Outrage as mother dresses up her 9-year-old son as a 'slave' for school Halloween party
Sabrina Flor's post brought back memories of the Atlantic slave trade that saw almost 4 million slaves being transported from Africa to Brazil and offended many social media users
A mother made the biggest mistake of her life when she decided to color her son's skin brown and dress him up as a slave for a school Halloween party. This seems to have opened up a whole can of worms about Brazil's terrible past. The mother, Sabrina Flor, has now issued an apology for her poor taste and bad judgement after she was slammed by users on social media. Flor made her Instagram account private just hours after her son went for his private school's costume party on October 29 in the city of Natal in northeastern Brazil.
The Daily Mail reported that the mother has been accused of being racist after she posted multiple pictures of her son wearing chains and his body painted brown from top to bottom. Flor thought it was all a big joke and put up the pictures on Instagram before she was met with backlash and made her account private. She wrote in the caption: "When your child takes on the character! Let's make this thing Brazilian."
Flor's strange choice of costume before the October 31 holiday had her 9-year-old son dressed with a collar around his neck while a plastic chain bound his neck to his hands and his feet. This was a referrence to the Atlantic slave trade that saw almost 4 million slaves being transported from Africa to Brazil. The South American country was the last one in the Western Hemisphere to put an end to slavery in 1888.
The child probably did not realize what kind of a reaction his Halloween costume would get. The only clothes he wore was a white head wrap and a towel that covered him from the waist to his knees. The outfit definitely brought back some memories of the country's racist history. Flor went the extra mile to be authentic by also using makeup to create giant welts on her son's chest and back area, in what was supposed to look like he was whipped by a slave master.
A message appeared on an Instagram account on October 30 that is reportedly a business account that is associated with the mother. She spoke about how sorry she was for the costume and also slammed anyone online who was bullying her for the choice of outfit.
She allegedly wrote: "I just wanted to apologize for the fact! It has never been my intention to offend anyone, I am extremely sorry for everything that has happened. I feel VERY wrong with the horrid curses and threats that they are sending me. Apologies to all, from the bottom of my heart! #Peace."
According to Brazilian media outlet G1, the authorities and the local child welfare agency wanted to ask the mother questions about her controversial costume idea. The school that Flor's son attends, Colegio CEI, denounced the mother's choices and made it clear that it will not stand for the promotion of slavery of any kind. It said in a statement: "Unfortunately, the choice of the costume for participation of the Halloween, made by the student's family, touched on a historical wound of our country."