Reblogged from moniquill
After math of a crazy night of man hunt! #warrior
Dressing up in redface is hurtful. Wearing ‘war paint’ is hurtful.
Well, you’ve chosen to be hurt by it. Which might not be the same thing at all.
Racism is not in your intent.
Your intent is immaterial in how racist your actions are.
This isn’t about you BEING a racist. It’s about you DOING A THING that is racist.
Your intent doesn’t change it. Your ignorance of its meaning doesn’t change it. It’s got nothing to do with you as a person and everything to do with the meaning of your action in the context of sociocultural history.
Of course it’s about intent! What kind of talk is this? Are you seriously trying to tell me that you’d prefer someone who wore all the “right” clothes but wandered around with hate for Indians in his heart than stupid white people who quite like whatever their image of “an Indian” is but wear stupid makeup? One is a racist and the other is just a moron.
How you feel about it is irrelevant, because you choose to feel however you like. If you’re absolutely determined to be offended by something like this, I’m sure you’ll find a way, and I would never want to take something from you which is so close to your heart, and moreover, I will defend your right to be as offended as you like by anything you want.
And I will also defend the right of stupid white people to make moronic fashion decisions.