Poll: One-third of Americans say blackface for Halloween can be OK

By Erik Ortiz

About one-third of Americans believe wearing blackface for Halloween is always or sometimes acceptable, according to a Pew Research Center poll released Monday.

The survey was mostly conducted before a racist picture surfaced this month on Gov. Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook page from 1984 showing a man in blackface and a man in a Ku Klux Klan robe.

Northam, a Democratic, denied that he was one of the two men in the photograph, but admitted to using dark shoe polish that same year to dress up as the singer Michael Jackson for a dance contest.

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