Free + Really Wet, 1997
3. Call Out Appropriation Because It’s Offensive (Not Because You Know I Won’t Like It)
A white friend recently posted a short rant about an offensive Halloween magazine advertising, among other things, an “Indian princess” costume.
She didn’t say, “My Native friends will hate this!” or “I have Native friends and I’m appalled!” She simply noted all the offensive material (Halloween needs some work, folks), and said she planned on burning the magazine and using the money she saved on costumes to buy more candy.
Posts like these, in which people call out the offensiveness of mascots or headdresses without making the problem my responsibility to fight (there are those who simply link me to a post – “Taté Walker, did you see this? What do you think?” – without necessarily being offended themselves) make me want to hug someone.
I love when a non-Native person gets something others would see as a Native-specific issue."