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During Halloween season, it’s not uncommon for students to show up to school dressed up in costumes on “special dress up” days at school.

However, with racial tensions high, a simple costume can quickly receive backlash, just ask Claire Kemp.

According to Hip Hop DX, Kemp who is white female high school student from Clearwater, Florida decided that it’d be cool to show up for “Character Day” dressed as Florida rapper Kodak Black and now she’s facing some backlash, specifically for her Bantu knots hairstyle.

Since receiving backlash, Kemp has made a statement standing by her decision to wear the costume:

“People kept saying it was racist. I had never even heard of Bantu knots until today—I thought I was just doing Kodak’s hairstyle,” she says in an interview with Daily Dot. “Racism is still a big issue, but they don’t know it’s an issue that I care about. They don’t know me or who I hang out with or what I do.”

Although, Kemp is receiving a lot of backlash, there are some people who share Kemp’s frustrations and are showing support.


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