Some folks are so desperate to justify blackface that they will point to something that isn’t blackface to excuse what is truly offensive. That is the case for the latest stunt being pulled on “The View” co-host Joy Behar.
In case you missed it, white folks — and, most recently, white Democrats — have been coming out of the woodwork with blackface. A photo surfaced of Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam from an Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook in 1984, which showed two unidentified men: one in blackface and the other in a Ku Klux Klan costume under a page labeled as Northam’s. Northam admitted on Friday that he was in the photo but did not say if he was the person in blackface or dressed as a member of the KKK, according to the New York Times.
“I am deeply sorry for the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo and for the hurt that decision caused then and now,” Northam said in a statement. “This behavior is not in keeping with who I am today and the values I have fought for throughout my career in the military, in medicine, and in public service. But I want to be clear, I understand how this decision shakes Virginians’ faith in that commitment.”
However, Northam changed his tune just a day later, saying on Saturday, “I believe now and then that I am not either of the people in this photo. This was not me in that picture. That was not Ralph Northam,” he said. “I intend to continue doing the business of Virginia. I could avoid an honest conversation about harmful actions from my past. I cannot in good conscience choose the path that would be easier for me in an effort to duck my responsibility to reconcile.” See the photo below:
In addition, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring admitted to dressing up in blackface in 1980.
Now we have Behar, who has shown a picture of herself decades ago and dressed up an “African” woman for Halloween several times on “The View.” She said she had makeup on that was “a little bit darker than my skin” and she wore her natural hair. See the clip below from 2016:
Well, some people — mainly white people, who don’t seem to know a thing about blackface — are shouting racism.
Black Twitter is not here for it. See below: