Please explain why it isn't, SB. I really want to know.
I find appropriating a culture that you have no idea about (or only a vague knowledge) to be culturally insensitive. But then I'm overly sensitive to even people in the States being all "kiss me I'm Irish Erin Go Bragh!" when they know nothing about Irish history aside from the fact that their last name starts with a Mac or an O'.
HONESTLY! People really will complain about anything and everything.
Should I stop telling people I am Serbian because I don't know everything about the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand? Sorry, wiki tells me his full title is Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. Or stop telling people I am Canadian because I don't know everything about Louis Riel?
I like to cook and eat cajun food, yet I am not a descendant of Acadian exiles. I feel like such a fraud. Let's ban all cultural mixing; this will end racism faster than Paula Deen can eat a bucket of hot wings.
I don't see how it's any more racist or inappropriate than a non-Christian dressing up as the Easter bunny or Santa Claus. They're all just fun symbols of the blending of religious and local customs. Dressing up like a Muslim cleric or Jesus, bloodied and crucified would cross the line into cultural insensitivity, but still wouldn't qualify as racist, in my opinion. Should people stop allowing their daughters to dress like princesses because they are not actual royalty? People can find reasons to be offended if they want to be offended.
Racism is so deeply entrenched and pervasive in many societies that everyday racism is often unintentional. On the other hand, what is always intentional is anti-racism. The struggle against racism resists the pervasive ideologies and practices that explicitly and invisibly structure our daily lives (albeit in very different ways that are stratified by race, gender, class, and sexuality). Anti-racism requires intentionality because its an act of conscience.
I clicked on the link, and I don't even understand what is supposed to be racist.
We have Dia De Los Muertos celebrations here and while they are definitely something brought over by Mexicans and Central Americans, it's a holiday that takes place out in the public. I go almost every year and it's one of my favorite things. There's lots of white folks, especially artists of all races, who make shrines and displays. And anyone can get their face painted. Usually the people doing it are doing so for donations to a charity, money being the great race equilizer in America, after all. In fact, everyone makes money off the deal (parking, food, selling stuff) when more people show up so they certainly aren't keeping anyone out because they aren't brown enough.
Anyway, that's my 2 cents, but I think the link may have redirected because honestly, I don't get what you guys are talking about.
I saw the bit at the end and get it a little more. I can appreciate that people don't want their culture diluted, but that's what happens when you get accepted mainstream. You can't have it both ways. Not a lot of anti-irish tossed around with seriousness anymore, but everyone's going to rock a shamrock t-shirt on St. Patricks day.
I think even the author above was simply asking people to appreciate there is a meaning behind it. Which is true. But "racist"? No.