Photos of a woman appearing in blackface as “Aunt Jemima” outside a Midland school surfaced online Monday afternoon.
Witnesses tell Local 2/Fox 24 it happened outside of the Midland Academy Charter School.
“She had the head wrap on and the apron, and she was in complete blackface,” says parent Tracie Greene.
Greene says the woman was standing outside picking up her child.
“You could tell the teachers that were there to help our children cross the street were in shock,” Greene says. “When her kid came out, she actually covered her face in her arm and ran away from her mom.”
Greene tells us that the woman in the photo appeared to be of Hispanic or “Latina” descent. Greene says the woman might not have realized how offensive her Halloween costume was.
“It could be a joke in a small circle of people that know you, but when you’re out in public like that and you depict that; it’s offensive to everyone.”
West Texas NAACP Coordinator Gene Collins says he feels every African American will find the costume distasteful.
“It doesn’t shock me but what does bother me is the attitude of a country that now feels that this is appropriate behavior,” Collins said.
He feels that this scenario would have been seen as inappropriate several years ago, and it’s a sign of race relations taking a step back.
“It just brings back old feelings and a feeling of regression in this country when it comes to race,” he said.
The Midland Academy Charter school is under Councilman John Love’s district area, he tells us, “It’s disappointing and discouraging that this is how some people still feel towards African Americans.”