My 2-20-07 letter to the editor printed in the AZ Daily Star. Apparently there was an off-campus party where partygoers "dressed black," imitating "gangsta" rappers and "ho's." Tasteless.
Racism should be taken seriously
Re: the Feb. 17 letter to the editor "Good to laugh at stereotypes."
The letter writer commits a common mistake in our country: historical amnesia. Privileged white students dressing up as African-American stereotypes is not fun. Quite simply, it recalls the American tradition of blackface, where white actors would dress up as "blacks" to depict behavior so racist that black actors were unwilling to act out the scenes, such as the fictional attempted rape of a white Southern belle by a "black" man in "The Birth of a Nation."
Indeed, as the letter writer points out, these students do not take racism seriously. They should, and we all should, take American historical racism seriously.
UA student, Tucson