Halloween is quickly upon us. Every year, the costumes change and the level of creativity goes through the roof, but for the past few years, there have been instances where some costumes are not creative, but hurtful. And with the rise of sharing everything on social media, the public is able to see it. Former NBC anchor, Megyn Kelly ,made remarks on blackface on her show, stating that she didn’t believe it was such a big deal because people she knew did it growing up. Once her words spread, the backlash was imminent. Read the article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/25/business/media/megyn-kelly-skips-today-blackface-nbc.html and answer the following questions.

  1. Read the article here by someone that attend Kelly’s high school: https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/megyn-kelly-went-our-high-school-no-blackface-wasn-t-ncna925101. Do you think Kelly should have been fired for her comments on blackface? Why or why not?
  2. Kelly claimed to not know the history of blackface before making the comment. Read the article here: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/history-of-blackface-unmasking-the-racism-reignited-by-megyn-kelly-controversy/. Did you know about the history of blackface before this controversy? After reading the article, does your attitude change towards the firing of Kelly? Why or why not?
  3. More recently, an Iowa teacher was fired for wearing blackface at a Halloween party. We are living in a day and age where what we do away from work can effect our careers. After reading the article, do you believe the teacher should have been fired? Explain. https://www.foxnews.com/us/iowa-teacher-accused-of-wearing-blackface-at-halloween-party-naacp-leader-says
  4. Lastly, a Kentucky dad is under fire for posting a photo of himself and his son dressed in Nazi regalia. After his story received some traction, he stated that it was simply for historical purposes and not to cause any harm. Read the article here: https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/413552-father-apologizes-for-dressing-son-as-adolf-hitler-for. What do you make of his apology? Do you think Americans are being too PC about costumes or do we have a right to feel this way? Explain.
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