But seriously, folks… There are two fashion statements I have been keenly aware of lately that I think deserve some attention.
First off, let’s talk about the hipster headdress. Plenty of intelligent Natives have written on this subject already. Feel free to poke around for some in the blogosphere. Suffice it to say, it’s just not as cool as some people think. Imagine receiving an award that was earned through a lifetime of sacrificial love of your brothers and sisters, and then give it to a 22 year old candy raver who’s going to end the night puking on the bumper of someone’s car.
Yeah. Not cool.
There are lots of ways to admire and celebrate Native culture. It’s such a trend lately, which is great! Hopefully people will be reminded of the forgotten history of the North American tribes, and perhaps they’ll be motivated to do some genealogy or learn a language.
Secondly (and I know I’m going to be unpopular for this one), the cross. Yes, the ubiquitous Midwestern symbol of Murican Jesus’ love and favor. It’s also a murder weapon. Electric chairs, guns, bombs, poison gas… this is the category the cross belongs in. It’s my understanding that some Jewish people regard it as a violent image. This seems justifiable when you look into the use of the cross for genocide to their race. Imagine people using an AK-47 as a religious symbol, proudly displayed in golds and silvers and rhinestones on women’s handbags… It’s a bit creepy, isn’t it?
I’m not trying to be the super-sensitivity police, though I think cultural sensitivity is valuable. I believe we should look at the cultural trends in which we participate through the other’s eyes, and allow ourselves to see them objectively and notice if they are promoting peace or separation.
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