Teen Wears Kodak Black Costume
A white Florida teen caught hell this week after she dressed as her favorite rapper for character day.
17-year-old Claire Kemp of Clearwater, Florida rocked bantu knots, gold teeth and camouflage to dress as Kodak Black.
Unfortunately for her however, several people called her costume “racist” because of the bantu knots, and she took to the Daily Dot to defend herself.
“People kept saying it was racist. I had never even heard of bantu knots until today—I thought I was just doing Kodak’s hairstyle,” Kempe told the Daily Dot.
In what could have been a teachable moment, Kempe went on to say she doesn’t understand the accusations of insensitivity. “Racism is still a big issue, but they don’t know it’s an issue that I care about. They don’t know me or who I hang out with or what I do,” said Kempe.
Kempe said she has been trying to ignore the negativity, because there have been positive responses as well, with others jumping in to defend her—including several black Twitter followers who pointed out at least she didn’t use blackface.
Kemp so far hasn’t removed the photo, but should she have to???
Do YOU think Claire’s costume is cultural appropriation???