Kurtis Blow Responds To Mark Herring Blackface Confession: "What Were You Thinking?"
The Virginia attorney general has been in headlines this week after admitting to wearing blackface for a college party.
This week came news that Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring had wore blackface to dress up as rapper Kurtis Blow for a college party.
Now, the rapper himself has addressed the situation.
“It’s just shocking that we still have blackface representing what this country or this society is really all about,” Blow said to the New York Daily News.
“We all do stupid things when we’re young, and this was done so long ago with Mark Herring, but there are many different ways to pay tribute to someone if you really like their music or style,” he continued. “When you paint your face, that is the most egregious and disrespectful thing you can do considering what we’ve been through. It’s opening up some deep, historical scars.”
Blow also found Herring hypocritical, considering he called for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam‘s resignation. Northam admitted — and then denied — being in a yearbook picture of someone in blackface and someone in a Ku Klux Klan robe that surfaced last week.
“I would love to talk to him and pray for him,” Blow said. “I just would love to ask, ‘What were you thinking?’ How could he call for the resignation, knowing he had the same situation in his own past? He had the same skeleton in his own closet.”
Blow, who is now an ordained minister, also spoke on if Herring should continue in his office or resign.
“I don’t want to be the judge of that. I’m not a political person. I’m waiting to see the outcome. I’m also waiting for some picture or a video tape,” he said. “Like I said, we all do crazy stupid things, and later we pay for it. I read his letter, and he really was apologetic, so we’ll see. We’ll have to see what his voters and colleagues will request.”
Source: New York Daily News