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A third of Americans say blackface is ok for Halloween costumes

Posted at 2:07 AM, Feb 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-13 02:07:04-05

About a third of Americans say blackface is sometimes OK for a Halloween costume, according to a Pew Research Center poll that reveals divides on the issue among political lines.

Wearing blackface is always acceptable for Halloween, 15% of respondents say, while another 19% said it's sometimes acceptable.

The issue has sparked debate since it was discovered that Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's medical school yearbook featured a picture of a man in blackface next to a person in a KKK outfit. Northam also admitted to wearing blackface to a party. Separately, the state's attorney general, Mark Herring, also a Democrat, admitted to wearing blackface to a party in college.

Now, according to Pew, barely more than a slight majority -- 53% -- of all American adults think its unacceptable for a white person to use blackface in a costume.