POC as Costumes

Recently, famed tennis star Caroline Wozniacki appeared on a tennis court with the bra and shorts stuffed to make herself look curvy. It is said that she did it to impersonate another famed tennis star Serena Williams, particularly her natural curves. Many people were amused by this stint. Others, call it being racist. Word on the street is that it’s not the first time female tennis players mocked Williams’ figure by doing similar things.

Days before this WTF moment occurred, the Chi Omega Sorority in Penn State University took a picture of themselves as Mexican stereotypes. They appeared with large sombreros – some had mustaches painted – and wearing traditional Mexican garb. A couple of girls held cardboard signs that read “Will mow lawn or weed” and “I don’t cut grass, I smoke it.” The sorority is currently on probation for their picture.

Last but not least – for now – we have two girls from the University of Minnesota Duluth who starred in their own video depicting them in black face and making racist, derogatory comments about black people. They touched on almost every major, negative stereotype such as fried chicken, collard greens, gun violence and associating black people with apes. They did it all and more while smiling and laughing their asses off. Eventually, they got caught. The fate of these girls is unknown. However, this is not the first time racism reared it’s ugly head at UMD.

All these and other incidents show a symptoms of a syndrome where whites see people of color (POC) as something to dress up as. Usually, they dress up as their stereotypes and parade around in their fun seeing nothing wrong with their brand of dress-up racism. We’ve seen it every Halloween where mostly white people dress up as Native Americans and Rappers. This also reminds us of the parties hosted and attended exclusively by whites on Martin Luther King’s Holiday where young whites dress up as black stereotypes which include wearing blackface, Afros, throwing up gang signs and stuffed pants to simulate big butts.

It is offensive on numerous levels. It shows that many whites see POC as like living cartoon characters to impersonate in the most asinine way possible. Many of them do not realize or care that what they are doing is offensive to POC. They think that it is just harmless fun. They don’t see it as anything wrong to mock certain people based on two-dimensional images constantly reused and recycled mostly by the media through which many whites gather their “information” on nonwhites.

But this syndrome did not start at the turn of the century. Minstrel shows, where white actors performed in black face, were a form of entertainment from the mid 1800’s to the mid 1900’s. These shows were never meant to show support, educate or entertain with the purpose of making blacks feel good; they were shown because blacks back then, as it is today, are not seen as regular normal human beings worthy of the same dignity that whites believed they deserved. They saw black people not as people but as lifeforms more akin to dimwitted, violent primates that are to be hated and feared.

This syndrome is manifested in the world of animation and cartoons, particularly the shorts and movies of yesteryear. As with offensive stereotypes of black people were shown onstage, which also invaded the animation business, old Warner Bros., Disney, and MGM cartoon shorts. depicted First Nation people as violent savages who are easily outwitted and defeated by white or white-perceived (Bugs Bunny or Porky Pig) cartoon characters.

POC are hardly seen as people through the media because it has yet to come to terms that it is plagued with racism behind and in front of the scenes. They are seen as a group of millions of only a handful of archetypes that are constantly shown and often demonized. Most whites for generations, before the media became what it is today, could not see POC as human beings and often treated them as such. However, most whites today are ignorant of the fact that dressing up as POC opens old woulds. Many of them don’t see as a problem, and believe that insulted POC are being ‘too sensitive’. To them POC will always be something to dress up as on certain occasions, even if they know POC who are not like the stereotypical outfits that put on just for some shits and giggles.

Is this syndrome a secret way for whites to wish they were POC? It’s only spectulative. Yet, most would rather be the stereotype for a limited time than being a part of the group for which they are stereotyping for a lifetime.

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27 thoughts on “POC as Costumes

  1. I get so tired of this foolishness. There is just an abundance of idiots in America. It’s like you stated in previous posts, whitness is a hell of a drug.

  2. and in the Netherlands I think the Black Pete character someone in blackface is very insulting. I read some people at the parade for the festival wore t-shirts that said “Black Pete is racist” they were arrested. And the nigger cake this past summer at that museum exhibit. Black people are hated globally.

  3. That tennis player looks very happy being able to live out her fantasies about being a Blackwoman. Did you see the way the man in the stands was looking at her? Like he wanted to say “atta gurl”!

    Holy shit!

  4. Heavens above, how long will this go on goddamn it?! The A&F incident, and now this? Christ, I knew PoC have a history of distrust & even animosity amongst one another, but have we ever stooped to THIS level of ignoramity?

  5. Racist cartoons seem to be a staple of Americana that a majority of whites seem smugly proud of – dehumanizing non-whites is their most common means of control.

    As far as the stupid little tennis player goes, she basically WISHES and DREAMS of having the bodacious curves that Serena possesses! I’m reminded of another hateful, envious little cunt back in the mid-’90s who derided the Williams sisters as ‘Amazons’. Her name was Anna Kournikova, a tennis player of remedial talent who was best-known for wearing tight, short little outfits and flashing her Brazilian-style bikini bottoms on and off the court on a regular basis. She married Enrique Eglasias (son of the famed singer Hugo) and faded into relative obscurity.

    I know what it’s like to be the target of White Womens’ Envy (WWE) – I experience it on a regular basis! Catty, sidelong glances; sneers and green-eyed gazes as I’m sized-up from head to toe…I laugh at their overt insecurity! For supposedly ‘advanced and evolved’ people, they certainly are base! 😎

      1. …and yes, you’re right – they know they have to buy the curves that we are naturally blessed with! I always used to laugh at the Frederick’s of Hollywood catalogues I’d get – jeans and panties with butt-pads, much like chicks wearing falsies or stuffing their bra-tops!!! LMFAO

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