince Harry did not “INTEND” to cause pain, but the Jewish community looked at the “end result” and were hurt.

    Only a white racist of the highest order would wear BF, and it is even more sad and ironic when a Jewish person wears it.

    Remember, BF is (((ALWAYS))) racist, there is no harmless way a white person can use it.

    What about the movie White Chicks?

    There is NO racist history behind WF, that film was all in good fun, it grossed 77 million and there were NO protests from white people, white face does NOT equal black face.

    • Anonymous

      LOL is all I have to say in response this comment.

  • mike

    Black face, yellow face and red face are ALWAYS racist when done by a white person.

    The ‘original intent’ of BF was to mock and demonize African-American people, thus when whites do it today it is still racist. I hope that one day BF is made into a hate crime.

    White people always seem to look at the ‘intent’ but Black people look at the ‘end result’ and that is, BF done today, conjures up ‘memories’ of the original intent.

    A few years ago, Prince Harry wore a Nazi uniform to a costume party and the Jewish community took offence, I am sure that Prince Harry did not “INTEND” to cause pain, but the Jewish community looked at the “end result” and were hurt.

    Only a white racist of the highest order would wear BF, and it is even more sad and ironic when a Jewish person wears it.

    Remember, BF is (((ALWAYS))) racist, there is no harmless way a white person can use it.

    What about the movie White Chicks?

    There is NO racist history behind WF, that film was all in good fun, it grossed 77 million and there were NO protests from white people, white face does NOT equal black face.

  • dmouth09

    Sorry mike, but you’re generalizing the situation. First, not all blackface has its origins in racism. Blackface has been used in European folk dances and performances to represent night and the coming of winter, or even to represent faces blackened from coal mines like in England. True, the blackface in question has nothing to do with these European traditions, but these traditions show that blackface is not always racist. Obviously, I don’t think the world is ready for everyone to just don blackface as they please, but I feel like a major part of moving past racism is to move past these associations that we make, such as that blackface is “always” racist. Holding people accountable for the actions of their forefathers does not solve the problem. Now, all that said, I am not a proponent of wearing blackface; I’m merely trying to illustrate a point.

  • dmouth09

    Sorry mike, but you’re generalizing the situation. First, not all blackface has its origins in racism. Blackface has been used in European folk dances and performances to represent night and the coming of winter, or even to represent faces blackened from coal mines like in England. True, the blackface in question has nothing to do with these European traditions, but these traditions show that blackface is not always racist. Obviously, I don’t think the world is ready for everyone to just don blackface as they please, but I feel like a major part of moving past racism is to move past these associations that we make, such as that blackface is “always” racist. Holding people accountable for the actions of their forefathers does not solve the problem. Now, all that said, I am not a proponent of wearing blackface; I’m merely trying to illustrate a point.

  • mike

    Okay dmouth, since you insist on being technical and using the hair splitting defense, BF (IN AMERICA) worn by whites is always racist, due to it’s racist history. BF used by whites in other parts of the world has different histories thus is not nearly as offensive nor meant to be, but we know why BF is done in America.

    Even in Japan, some of the youth there wear BF to pay ‘homage’ to Hip Hop culture, one of the names they call it is Ganguro, thus they do it to flatter, but that was never the case in the states.

    You said:

    “Holding people accountable for the actions of their forefathers does not solve the problem.”

    But when the descendants of ‘today’ do what the racist forefathers originally did, makes the descendant culpable.

    When you get some time, see ‘Birth of a Nation’, it can be found in most libraries video section, this film should leave no questions in your mind about the evil of black face.

    • Mikky

      it’s not the same….people now aren’t wearing black face to offend blacks…back in the day maybe they did…but that isn’t what is happening now…if he wanted to paint his face black for halloween as a costume…how is that the same as using a completely exaggerated black face to mock the race like it used to happen? not the same at all..get over it

  • mike

    Okay dmouth, since you insist on being technical and using the hair splitting defense, BF (IN AMERICA) worn by whites is always racist, due to it’s racist history. BF used by whites in other parts of the world has different histories thus is not nearly as offensive nor meant to be, but we know why BF is done in America.

    Even in Japan, some of the youth there wear BF to pay ‘homage’ to Hip Hop culture, one of the names they call it is Ganguro, thus they do it to flatter, but that was never the case in the states.

    You said:

    “Holding people accountable for the actions of their forefathers does not solve the problem.”

    But when the descendants of ‘today’ do what the racist forefathers originally did, makes the descendant culpable.

    When you get some time, see ‘Birth of a Nation’, it can be found in most libraries video section, this film should leave no questions in your mind about the evil of black face.

  • spokebefore

    Sounds like all of you who justify the dumb ass kids actions as just a joke are so insensitve to what the world is going through that you can’t smell shit from roses you want to look at the future and believe that there are no consequence for you dumb actions the idiot doesn’t know the defamation of character he has portrayed and thinks that his faggot friends wil get him off the hook by posting love stories about him well keep in mind dork politics will stay with you forever and you will never gain the minority vote in the real world sorry for your luck jack wad.

    • Joe

      you’re an idiot…people who see this as racist need a life…and I AM BLACK…this is not racist…he is a shadow…EVEN IF HE WERE TO BE LET’S SAY TIGER WOODS…AND PAINTED HIS FACE BLACK…WELL TIGER WOODS IS BLACK SO HOW THE FUCK IS THAT RACIST…HE IS DRESSING UP AS TIGER WOODS…IS TIGER WOODS WHITE? NO YOU DUMB ASS

  • spokebefore

    Sounds like all of you who justify the dumb ass kids actions as just a joke are so insensitve to what the world is going through that you can’t smell shit from roses you want to look at the future and believe that there are no consequence for you dumb actions the idiot doesn’t know the defamation of character he has portrayed and thinks that his faggot friends wil get him off the hook by posting love stories about him well keep in mind dork politics will stay with you forever and you will never gain the minority vote in the real world sorry for your luck jack wad.

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  • Anonymous

    Honestly, I don’t know why any white person should care at all. The general consensus here seems to be that white people are always assumed to be racist unless they can somehow prove that they’re not. I mean, why even bother? Eventually, it gets to the point where you have to give up trying to defend yourself and learn that you should never take anything that blacks say seriously, not even the affirmative action blacks at Princeton.