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Published: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 @ 6:39 PM
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — A restaurant worker whose blackface costume sparked a protest in St. Augustine, Fla., on Tuesday said she will not apologize for the racial insensitivity.
The woman said she painted her face black as part of an 'Aunt Jemima' costume she wore to the Bunnery Bakery & Cafe for Halloween.
Students at Flagler College took offense at the costume and organized a protest outside the restaurant.
This is the costume that sparked protest in St. Augustine. I'm told this is a worker at The Bunnery Bakery & Cafe on St. George Street pic.twitter.com/2RjLsagMgT— Brittney Donovan (@brittneydonovan) October 31, 2017
An owner of the cafe addressed the crowd outside the restaurant, saying the worker had washed the makeup off her face after a confrontation with Flagler students at the bakery.
She said the employee did not mean to offend anyone.
Owner of The Bunnery says her employee washed off her face after there was the confrontation between her and Flagler students.— Deanna Bettineschi (@DeannaANjax) October 31, 2017
But the woman who wore the costume sent Action News Jax a statement indicating she didn’t understand why the costume was offensive to some:
"It was a genuine costume, I thought it was a brilliant idea. Color is not something that exists in my life. I come from a very colorful family and I love all the same. I will not apologize for my costume, there was nothing wrong with my actions in the choice of my costume. I don't understand how this turned into a racial thing. Black face is not something I expected with trying to just dress up for my job on Halloween. Instead of protesting something that is not affecting people directly, why don't we worry about the real issues and not ones that don't matter."
The group of protesters outside the restaurant held signs and chanted, "Blackface is not OK."
Blackface, which originated in racist ministrel shows, is offensive to African-Americans because of the connotations of violence and degradation associated with it.
Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 4:21 PM
— Verne Troyer, famous for his role as Mini-Me in the "Austin Powers" comedies, died Saturday. He was 49.
Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 8:12 AM
Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 8:23 AM
ANTIOCH, Tenn. — At least four people are dead after a shooting at a Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee.
Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 1:11 AM
Police said Amier Windsor, 12, and Robert Windsor Jr., 11, went missing about 5 p.m. Friday.
According to a news release, the two brothers are known to frequent the Brookline area.
Anyone with information regarding their whereabouts is asked to call police at 412-323-7800.
MISSING KIDS ALERT— Pittsburgh Police (@PghPolice) April 21, 2018
Brothers Amier Windsor, 12, & Robert Windsor Jr., 11, went missing April 20 at 5 p.m.
Known to frequent Brookline area.
Anyone with info on their whereabouts, please call @PghPolice Missing Persons at 412-323-7800. pic.twitter.com/bN3BisiTQq
Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 8:25 AM
— This year's Lyrid meteor shower reached its peak this weekend, and photographers flocked to social media to share some stunning snapshots of the celestial display.