Sacramento School Apologizes After Blackface Controversy

As the events of the past couple of weeks have shown, people who should definitely know better dressing up in blackface is the lunacy that just won’t die.

First there was Florida Secretary of State Michael Ertel, who was forced to resign after racist photos of him dressed as a black Hurricane Katrina victim surfaced. That was followed by a scandal involving Virginia Governor Ralph Northam who may or may not have dressed up as a black man or a Klu Klux Klan member in 1984, but who definitely wore blackface to impersonate Michael Jackson at a dance contest in the 80’s.

And now this, courtesy of CBS Sacramento: 

The community is outraged after pictures surfaced showing a woman teaching children in blackface, dressed up as a central African native.

“[It’s] very ignorant. Especially in the racial tension that we have across America, just not really understanding what that blackface means,” said local activist Berry Accius. “Why would anybody in this moment thinking that dressing up in a black face is right?”

It happened at Victory Christian Elementary last Thursday when the elementary chapel speaker dressed up as a central African native woman in order to tell the life story of missionary David Livingstone and his work in Africa in the late 1800s. It was supposed to be a bible lesson.

Victory Christian School’s Superintendent John Huffman has apologized for the display, confessing to “bad judgment” for allowing the teacher to don the offensive makeup and garb. (Gee, ya think?)

“I was wrong to allow the use of makeup no matter how innocent the intentions as it has offended some of my students and parents,” he said in a statement. “I should have anticipated that this could be offensive, and I apologized to my students and parents asking to be forgiven for hurting them.”