Racism isn’t funny, but idiots keep trying.
The latest proof comes from Florida, where a convicted felon smeared black paint on his face in an attempt to resemble someone without a criminal record, Trayvon Martin.
As most of you know, Martin was killed in a fight with serial-speeder George Zimmerman, who was found not guilty in July. Many who disagree with that verdict would agree that going to a Halloween party in blackface to look like someone who was shot to death is a bad idea.
The photo of the insensitive partygoers has been making the rounds on social media, and some have provided “youth” as an excuse for dumb.
I have no problem with young people doing stupid things. I did a few dumb things myself, but people called me on it.
The Smoking Gun website is calling out these people and says the man dressed as Trayvon is not that young, but he is a felon.
“William Filene, 25, dressed up as Martin, covering his face in black paint and donning a gray sweatshirt with a single bullet hole surrounded by fake blood. Filene, who also lives in Cape Coral, was arrested in June for felony auto theft. His rap sheet also included collars for loitering/prowling and failing to register an automobile,” writes The Smoking Gun. “In a plea deal, Filene copped to the auto theft charge during an August hearing in Lee County Circuit Court. He was sentenced to 18 months probation, and now has his own page on the Florida Department of Corrections web site.”
The woman in the photo posted it to her Facebook page but pulled it after her friends pointed out the obvious. She is identified as Caitlin Cimeno of Martha’s Vineyard. Her costume, which appears to be that of a porky leprechaun, may enrage the Irish.
The Smoking Gun alleges she has used racial slurs in the past on Facebook:
“In August, Cimeno posted a photo of an African American girl wearing a T-shirt reading ‘Black Girls Rock.’ In her accompanying caption, Cimeno wrote, ‘First of all, sorry Hun but mommy lied to you & secondly if I was wearing a shirt that said something like the truth ‘white girls rock’ I would be stared at and called a racist cracker.’”
The other man in the photo is Greg Cimeno, who may be the brother of Caitlin. He’s also from Cape Coral and only 22, so you might think he should be given a pass. Unfortunately, he tried to defend the alleged hilariousness of the photo when Caitlin’s friends suggested she yank it.
“Not too funny[?] It’s [bleeping] hilarious!!!” he wrote on Facebook before Caitlin deactivated the page.
Sadly, it’s not just rednecks that think racism is funny. Over the weekend, the fashion world celebrated Halloween by dressing up as slaves in chains. Many wore blackface or makeup to make their skin appear darker. FashionBombDaily.com, which I check out frequently for new ideas in Hawaiian shirts, has photos from a ‘Disco Africa’ party that I think occurred in Italy.
And celebs think it is funny too. Actress Julianne Hough, 25, has apologized for wearing blackface to a Halloween party.
If you are an adult racist and feel the need to wear a costume to a party, just wear a sheet like your ancestors and claim you are a ghost.
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