A blackface controversy erupted after a young boy dressed as Nat Naitanui for book week at his school. His mother painted him black as part of his costume.
A blackface controversy erupted after a young boy dressed as Nat Naitanui for book week at his school. His mother painted him black as part of his costume. BEN MACMAHON

Aboriginal mum calls out 'hypocrisy' over blackface

AN Aboriginal mother has shared a photo of her daughter with her face painted white to highlight the 'hypocrisy' of the blackface controversy.

The photo comes in the wake of last week's blackface furore.

A Perth mum shared a photo of her son painted black in tribute to his hero, AFL player Nic Naitanui, for book week.

However the photo caused controversy because of the historical connotations of blackface, which was used to ridicule people of colour and perpetuate racial stereotypes for decades.

But according to a report from the Brisbane Times, Cairns mum Bec Bee said the youngster was not being racist, he was simply showing admiration for his hero.

"Unfortunately now this little boy has been shown by the dark skinned community that his admiration for a black man  is unacceptable and has learnt racism," she wrote.

"His childhood experience would have scarred him now."

Bec said she had painted her daughter white so she could dress up as her favourite Dr Seuss character three years ago and no one had batted an eyelid.

The post has been liked by more than 27,000 people.


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