Social Justice Hand-Wringers ‘Outraged’ Over the White Man’s “Appropriation”

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Trigger Warning to the Super Sensitive isolationists out there: I call Native-Americans “Indians” in this piece because the left is trying to eliminate the word. By the way, some Indians want to be called Indians and not Native-Americans because they don’t like Americans.

Universities are moving away from free-thinking, open-minded, bastions of fun-loving kids to groupthink herds.

The Social Justice crowd has a new cause that evolves around inconsequential minutiae as they examine every trifling episode, every ceremony, every logo, looking for racism. It’s their inalienable right to be jerks.

The left doesn’t like the Boy Scouts in general. The organization is inherently evil because it commits the great sin of promoting traditional America.

If they can’t find white racism, the far-left mind has creatively explored other ways to be offended and put down whites by accusing them of “appropriating” another’s tradition and being almost racist because it might in some way stereotype.

The Boys Scouts of America’s (BSA) 2015 Order of the Arrow (OA) National Conference at Michigan State University earlier this month was met by protests.

July 16 1915, the first induction

The first induction into the Order of the Arrow, July 16, 1915

Campus Reform reported on the protest against the Boy Scouts honor society, Order of the Arrow, on the Michigan State University campus. The protest came about because the Boy Scouts “culturally appropriated” Native-American costumes and ceremonies to give out honors. They called the Boy Scouts racist.

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The annual Boy Scout gathering that recognizes over 15,000 scouts who come together “from around the world to share ideas, learn from one another and, most importantly, experience an outstanding conference that is unlike any other event in Scouting.”

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Early ceremony of the Order of the Arrow.

On August 5th, a doctoral student at Mississippi State University wrote a missive denigrating the 100-year old ceremony of the Boy Scouts’ Order of the Arrow honor society, of which he too once took part. He also led a protest against it.

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1932 Ceremony

There was “outrage” by a group of about 20 over the Boy Scouts ceremony. This would be inconsequential except this appropriation accusation is gaining steam and needs to be called out for what it is – petty nonsense.

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Members of The North American indigenous students organization protesting Columbus Day.

When I think of “outrage”, I think of Planned Parenthood possibly committing infanticide and illegally selling body parts. I’m outraged over ISIS chopping up priests and sending the body parts home or tying a viciously raped 11-year old to a jeep as they drive into battle. Maybe we should be “outraged” at those who would take away our freedom of speech over some perceived slight.

Two large teepees stood next to an inflatable Boy Scout gesturing the Scout’s honor sign of three fingers pointing to the sky, the writer moaned.

He decried the troop leader wearing a feather headdress as he was followed by a leader beating a native drum while they ceremoniously marched along a path lighted by torches to a  clearing. Leaders all wear masks, felts, headdresses, he said with no small measure of mockery. After chanting, they sleep on the floor alone but the next day they wear the headdress. They have been inducted.

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The writer, once inducted himself, showed his own taped ceremony to some Indians who mocked it. That’s what changed his thinking on the issue.

The ceremony is to present an honor and is in no way derogatory. It is in fact showing great respect to Indians and, for those who think ceremonies and ritual are nonsense, this one is a 100-year old tradition that honors Boy Scouts who are deserving, using a ceremony they derived from the natives of the country who they admire.

Never mind that many lodges work with Indian tribes to coordinate ceremonies.

The crime you see is appropriation and near-racism.

One of the scouts who was subjected to the abuse by the protesters said only one of the protesters had any Native-American ancestry, they wouldn’t answer questions about Native-Americans because they didn’t know anything. One had a sign saying the land was stolen and the scout asked him what tribe lived here that the land was stolen from. He didn’t know.

Another wore a scout uniform but was never in the scouts.

The scouts brought them water bottles but still they grew snarky and angry because the scouts tried to understand their positions.

The scout said they seem to think scouts are using Native cultures as a mascot and mocking them but the scouts see it as keeping alive a culture that is slowly fading away.

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One bright note – the protesters were mocked on Yik Yak all day.

They conflate honoring a tradition of which they feel a part as Americans with blackface.

This is similar to wearing sombreros and other Mexican gear to celebrate Cinco de Mayo on college campuses. While it was never done to demean Mexicans, but rather to join them in fun and affinity, the hand-wringers banned it because they falsely claim it’s almost racist. We now have to worry about being almost-racist.

Cinco de Mayo

To the Social Justice warrior, wearing sombreros to celebrate Cinco de Mayo is the same as celebrating African-American culture by eating watermelon as if the sombreros are meant to demean.

The entire article was false anyway, scouts aren’t chosen secretly by leaders, they’re elected by peers, the language isn’t nonsense, it is the Lenni Lenape. The induction experience was misrepresented, troop leaders don’t lead the ceremony, there are no ranks, and so on.

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Cub scouts given awards by older scouts in Indian costumes is also unacceptable. Fun and fantasy are out.

Whites can’t appropriate native traditions. Whites can’t do much. It’s exploitation, the writer asserts.

Of course when whites do anything, they are in trouble these days. This is similar to the nonsensical attacks on Native-American logos for sports teams.

The hypersensitive set look for the next offense, the next racist comment to exploit and if they can’t find one, they look for appropriation or almost racist acts. Some even call it racist though there is nothing racist about it – there is no derogatory intent. Some might think it silly at worst but racist is ridiculous.

The ceremony is a fantasy, not racism.

Last year, a student writing for the Freethinkers of Virginia Tech wrote of his disgrace at having been given such an Indian name during his induction.

