I'm sick of the articles on Buzzfeed, Gawker, etc. about people in blackface for Halloween or people dressing up as Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman. It's not that I don't think we should have a conversation about how offensive, wrong and stupid this is, but it's just that...where's the actual conversation? All it is now is headlines and clicks for some very click-hungry websites. Listen, if you're friends with someone who is in blackface (or any other racially insensitive costume), I'd simply recommend you say very clearly to the person, "This is wrong. I don't know if you took time to consider the implications of this costume, but I do hope you think through how this could offend and upset people." You can decide to cut these people off as friends immediately (which I may be inclined to do) or you can wait for their response to your previous statement and base how you move forward on that. If the person committing this offensive act is not a friend of yours, I think the appropriate response is to let them know that their actions are going to make it harder for them to make new friends and relate to other people in the world (some people, like Neo-Nazis, are OK with this, but I think most people aren't).