The ad reads: "Special Pilgrims & Indians Theme Party!!" It's accompanied by a photo of a young woman, apparently non-Indian, in a Plains headdress, wearing a slinky dress, and smoking a cigarette. Apparently that combination makes her the epitome of cool.
An alert went out on this party Monday on Facebook and the response was immediate. Some reactions:
What a bunch of insensitive jerks. Who are the promoters? I think I need to make some phone calls tomorrow. Hey ya'll don't just spread the word, CALL, EMAIL and then SHOW UP! Mvto
Holy butt crack they must be crazy in Oklahoma to do this.
Woh! I'm speechless!
What are they going to do for the party's big finish: reenact the Mystic River Massacre of 1637? Good times!
This is very much like holding a Nazis and Jews party. Would that be acceptable if it were set in the time before Kristallnacht and Auschwitz? I don't think so.
To reiterate the obvious:
Any party that ignores these points is grossly insensitive and arguably racist.
The response so far
People have begun e-mailing and calling the organizers. So far they seem to be rude and unresponsive. My thoughts on that:
Alerting the organizers doesn't necessarily work. They get defensive about their "rights"--i.e., their "right" to be racist.
Trying contacting the bar owners and the sponsors (the five logos listed at the bottom). Also try contacting the local media and public officials, especially if there's a human rights commission.
Let everyone know you're calling them out on their racism. Often some or all of them can't take the public pressure and will fold.
To contact the offenders:
1310 NW 25 Oklahoma City, OK 73106
550 Monica Circle, Suite 201
Corona, CA 92880
Phone: 866-322-4466 Ext. 585
For similarly offensive parties, see:
"Drink like an Indian" at Station 280
UC Irvine's "Pilgrims and Indians Party"
Bedlam's "PocaHotAss" party
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