He wrote:

“I cannot wear this name with pride, because it was stolen. Had I been given this name by a local Native American tribe, it would be one of the few events in my life of which I am very proud. Instead, this was given to me by a bunch of white, middle-aged men and the youth they led in the Boy Scouts of America. This racist tradition is part of the Order of the Arrow, the BSA’s “honor” society (quotes are mine, to mock the idea that the O.A. is honorable).”

If he thinks they were mocking Indians, he missed the point of his own ceremony. Of course it would have been better if a Native-American had given him the name. This wasn’t about being inducted into an Indian tribe or being awarded an honor by an actual tribe however.

White, middle-aged men in the Boy Scouts can’t give Indian names to scouts who have excelled and they can’t model Indian ceremonies to honor them.

Is there anyone more demeaned than a middle-aged white man these days? This young man just showed his contempt and bigotry towards “white middle-aged men.”

He continued by explaining that the ceremony plays into the idea that Indians have a mystical and magical connection to the Earth – a stereotype that misrepresents their religion as if that were the intent.

Native-Americans do cherish the Earth, that’s all the so-called stereotype is saying.

In 2013, HuffPo posted an article putting down the politically correct who are obsessed with inconsequential minutiae.

At the New Year’s Day Mummers parade by the Northwest Philadelphia’s Venetian New Year’s Association, members do things like dress in traditional East India costumes and refer to indi-sourcing and others wear Native American feather bonnets and do a war dance.

Mummers parade

It’s called satire. They are comic brigades, but that now has the super sensitive minions of misery screaming appropriation!

Comedians don’t even like to entertain on college campuses any longer because the youth have been taught not to laugh at anything that might offend, even if done in good humor.

Don’t laugh, it’s safer.

The Mummers also wear colonial costumes, men dress as nuns or as Turkish sultans, pirates, priests, etc.

The writer talked about his friend who wore a Turkish Sultan costume on Halloween and on the way home was beaten by a man who said he was insulting Islam.

Is this what we are coming to? Apparently.

HuffPo quoted Jonathan Swift, “Nothing is above satire.” Good comedy, especially on college campuses must take a back seat to sanitized political correctness to please the needlessly boring racism detecters.

All Indian costumes are now racist. Beating a drum is racist. Any ceremony that even resembles an Indian ceremony is appropriation, a new degree of offense that can be used when you can’t actually find any racism.

You can’t wear that Indian costume at Halloween and pretend you’re Pocahontas either.You can’t wear a Sombrero and you can’t dress like a Geisha. No phat rappers either. The whiny left doesn’t like it.

If you wear a sexy Indian costume, you’re a misogynist racist because the cranks on the left have negative minds.

It’s native appropriation. Even if you are not racist and are honoring the people who you are imitating, you are a worthless white person who doesn’t know your place as you steal another’s tradition.

Little children dressing as Indians and chanting like children are pleased to do is also offensive for the easily offended.

As a child, I proudly wore my Indian costume on Halloween, feathers and all. I looked great and it instilled in me real respect for Indians. I thought them better than me and wished I could be an Indian princess. That impression stayed with me for years and I still look up to Indians. Their beautiful clothing, the headdresses, the ritual, that all made me admire them, not make fun of them. Now I find I’m a racist and a thief.

One more fun tradition that honors natives shall now be buried at the tomb of the hand-wringing, perennially-offended left.

 

5 COMMENTS

  1. Cub scouts given awards by older scouts in Indian costumes is also unacceptable. Fun and —–“fantasy” —-are out.

    The fact that you see a person’s culture as fantasy is racist. Yes, white men are guilty of a lot. Owning up to it won’t make up for it but it would be a start, wouldn’t it? I’m proud of the work that I did as a Scout and an OA member but I realize that there needs to be changes. Let’s start with the retirement of any headdresses, fancy adornments, and face paint. We could probably keep and still make it significant to the Scouts or we could go back to OA origins and use masonic like robes.

    • The use of native American head dresses and such, honoring these ancient people, is fine. It is only in the minds of those who are determined to be offended, by creating perceived sleights out of thin air, that any native Americans are being offended. Just as the naming football teams after native American tribes is also fine; after all, these native warriors were very proud of their bravery in war and fighting. So, honoring tribes famous and proud of their warlike skills is bad?

      It is not our job, if you are offended, to alter our lives just because you are offended. The PC police and the other whining offenders have to grow thicker skins and get on with their lives.

    • To pretend that you are a member of another culture is indeed fantasy and, when treated with respect, is a complement to that culture. There is no “Appropriation”, this is a term that was cobbled up to pretend something that never was. Another case of double-speak. It’s as stupid as pretending that if you actually think and learn.about another culture that is different from yours, you are trying to steal their traditions and history and being aggressive and offensive.

      However, learning, understanding, and even adopting aspects of another culture is a true complement to that culture. To see this as an “Appropriation” is stupid and meant to isolate cultures from each other and deny the wonderful melting pot that our American culture was until the movie “Roots” told black people that they were bad for not cherishing (and fully living) their tribal heritage. All of the most backward African countries are tribal, and getting away from tribalism and creating a level of nationalism is the road out of war and poverty.

  2. Surprise Charles, native Americans aren’t ancient people, they are alive today. I encourage you to don your “war bonnet” and engage some actual native Americans. Tell them how the chants at baseball games and the caricatures on uniforms are honoring them.
    Here’s the quick test of if something is racist appropriation. If you’d be unwilling to do what you are doing if you were in a room where you are outnumbered by those from whom you are “borrowing” then you probably shouldn’t do it. Seems to violate the courteous, kind, and reverent tenants of the Scout Law. But hey, that’s only 1/4th of the Scout Law.

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