It’s that time of the year again, Black History Month. It seems like as soon as Christmas is over, stores start putting out their Black History Month decorations sooner and sooner every year. As we celebrate this special leap year edition of Black History month, we still find ourselves in the shortest month of the year, but this year I was greeted with a surprise. #29DaysofBlackCosplay popped up on my news feed, and it was the first I was hearing about this, although actually started in 2015 by, Chaka Cumberbatch. “When kids only see a white Superman, a white Batman, or a white Wonder Woman, kids start to internalize that, and they start to think maybe black people aren’t superheroes,” says Chaka.
Personally, I’m not a fan of any specific race being the center of attention, but I feel it’s definitely needed in a time where minorities who dress up as traditionally white or asian characters are told they’re not portraying the character correctly. Hopefully this movement will help spawn other movements to a point where everyone can just cosplay whoever the hell they want. In imaginary worlds where characters can fly, travel in time, and shoot fireballs, why let something as simple as sex or skin color keep someone from cosplaying them.
I’ve included some awesome cosplays I found on the web specifically representing black characters, a black person dressed as a white character, and even a white person dressed as a black character.
What do you think? Can anyone cosplay as anyone? Or is cross-race dressing offensive?
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