Rapper Kurtis Blow is trending on Twitter after Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring admits to wearing blackface imitation of him to a college party.
Blow is best known for rap hits like These are the Breaks. Herring previously called on Gov. Ralph Northam to resign after a racist photo surfaced on his medical school yearbook page of one person wearing blackface and another dressed in Ku Klux Klan garb.
Herring is second in line if Northam and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax steps down. Fairfax is mired in a sexual assault scandal. He is accused of forcing himself on Vanessa Tyson in 2004 when they both attended the Democratic National Convention. Fairfax was quoted as saying “f*ck that b*tch” during a private conversation yesterday.
NBC News is now naming the woman who accuses Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault — a claim he categorically denies. Vanessa Tyson, an associate professor of politics at Scripps College, has provided permission to identify her, per source close to her legal team.
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) February 5, 2019
Lt. Gov. Fairfax’s chief of staff and policy director acknowledge to @NBCNews that the lt. gov. used the “F” word to refer to the situation, but dispute that he used the “B” word at all or used any heated language directed toward Vanessa Tyson.
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) February 6, 2019
Reaction on Twitter:
I think a lot of white people not that long ago sadly didn’t understand how wearing brown makeup as part of a costume of Kurtis Blow or whoever was offensive in a way that wearing green makeup as the Hulk would not be.
— Keith Ivey (@kcivey) February 6, 2019
Tried to front and say he was dressing like Kurtis Blow. Public scorn. Resignation. Bitch, these are the breaks.
— Bae O. Wolf (@TechsTwo) February 6, 2019
Man, said he put on blackface and an Afro wig so he can look like Kurtis Blow. I’m laughing with tears in my eyes. Not even joking
— FOST (@GeorgeFoster72) February 6, 2019
Man imagine this dude “dressed up like kurtis blow” 😂😭😂😭😂😭😂😭😂
— Stone Tone (@stonetone757) February 6, 2019
"but I love Michael Jackson/Kurtis Blow" isn't exculpatory. Blackface has always been seen as a practice allowing white people to embody their idea of an unattainable Blackness. Wearing blackface to emulate an entertainer essentializes their appeal as a function of their skin.
— Hot Boy Chad (@chadstanton) February 6, 2019