October 21, 2014

Party City stereotypes Indians

It's that time of year again: Halloween, when faux Indian costumes fly across the Internet. Here's a typical example:

What's that word again when you single out one race for its qualities?

Oh, yeah...racism.

Amazing how people think nothing of mixing occupations and fantasy figures with an ethnic group.

But only one ethnic group. Can you imagine blackface costumes for "African Americans"? Or masks with big noses and beady eyes for "Jews"?

Obviously not. Yet Native costumes are not only conceivable, they're ubiquitous. Which is nothing short of mind-boggling.

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