Baracula: Political and Presidential Halloween Masks.

Via Sojourner Marable Grimmett
on Oct 25, 2010
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“Mommy is that Barack Obama?”

I usually get a kick out of seeing political and presidential Halloween masks. I laugh opening the door to trick-or-treaters wearing a Hillary Clinton, Bush, Sarah Palin, or Barack Obama mask, and gladly give them candy. However, the latest mask of our 44th President of the United States made me more than a little bit uncomfortable. It is a President Obama mask depicting him as a demon.

Flashbacks of blackfaced college students at fraternity Halloween parties filled my head, and Ku Klux Klan white sheeted costumes blurred my vision. Our three-year-old son hid behind me when I enhanced the demonized “Baracula” mask on the computer screen. “Mommy is that Barack Obama?” he shrieked, looking at the screen with his arms wrapped around me. My husband thinks I’m overreacting, but I believe this zombie mask depiction of our 44th President is distasteful and borderline racist.


About Sojourner Marable Grimmett

Sojourner Marable Grimmett has a BA in communications from Clark Atlanta University and an MA in media studies from Pennsylvania State University. She is a stay-at-work mom and her experience in higher education spans over 10 years working in student services and enrollment management. Sojourner previously worked at CNN, Georgia Public Television, and as an AmeriCorp member at Harvard University’s Martin Luther King Jr. after-school program. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, Roland and two young sons, Roland Jay and Joshua. Visit her blog and follow her on twitter.


6 Responses to “Baracula: Political and Presidential Halloween Masks.”

  1. azlan says:

    Take heart. The Nixon and Bush masks didn't have to be vamped to come off scary.

  2. D. TaxPayer says:

    Lighten up, I will give all of my candy to those that wear the cash sucking vampire mask. Those wearing the mask of the 44th president will be invited to a candy summit to discuss the my candy austarity program and the pending candy redistribution plan.

  3. Jennifer says:

    My 6 year old son said "That's mean. They shouldn't make Barack Obama look like that." Sounds right to me.

  4. Paul says:

    I'm with you… This president has been unjustifiably demonized to the point where it is just mind boggling. And to think of the administration that he replaced… It is to the country's credit that they elected him. Now if they would just step it up and support him instead of following the lead of the far right (which could not be more wrong)…

  5. Satyavira says:

    Obama campaigend AS AN ICON, and he must be treated as one.