I am being shouted down as someone who is looking for offense and is going to raise my children to be offended by anything and everything. Added to their logic is their "proof" because Disney did the Pocahontas movie so HOW can that be RACIST?
So if you are stopping by as a result of that discussion I will let you take the time to read about my perspective yourself. You want to raise a child who isn't racist? Subscribe to these two sites
If you are interested in reading about the true story of Pocahontas click the link.
If you really think its still ok to to dress up in costume of another group of people I will simply ask you to read this which comes from a larger article found here
American Indians (With or Without Cowboys)
Considering the backlash against Native American mascots in sports, it should be no surprise that donning an American Indian costume is likely to rub some the wrong way. Whether you’re a kid dressing up as an Indian during a Thanksgiving play or an adult rooting for your favorite sports team while wearing faux war paint and a headdress, you’re likely to get a reaction because these costumes typically paint Native Americans as cartoonish and savage.
Throwing cowboys into the mix only adds insult to injury. When European “cowboys” settled the Americas, they not only set out to appropriate Native lands but to decimate or neutralize the indigenous population. “Cowboys and Indians” parties make light of the atrocities committed in the name of manifest destiny. A January 2009 editorial written by college student Tefari Abel Casas Fuchs reveals how emotionally damaging “Cowboys and Indians” parties can be to Native American students.
In addition to these issues, the sexy Pocahontas costumes on the market for women are racially offensive as well. Not only do they sexualize Pocahontas, a young adolescent girl, but Native American women generally. All too often, the sexual relationships Native American women had with European settlers were exploitative or abusive, with Native women regarded as the derogatory term “squaw.”
Being respectful costs so little. Why not try it?
*I am not approving comments that tie the conversation directly back to another website. This blog, my blog, is a record for my children of their adoption and journey to our family. I have explained my POV, I have stated I was sorry if anyone was offended by my explanation, as I was by the racist use of historical regalia for silly entertainment.*