To be clear, I'm not accusing the entire goth community of being explicitly racist, but I do wonder how much lurks beneath the surface, especially because of one particular practice. A lot of goths use very stark white makeup or makeup that is lighter than their skin tone to achieve a lighter-skinned look. I've been known to do it in the past.
Regardless of its origins (it's been a while since I've read up on it, but if I'm remembering correctly, its influences include Gothic lit and the silent film era), I'm thinking of its effects on the goth scene today and how it contributes to racism and colorism. Although there are those who try to give more exposure to goths of color, having very light, white skin seems to still be a beauty ideal in the scene. I've stopped using foundation lighter than my actual skin because I'm concerned that this idealization of having the whitest skin possible is a reflection of white supremacy in that it privileges white/white-passing people.
What do y'all think?