Jun 1, 2011
commented on I Have Been Maligned in Jen's Post About My Post
What's the deal with all the kids dressing up in faux-native gear?
Is a hipster in headdress racist? Are the non-hipsters overreacting? Judgement call on both. What is a fact is that cultural symbols, stereotypes, clothing, etc. get appropriated all the time, and we don't notice most of the time because the "Kiss me I'm Irish" carries very little baggage; most folks like to be kissed and at least pretend to have a little Irish in them. As a society we are past the "no dogs, no Irish" era.
Native Americans, in many instances, live lives that would be unrecognizable to your average headdress wearing raver. The headdress & warpaint are images that have been used for ages as ways to simplify what the reality of Native American life is like.
So if you are using imagery like this, full-native, half-native or non-native, why? Can you really say that when stuff like this is viewed by the public no one will see it and see the implication that, tonight only, we are going to let go of our inhibitions and be free of spirit and dance like, as they would say in a more coarse time, Savages?
Art and humor that deal in individual characteristics not your own are the risky precisely because it doesn't matter who created it, it matters who sees it.
Mar 14, 2011
commented on Is Nuclear Radiation from Japan in the Washington State Air?
Cliff Mass has a couple of interesting posts on his blog illustrating the potential track of particles that may be released into the atmosphere - it's good to be prepared, but it's also good to remember that any radioactive materials that become airborne aren't taking a beeline for downtown Seattle, either.
Regardless I'll be sure to purchase iodized salt and sprinkle it all over my bananas from here on out...
Mar 7, 2011
commented on Good To Know
Would you say the hate trolls off your back like water from a duck?
Mar 2, 2011
commented on "Question about Capitol Hill 'Gay Mafia'"
As much as I want this to be real it's the last phrase that won't allow me to think so.
I don't think someone on a real rant would say "the AIDS" - most folks who are all worked up and hatey don't use "the" as a humorous adjective.