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Shriners Play Indian in ND Parade; Should Stick to Clowning

Autumn Fest: Bismarck, North Dakota (ND); Sept. 20, 2014.

As part of an annual parade we are told is organized by a man named Scott Johnson in the capitol city of the State of North Dakota, a float full of White guys all in Red Face, donning fake headdresses -in the present day- actually made it all the way through with out being booed, pelted with eggs or confronted to have their mock head-dresses removed. Seriously. This is 2014 and in this part of the USA, Native Americans and forward thinking, socially conscious people are subjected yearly to this annual Parade. The parade float was sponsored by the Bismarck Masons and the Bismarck-Mandan Shriners. The Shriners are known throughout the country as people who usually dress up as clowns and do good will wherever they are, but in North Dakota I guess they also think they can dress up as Indians, Orientals, and Arabs. They seem to have fit in perfectly with the annual racially charged themes in which White appropriation of non-White cultures and/or Peoples is encouraged and celebrated. The Mandan Indian Shriners (who apparently were on the float) have units in their organization with names such as the Arab Patrol, Oriental Band, and maybe other 1950s White privilege influenced unit names and practices of their El Zagal Shriner organization, founded in 1942 by A.B. Welch. From the links below it is clear that White people have been playing Indian in North Dakota since the early 1900s.

READ MORE HERE: http://lastrealindians.com/racist-display-by-north-dakota-shriners-and-masons/

So, I was in the middle of searching for how long Keke Palmer will be on Broadway as Cinderella. Gotta get my ticket. I scrolled down and saw this first comment: 

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The reach with this one disneyfied ass tale. They, however, have no problem whitewashing different races and ethnicities and see our disdain as sensitive and “reverse racist.” Case in point: Exodus - God and Kings, the new British-American biblical movie set in Egypt, that has caused uproar and boycotts: 

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Apparently these are acceptable…

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Lemme not go over the post limit. This is just a handful that scratch the surface. 

The Eagle Bull- Oxendine family is being sued by their child’s school for defamation, because they asked the school to permanently change their offensive and culturally insensitive Thanksgiving curriculum and to honor a two-year scholarship taken from their daughter after they voiced their concern over Native appropriation there.

They’re raising funds to defray mounting legal expenses. Please share this link and donate what you can. If they lose, we all lose. This case has the potential to set dangerous precedent where Natives are effectively gagged from speaking out against appropriation and the abuse of our culture and sacred ways by mainstream society. This is legal conquest. We can’t allow them to play Indian and hide behind judicial robes to do it. Thank you.
Contribute here: http://www.gofundme.com/8f3z30

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Assorted work by Chad Wys (web/tumblr/fb)

  • Opus 2 (Arrangement In Skintones), digital chromogenic print, 2012
  • Castrophia, paint on laser print, 2012
  • The Girl With Stars In Her Eyes, paint on found ceramic bust, 2014
  • Garage Sale Painting Of Peasants With Color Bars, paint on found painting and frame, 2011
  • Portrait Of A Woman With Deletions, paint on found print, 2010
  • Nocturne 109, digital chromogenic print, 2011
  • Thrift Store Landscape With A Color Test, paint on found canvas and frame, 2009
  • A Grecian Bust With Color Tests, paint on found stone sculpture, 2013
  • Brutalized Gainsborough 2, paint on laser print, 2009
  • Hymn 32, digital chromogenic print, 2013
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Taylor Swift’s song is catchy but did she have to accessorize with black women’s bodies?

It’s hard to criticize Taylor Swift’s new single, “Shake It Off,” because it’s all about how dumb her haters are. Then again, when you intentionally culturally appropriate and then make a mockery of people who don’t want you to culturally appropriate, you sort of deserve to be criticized.

Released yesterday, the video is clearly meant for a younger audience — as you can tell from the tutus — but that only makes it more offensive when Swift dons gold hoop earrings and chains, high-top kicks and cut-off shorts and begins twerking. That’s also the moment when the whole video devolves into racist stereotyping and cultural appropriation. Swift is seen crawling underneath a black woman’s legs, looking up into her nether regions as she twerks to the beat of Swift’s song. She seems to think there’s something funny about all the talk about cultural appropriation in music.

Why her video is so problematic Follow micdotcom 

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HELP A NATIVE AMERICAN FAMILY THAT IS BEING SUED BY THEIR CHILD’S SCHOOL FOR QUESTIONING CULTURALLY OFFENSIVE THANKSGIVING CURRICULUM

The Eagle Bull- Oxendine family is being sued by their child’s school for defamation, because they asked the school to permanently change their offensive and culturally insensitive Thanksgiving curriculum and to honor a two-year scholarship taken from their daughter after they voiced their concern over Native appropriation there. The school was having children make feathered headbands and literally play Indian. When the Native parents expressed disapproval over it, rather than address this racially sensitive issue, the school told them to keep their children home from class.

This case is moving forward and they need to raise funds to defray mounting legal expenses. Please share this link and donate what you can. If they lose, we all lose. This case has the potential to set dangerous precedent where Natives are effectively gagged from speaking out against redface, appropriation and the abuse of our culture and sacred ways by mainstream society. This is legal conquest. We can’t allow them to play Indian and hide behind judicial robes to do it. Thank you.

Contribute here: http://www.gofundme.com/8f3z30

STOP SHOPPING AT URBAN OUTFITTERS if you for some reason still do.

The retailer just released this “vintage” blood-stained Kent State sweatshirt on Sunday, referencing the shooting massacre at Kent State on May 4, 1970, when four unarmed college students were killed and nine wounded by Ohio National Guardsmen during a Vietnam War protest at the university. 

It has since been removed & listed as “sold out.”

Urban Outfitters apologized on Twitter: 

Urban Outfitters sincerely apologizes for any offense our Vintage Kent State Sweatshirt may have caused. It was never our intention to allude to the tragic events that took place at Kent State in 1970 and we are extremely saddened that this item was perceived as such. The one-of-a-kind item was purchased as part of our sun-faded vintage collection. There is no blood on this shirt nor has this item been altered in any way. The red stains are discoloration from the original shade of the shirt and the holes are from natural wear and fray. Again, we deeply regret that this item was perceived negatively and we have removed it immediately from our website to avoid further upset.

UO has a history of super offensive & appropriative clothing, including Native exploitation & a crop top with “depression” written across it.

Gross. Don’t shop there. 

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5 times Katy Perry proved she’s pop music’s worst cultural appropriator

Earth to Katy Perry: Racist cultural appropration is not flattery or appreciation. It’s offensive and disrespectful to your fans, many of whom are having a hard time still liking you, since they’re disappointed by a string of racist stereotypes.

Her newest video is only the tip of the iceberg. | Follow micdotcom

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Hey, this model on Instagram is defending her use of a Native American warbonnet in a recent “sexy” photoshoot by saying she’s a women’s studies major… Total bullshit reason… I was wondering if your followers could help call her out for racist appropriation? She’s so defensive. Her IG name is caramiaxo, here’s her acct: instagram.com/caramiaxo

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I don’t have an Instagram but followers, if you do please call this gross shit out!

The world has you believing civilizations like Greece and Rome were the epitome of mankind and that they popped up out of nowhere. Where do you think they got their knowledge from? All of their Gods, Science, Astronomy, Mathematics, Medicine, Architecture, Philosophy etc. was derived from preexisting empires in Cush and Kemet (Egypt). Appropriation and theft of culture/knowledge at its finest.  

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