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A white mayoral candidate in Oklahoma who performed in drag and blackface as a character named “Pollyester Kotton” is now apologizing for what he categorized as “satire.”

Bill Helton, a hair dresser currently serving as Elk City’s commissioner, told KFOR that he meant no harm when he created Kotton (yep, with a K); a character inspired by one of his African-American clients.

Yep. That happened.

Helton has performed as Kotton since 2005 at various fundraisers and community events across Oklahoma. In his most recent appearance, Helton told the news station he raised over $20,000 for three families in need — an indicator that the horrifying history of blackface isn’t bothering Helton’s supporters.

“Anyone that’s offended, I would sit down and talk to them. Because my heart is, I would never do that and want to help whoever I can help,” Helton said.“If they were offended, then I apologize because that was never my intent, never my heart, to set out to offend someone,” Helton said

“I don’t find it offensive at all. He’s out to do some good,” Marisa Garcia said.

But according to KFOR, not all are here for Helton’s “satire.”

Anthony R. Douglas, President of the Oklahoma State Conference NAACP, says the use of black face crosses the line. “Yes, this is a character. Men playing women or a woman playing a man is not new and can be very funny. But in black face? Have we learned nothing at all? This ‘character’ could have been just as effective done without the black face makeup and would be far less offensive,” Douglas said.

Well said.

It’s disturbing enough to think there are those who don’t quite understand the hurtful history of minstrel shows. But the scariest of all is to think that Helton, who stands by his “Kotton” character and is still running for public office, doesn’t see the harm in it.

American politics, keeping it classy.

SOURCE: KFOR | VIDEO SOURCE: YouTube

 

This White Mayoral Candidate Who Performed In Blackface Is Apologizing For It Now was originally published on newsone.com

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15 thoughts on “This White Mayoral Candidate Who Performed In Blackface Is Apologizing For It Now

  1. carmen on said:

    Oklahoma use to be owned by Native American Indians and lived on Indian Reservations. Several other States were also owned and occupied by Native American Indians and they lived on actual Indian Reservations to name a few: Arizona, Alaska/Eskimo’s, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Montana. What happened to them where did they go?

  2. carmen on said:

    He’s the ugliest drag queen I’ve ever seen. Truth is he like to dress in drag but uses a black face to cover up being a drag queen in reality. If’s he gay and like dressing in drag why don’t he just come out of the closet and continue to dress in drag with the real color of his skin and stop hiding behind the makeup. He look a hot mess, I’m sure other drag queens are insulted by his tacky look calling it dressing in drag.

  3. carmen on said:

    Oklahoma use to be owned by Native American Indians and lived there for decades and for generations, there were many Indian Reservations in Oklahoma, out of nowhere it suddenly became a southern confederate state. When did the Native American Indians give up Oklahoma to the confederates, did they sell out to the confederates like many other states?

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  13. I am so tired of whites “apologizing” when they are caught with their racist antics. Whites know doing racist things are wrong; then Stop doing them! The white race eat, drink, sleep, black people 24/7. That’s a sign of jealousy and insecurity.

  14. Raleigh Delesbore on said:

    If you ever been to elk city, ok then you would know how ignorant and stupid those crackers are. I was stationed at Clinton-Sherman AFB from 2/66 o 2/68. what a crazy place.

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