It’s 2018, and racism is alive and well during this year’s election cycle. Even though it should be widely understood blackface is something no one should ever, ever, ever do, a photo of South Carolinan Kershaw County Council candidate and lawyer Brant Tomlinson in blackface is making the rounds.
The prolifically shared photo of the aspiring politician was taken his junior year of college, at a 2008 Halloween party, the holiday people most often use as an excuse try on cultures as costumes, making caricatures of people of color they have no business portraying. Tomlinson and three others went with the Jamaican bobsled team from Cool Runnings. The horrifying history of blackface in this country is well known, but Tomlinson claims he had no ill intentions and opted not to delete the post during an earlier self-evaluation.
“I think that’s one thing wrong with politicians: They try to hide everything they do,” Tomlinson told The State. “I never in a million years really thought that would get a negative connotation on it.”
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