What That Trayvon Martin Costume Says About Your Idea of a ‘Post-Racial’ America

“Shame on us for forgetting that it’s fun and edgy for someone else to wear our face, but damning for us to wear our face.”

Did you see the pictures of white people wearing blackface in Trayvon Martin costumes? In our society, a Black child can be profiled as a criminal just for walking down the street, shot to death, and his killer will be exonerated – and then people mock him with racist costumes. And yet, some still say that we’re living in a “post-racial” world.

Raven McGill’s spoken word piece is a chilling account of what they’re missing – and the message is as important as ever this Halloween.

With Love,
The Editors at Everyday Feminism

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Raven McGill is a poet and visual artist. You can follow her on Twitter @Surelysugarbear

Video courtesy of Button Poetry. For more amazing spoken word performances, check them out on YouTube and Facebook.