‘Tis the season to be racist, or at least dress up as if you have that mentality. And already, some folks are gearing up to show their fondness for ignorance and jackassery.
Story number one deals with some photos going around about a few individuals demonstrating how much they “care” about domestic violence. Pictures of white folks wearing Ray Rice’s football jerseys carrying around huge dolls smiling for the camera. There’s even a photo of a couple wearing not only Rice’s jerseys for also sporting blackface. The most disturbing, in my opinion, was that one of the participants in this fuckery was a little boy.
Story number two is a wee bit more disturbing as it revives the horrific images of the bygone era of rope lynching. In Clarksville, Tennessee, someone at Fort Campbell thought it was a keen idea to hang a family of life-sized black figures on a tree in their front lawn. One of the figures was that of a child with a knife in his back. However, after residents of the neighborhood expressed their concerns, the “decoration” was removed.
Most likely, there are other examples of Halloween racism that has gone under the radar. Sadly, it’s not surprising as this happens every year. It’s almost to be expected, which is the sad part. However, you can’t help but wonder what the hell they were thinking.
What made them decide that it was a good idea to dress up in a manner that pokes fun at a serious issue? The couple, as seen in the center of the picture above took it a step further by posing in blackface. I dunno what parent in his or her right mind would think that it was picture-worthy to have their son mock a domestic violence case. And I can not speak on the stupidity and callousness of whoever came up with the idea of lynching black dolls outside of their own home.
A good colleague of mine told me that a guy, a white man, was upset not at such images, but that there are people who saw them as offensive. I can only conclude that it’s not so much that they’re stupid as they are ignorant and full of shit, that they thought such backward holiday spirit is fun and funny and that people like me just need to shut up and lighten up. If that’s the case, they should be happy as hell if I dressed up as the World Trade Center on 9/11. It would be one hell of a costume to make, but hey, they should just love it.