Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Politically Correct: Do Indians Dress Up as Themselves for Halloween?

Some may find this offensive, I find it hilarious.
As if it wasn't bad enough that we can no longer say whatever we want about whatever we want, those who want to limit freedom of speech through the crusade of Political Correctness have turned their sights to Halloween costumes.

I read an article a few weeks ago about how some Native Americans don't think it's right for people to dress up as the Indians of old, i.e. the Native Americans who lived in North America before the 20th Century.  Their reasoning?  They say that it demeans their culture and makes a mockery of it.  That idea is both laughable and retarded.

First off, it is fact that items like a feathered head-dress and moccasins were, in fact, worn by Native Americans.  True, they didn't roll in the ceremonial garb every damn day, but yes, they wore that stuff.  "But Jack, those weren't costume items to them.  It meant something!"  True, but wrapping a corpse up in bandages meant something to Ancient Egyptian culture, but we don't complain about people dressing up as mummies on Halloween.

Are we saying that it's okay to dress in costume of another culture so long as those cultural elements have been out of practice for a couple thousand years?  Is it okay to "mock or demean" a culture so long as there is no one left alive who practices said culture?

Well, the next time I see someone dress up as a pilgrim, I'll remember to tell them how insensitive they're being to my cultural past.  Or if I see someone in a Roman centurion outfit, I'll say "hey, man!  The Romans were super-serial about how their soldiers dressed!  You shouldn't make fun of them like that!"

Gimme a break.

I suppose that I find the double-standard more frustrating than anything.  This is how free speech and political correctness work in America: it's okay for people of color to mock white people, but it is a hate crime for white people to make fun of people of color.

If you think that people of color do not hold demeaning stereotypes of white people in their hearts, then please do yourself a favor, and remove your head from your rectum.  When a black comedian cracks a joke about white stereotypes, the crowd laughs.  But what if a white guy cracks a joke about, say, Mexican stereotypes?  It's an outrage!  He's insensitive!  He's perpetuating racial stereotypes!  He's offensive!  HE'S A RACIST!

Sure, white people spent the better part of human history being complete assholes to other human beings on the basis of skin color.  But that doesn't mean that every white person alive today should be shat on just because their ancestors shit on everyone else.  If people are truly interested in a more politically correct society--if they truly want American expression to be less offensive--then words like "cracka," and "honkey," need to be bleeped out on TV, just like the N-word and other racial slurs.  Otherwise, PC is just being used as an excuse to permit people of color to engage in the same unjust behavior as a retributive privilege for years of white oppression.

But I have a better solution:  how about we stop trying to hinder free expression?  I'm not asking black people to stop feeling hurt and offended when someone legit calls them the N-word.  What I am asking is that we stop pretending that certain things are offensive just because a couple hundred asshats can't get over the fact that the dress of their ancestors is out of place enough to be costume-worthy in modern society.

Go ahead and get upset that Julianne Hough wore blackface because she wanted to go as a black TV character for Halloween--but don't ask for an apology.  She shouldn't have to apologize just because she offended the sensitive feelings of someone she's never even met.  Perhaps you need to examine your own thoughts and feelings, and figure out why you would even allow yourself to be upset over something that has zero bearing on your life.

But I guess personal responsibility, self-examination, and asking people to recognize that their feelings are not, in fact, the center of the universe is just asking too much.

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