It’s very simple

Kevin Hampton - Gazette Times - Corvallis Oregon

Kevin Hampton is a sports writer for the Corvallis Gazette Times. His latest blog post is titled, “Out with the blackout?“. In the post, Kevin states that “the people complaining know very well that there is no connection to racism.” Ummm, nope. I think they know very well that there is a connection to racism. (see blackface and something called “historical context“).

See Kevin’s post and my inner monologue after the cut…

There’s been some grumbling about the OSU student section’s blackout during a recent home football game. The students were supposed to wear black to the game to support the Beavers. Some of the students painted their bodies black and some added afro wigs. I can see where the wigs might be a sticking point with some people. Although I have no doubt that nothing racist was intended, it probably was a tad over the line. I don’t see the problem with wearing black paint while wearing black and no one else should, either. The people complaining know very well that there is no connection to racism. Wearing the home team colors whether it’s by paint or clothes is a common way to show support at a football game.

At Oregon State, the home team wears black. It’s as simple as that.

It has been a while since I did an inner monologue…let’s see if I can add a few comments to the code in Kevin’s post:

There’s been some grumbling about the OSU student section’s blackout during a recent home football game.

Grumbling – one of many words used by white folks to dismiss commentary by people of color.

The students were supposed to wear black to the game to support the Beavers.

A mostly white student body felt compelled by the front page photograph of blackface on the Daily Barometer.

Some of the students painted their bodies black and some added afro wigs. I can see where the wigs might be a sticking point with some people.

Yes, the wigs…the wigs are the only thing you could see as a sticking point. Please see reference to blackface and oh…historical context.

Although I have no doubt that nothing racist was intended, it probably was a tad over the line.

Well, I guess it was not racist since nothing racist was intended, who cares about the impact, and what “line” are you talking about?

I don’t see the problem with wearing black paint while wearing black and no one else should, either.

You betcha, a white dude sees no problem so it really should not be grumbled about by people of color either. PS: Please google blackface and read a little. Thanks.

The people complaining know very well that there is no connection to racism.

Sweet lord. “No connection”! White people painting their face black. Yes, Kevin, there’s a connection.

Wearing the home team colors whether it’s by paint or clothes is a common way to show support at a football game.

Yes, but painting your face purple, orange, blue, green, etc. is not the same as painting your face black (see white people painting face black, it’s called “blackface.”).

At Oregon State, the home team wears black. It’s as simple as that.

It is not simple and I think that it is too bad that a white writer for the GT deemed it necessary to dismiss the views of people of color.