American television journalist Megyn Kelly is criticized in social media for asking why Blackface is racist.
The former lawyer asked, "What's racist?" in a discussion of inappropriate Halloween costumes during a Tuesday morning episode of NBC's "Megyn Kelly Today."
"Back when I was a kid, that was okay as long as you disguised yourself as a character," she said, referring to white people painting their faces black for Halloween.
Blackface has a history that continues offensive and racist stereotypes of African Americans dating back more than 200 years in the United States.
"It is a tradition rooted in racism and very much about the fear of black people and laughter about black people," said Drs. Kehinde Andrews, associate professor of sociology at Birmingham City University, in June the BBC.
Many On Twitter, he took the opportunity to explain why Blackface is widely offensive.
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Many suggested that dressing for imitating African Americans in the 1950s was no longer acceptable and appropriate when Kelly was a child.
Others asked why a group of white commentators would ever have a discussion on blackface without the perspectives of African-American commentators.
"I just do not think the white people tell us if we can be offended by Blackface or not, especially since Blackface has never been used against them to systematically dehumanize and suppress them, "wrote user Bella Goth.
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Others, however, suggested that the practice was inappropriate.
"I've seen comments that made NBC not have a black person on the record, but frankly, minstrels and blackface were a popular form of mass racial mass entertainment in America by the early 20th century. who comment on their livelihoods should know that, "wrote journalist Jamelle Bouie.
Some urged NBC to cancel the Megyn Kelly Show, writing "that's not just sound deaf, she's completely racist, I was not brought up thinking Blackface was fine, and I'm 46, from the small town of Pennsylvania, "wrote @Seanbaby. Others recalled that Kelly made headlines in 2013 claiming it was a "historical fact" that Jesus Christ, a man born in the Middle East, was white, adding that Santa is also.
Kelly did not comment on the controversy.
By Georgina Rannard, BBC UGC & Social News