Hi, this non-Native followed the link for the repulsively-named costume, and found that it was offered by Oriental Trading Co. Guess what? They had a site survey in a pop-up window. Filled it out and used the "other" blanks to register my disgust with their item. A bonus at the end of the survey - they say they were just acquired by Berkshire Hathaway. Off to virtual Omaha I went, and sent a blunt email to their contact address there, recommending that, if Oriental Trading does not drop the offensive item, that Berkshire Hathaway drop their investment in Oriental Trading. I won't presume to speak to previous comments about internalized racism - not my place. I can assure you, though, from growing up in the dominant culture, that casual racism is still alive and well, using the code words and "dog whistles" you speak of. Think I'll share this article on Facebook now. Thank you for writing it.
Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 04:42