In today’s chapter of “WTF Is Wrong With The World And People And Are Humans Serious? Because Honestly WTF?”…Lebanese singer/songwriter Tanya Saleh has decided to throw her hat in the ring for Most Tone-deaf Support Message of 2020.
The artist posted a photo of her on her social media pages edited to include an afro, darker skintone, and what appears to be press-on nails. This comes in light of the recent protests that have been taking over the United States that are demanding racial equality and an end to police brutality and the murder of African-Americans.
Blackface, for those who don’t know, is about making blackness a costume. More specifically, it’s about blackness as white people understand it. I won’t get into the history of blackface or how it is extremely derogatory and a disdainful representation of black people as cartoonish, outlandish, and garish – you’ll have to educate yourselves on your own time, but suffice to say that it is a generally agreed upon form of blatant racism.
Saleh has proven that she (along with anyone helping her run her Instagram account) still lack the basic sensibilities that contribute to Arab racism and ignorance. It is the total lack of awareness about how a disenfranchised people and an entire continent are still struggling to write their own history and still fighting for the right to represent themselves.
The truth of the matter is, white people will continuously do blackface and say, “you know how I am, I’m the least racist person!” Okay, little Trumpsters, calm down. People in blackface tend to be less concerned with how their actions were actively harmful to black people and more preoccupied with the fact that their reputation was now sullied.