About one-third of Americans say that wearing blackface for a Halloween costume is “sometimes” or “always” acceptable, according to new Pew Research data.
Among all respondents to the survey, released Monday, 19 percent said blackface was “sometimes” acceptable in a Halloween costume, and 15 percent said it was “always” acceptable, for a net 34 percent.
The survey was conducted from Jan. 22, Feb. 5, almost entirely before the blackface scandal that erupted in Virginia politics this month, when Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam faced calls from his own party to resign after a blackface photo in his medical yearbook surfaced. Northam also admitted to wearing blackface to dress up for a dance contest.
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