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My WORST Halloween Experience EVER

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fishsweeper - 51-55 years old - female

Posted by fishsweeper
on April 10th, 2012 at 7:19 PM


My children were in  a private grade school... the only one in town was Catholic (YIKES!!!), and the school was hosting a Halloween party, in which all of the children and parents were supposed to come in costume.

Well, I made my oldest son the Holy Ghost (which was okay because he just looked like a ghost), my daughter a big, fat pumpkin, and my youngest son a robot.  (There was going to be a best-costume contest, and my daughter actually won!)

Anyway, I wanted my husband and me to dress up like Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben (Are we detecting a little political incorrectness here?), but he refused to go in costume, and took the kids to the party ahead of me.  I did the whole Aunt Jemima thing... after, all I had a picture on a box of pancake mix to get it right... So I dressed up and went to the party.

Have you ever had one of those "Uh-Oh" experiences, where you knew that you had screwed up REALLY badly?  Well, that was one of mine.  The party had been blasting music, people were laughing and talking, and when I walked into the room, there was DEAD SILENCE... You could've heard a pin drop.  Not to be one to run and hide, I just shouted, "Happy Halloween everybody!", and sought out my family's table... and the party continued, despite my presence.

I endured all sorts of dirty looks from the 'party people' for a couple of hours (especially from the one black couple that was there), and finally, the the Irish parish priest came over to me and told me that he just HAD to meet the woman who would come to a function like this dressed as Aunt Jemima.  I must admit that I felt a little better about the situation then, but man...Did I EVER get it from my husband and his relatives when I got home.

I still can't understand why it was such a big deal...some woman at the party dressed up like a fat, huge-boobed toothless Oakie, and that should have been offensive to big, fat, hige-boobed toothless people... BUT NO... just because I dared to be black, I was an outcast.  I think we've lost our sense of humour in this country... But hey...it's okay for Robert Downey Jr. to play a black guy in 'Tropic Thunder'.  Maybe I was just a couple of decades ahead of my time.

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  1. WhyCantYouSee - 13-15 years old - female

    Posted by WhyCantYouSee on April 10th, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    That makes me giggle with delight!

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  2. fishsweeper - 51-55 years old - female

    Reply by fishsweeper Apr 10th, 2012 at 10:02PM

    Thanks.. I've probably done worse things in my life...but this one is the most memorable!

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  3. EbonyLady - 41-45 years old - female

    Posted by EbonyLady on April 29th, 2012 at 5:24 AM

    "Happy Halloween Everybody".......... Silence............ My eyes are watering as I am laughing so hard here imagining the whole scenario. Okay, it probably wasn't one of your best decisions, but it makes an excellent story.

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  4. Posted by An EP User on May 3rd, 2012 at 7:58 AM

    People are way too sensitive these day. Did you see about Ashton Cusher today?

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  5. fishsweeper - 51-55 years old - female

    Reply by fishsweeper Jun 27th, 2012 at 7:42PM

    No... What has he done now?

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  6. Posted by An EP User on June 27th, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    I laughed at your Aunt Jemima Halloween story! People are over-sensitive about race. There's definitely a double standard in affect. Black comedians routinely mimic and mock whites in their acts (I find it funny), but white comedians are labeled racist for going down that road. The Wayans brothers wore white-face to portray a couple of white valley girls. If anyone tried to remake Al Jolsen's "The Singer", complete with a white actor in black-face singing "Mammy", there'd be an uproar. Political correctness and frivolous lawsuits have wrecked our society at every level. There are opportunists and lawyers lurking everywhere who are quick to squash free thought and personal expressions of freedom that buck prevailing PC attitudes. Personally, I would love to see a picture of you as Aunt Jemima. You should post it to your profile pics as an expression of your personal freedom - however tenuous that freedom may be.

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  7. fishsweeper - 51-55 years old - female

    Reply by fishsweeper Jun 27th, 2012 at 7:41PM

    You are SO right! Thanks for taking the time to read my post! - Fish

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  8. Posted by An EP User on July 19th, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    lol

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  9. Posted by An EP User on November 12th, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    The people who dismiss some people's reactions as "PC" don't choose to understand the past context where blacks were ridiculed by those IN CHARGE with no recourse, and that's probably why there will always be misunderstandings. On the other hand, I can't imagine anyone knowing YOU and really taking offense; you're such a kind person. I probably would've gasped and hid a giggle. ;)

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