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Digital Blackface Justified: When The Road to Hell is Paved With White Privilege Claiming Good Intentions

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"Özrü kabahatinden beter" is a Turkish proverb meaning the apology is worse than the error.

I couldn't get that proverb out of my head after reading an article in the magazine "Good" about a German sports team's photograph in digital Blackface. The op-ed was a whitewashing justification for the incident, based on team assurances that this was done "in support" of their two African teammates.



Back in November of 2014, I wrote a blog post about the responsibilities of an ally against ableism for the blog The Autism Wars that included the images above. In that post, I noted that silver medalist Peter Norman joined gold medalist Tommie Smith and bronze medalist John Carlos and wore the Olympic Project For Human Rights (OPHR) badge thus stood in solidarity with them as they protested with raised fists on the podium. What is critically important about the way Norman supported the gold and bronze medalists is he demonstrated his support without approp…