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Blackface costumes revive controversy at Halloween

This 1927 image originally released by Warner Bros., shows Al Jolson in blackface makeup in the movie “The Jazz Singer.” (AP Photo/Warner Bros.) by Leanne ItalieAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Is donning blackface to dress up as a favorite TV character ever OK for Halloween? How about a bloody hoodie and blackface for a costume riff on the slain teen Trayvon Martin, or full-on minstrel at a splashy Africa-themed party for the fashion elite in Milan?

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Too far? Blackface Trayvon costume stuns the Internet

Man (right) pointing his fingers like a gun, posted a picture of himself dressed as George Zimmerman, with his friend dressed in blackface wearing a hoodie with a bloody bullet hole in the center of the chest. (Facebook Photo) By AJ Willingham (CNN) HLNtv.com — A pair of Florida men and their female friend are experiencing a backlash over their controversial Halloween costumes after a picture of them went viral online over the weekend. The two men in the picture, whom we will not name here, appear to be at a Halloween gathering dressed as Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman — two central figures in one of the year’s most high-profile court cases. Martin, 17, was shot and killed by Zimmerman in Florida in February 2012. Zimmerman, a leader of his neighborhood watch, claimed self-defense and was acquitted of the teen’s murder in July.