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Utah Jazz Tweet Pic Of Blackface Karl Malone (Photo)

by Vashti Hurt | Posted on Monday, October 28th, 2013

blackface maloneSomeone in the Utah Jazz’s social media department clearly wasn’t thinking when they retweeted a picture of a fan dressed up as Karl Malone in blackface.

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H/T: Deadspin

Of course an apology tweet wasn’t too far behind…

The staff at the Jazz should have never promoted a practice that many find so offensive.  Some may say that this was an innocent attempt to pay homage to the Jazz’s dynamic duo and people are too sensitive.   Just in case you’re not aware why blackface is so derogatory to African American’s, let me share with you how this form of theatrical make-up was used…

Via: Wikipedia

The practice gained popularity during the 19th century and contributed to the proliferation of stereotypes such as the “happy-go-lucky darky on the plantation” or the “dandified coon“.

Too sensitive?  I think not.

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  1. RDP says:

    The Jazz definitely shouldn’t have sent it out based on their company and it’s product, but c’mon, it’s two guys obviously making an innocent attempt to recreate two NBA legends. They were trying to be derogatory to a whole race. Didn’t D. Wade go as a white guy a few years? Are people not allowed to dress up as folks from other races in a non-racist way?

  2. RDP says:

    *weren’t…my bad.

  3. Jerry Jones says:

    Im a black man and Ive faced racism alot in my life but I didnt find the Karl Malone costume racist. There is a difference between being a blatant racist and someone trying to portray Karl Malone. I ok with it.

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