(Closed) So yeah…would you say something? NWR

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Really?  Paper headbands for eighth graders?  If there walking around the school with them on you could just report that you saw them and worried that a child or parent would find them offensive.  No need to get into any more detail.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Bleh. My Future Sister-In-Law (she’s 15) had “tacky tourist day” at school for spirit week. She posted a picture on Instagram of her and some friends, all of whom were dressed like stereotypical tourists (Hawaiian shirts, baseball caps, big cameras, fanny packs, etc.), and one girl in a hoodie and sedge hat. I commented that that was inappropriate and tasteless, and she said that someone let her borrow it because she had nothing to wear. I said that I was surprised someone (who I assume was a teacher, since…who just has one of those hanging around at school?) a) suggested she wear it for tacky tourist day, and b) allowed her to wear it.

Anyway, long story short, yes, I would say something, especially if it’s your job to make sure they’re not wasting time.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’d be much more upset by the cultural insensitivity than him spending school time doing simple art projects.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I’d say something because cultural appropriation is racist and seeing kids who are not native wearing representations of culturally significant head dresses could be pretty offensive to other students, teachers and parents. I know you don’t want to be a tattle but if you don’t, he’s probably going to do it again another year and another group of young people won’t think critically about appropriating other cultures.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

EIGHT GRADE?! That sounds more like an elementary school project… not that I don’t agree that it would offend someone but SERIOUSly?!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

oh white men is right. you did the right thing and depending on how far you want to push the issue, you could even walk in with some literature on the subject. I get not wanting to be a nag or a tattle, but I’m of the belief that it’s best to speak up and be unpopular than to tacitly accept racism and oppression. I know it sucks, I’m now known as the crazy feminist by a group of guys I used to be friends with because I told one of them that his rape joke wasn’t funny. This is a great opportunity to spark a discussion the kids and get them to think critically about subtle racism and privilege. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@peachacid:  Good god, people turn unto real witches when they get into groups. Did they make that Monday thing up? or is that a real thing? I have never heard anyone say that in my life.

Also, is there something I’m missing about the feather thing? I mean clearly it’s ridiculous for 8th graders to be doing, but kindergarteners at thanksgiving? I’m not asking flippantly, I’m just genuinely curious. Was the feather thing made up by white historians?

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

Racists

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

You seem to be extremely sensitive on this topic so I would have probably let it go. The entire world will never be p.c. and if it isn’t something overtly racist then best to just realize you can not change everyone or poke your nose in every situation. 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@peachacid:  Gotcha, I was wondering if there was some extra historical reason for the feather thing being so offensive.   It’s just like how they are all portrayed as spiritual people who love nature and make awesome herbal medicines.

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