People from the U.S. and around the world have been protesting on the streets and calling for an end to racism. The Black Lives Matter movement has grown to a global level, but some Instagram influencers seem to have severely misunderstood what blackface means, and they have painted their faces black in an attempt to show solidarity with the movement.
Influencers from Eastern Europe and the Middle East have been posting photos and videos of themselves with black and brown makeup, accompanied by captions that claim to show solidarity with black people.
According to Instagramer Saint Hoax, many “Instagram influencers” have been sharing photos and videos of themselves wearing blackface in an attempt to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, but it seems that they’re severely uneducated when it comes to the subject.
‘It’s infuriating that we still need to educate people about the racist and painful history of blackface. We shouldn’t be having this conversation in 2020.’ – Hoax added.
Blackface was used in minstrel shows in the 1800s in which white performers would wear blackface and would portray negative stereotypes of black men, which further dehumanized black people for white audiences.