pepomint wrote:I want to pop back in and say that it was not my intention to speak on behalf of folks of color in general or Pacific Islanders specifically. My sincere apologies for coming across that way.
And let me say that I'm working from a deep pit of selfishness. I find that my social world is a much better place when there's less racism (colonialism, appropriation, etc) because I get along much better with folks who are different than me. I would like Burning Man to have less racism, because I love Burning Man and I want to get along with other Burners.
no, wait, are you implying, BRC has racism? in any amount?
This theme seems like a big step backwards to me, adding at the very least some serious racialized condescension (a la The Gods Must Be Crazy, which has already come up on this thread) on to the usual low-level drumbeat of tiki-bar-and-bindi appropriation by white Burners, which also gets under my skin. At this point appropriation feels really fake to me, and so I find myself avoiding it and avoiding people that do it. And I am selfish, and so I really don't want this year's Burning Man to be a big pile of racialized condescension because I want to go to a fun event rather than skip one that gives me a headache.
so, what, are you worried people will go around throwing Coke bottles in front of other people, and pointing and laughing? WTF? Not that many people do much related to the theme anyway, but, it seems you are painting some sort of worst case scenario, and applying it. Not at all taking into account Burners innate ability to have fun, be kind, tease, and accept out of context and inappropriate humor. You give no credit to peoples (maybe Burners moreso) inherent sensitivities, and compassion. And, no matter what the theme, you can count on someone, to do something wrong....
And really, we're Burners. Creative, right? Inclusive, right? We can do so much better than borrowing some questionable WWII-era concept for our theme. Right?
just because you don't like it, does not mean others, maybe even most, should not do it.
Play your own game, have your own fun, and let others....
junglesmacks wrote:Shut up, hippies.
TomServo wrote:Pickles are cucumbers soaked in EVIL!
.Foxfur wrote:So I guess I shouldn't be planning on serving any of these at the burn lest I offend someone:
MyDearFriend wrote:I can't believe I'm taking shit from a meat-cake-with-teeth. :lol:
Foxfur wrote:So I guess I shouldn't be planning on serving any of these at the burn lest I offend someone:
Foxfur wrote:And let's not forget this racist classic:
I think the educational and psychological studies I mentioned are
examples of what I would like to call cargo cult science. In the
South Seas there is a cargo cult of people. During the war they saw
airplanes land with lots of good materials, and they want the same
thing to happen now. So they've arranged to imitate things like
runways, to put fires along the sides of the runways, to make a
wooden hut for a man to sit in, with two wooden pieces on his head
like headphones and bars of bamboo sticking out like antennas--he's
the controller--and they wait for the airplanes to land. They're
doing everything right. The form is perfect. It looks exactly the
way it looked before. But it doesn't work. No airplanes land. So
I call these things cargo cult science, because they follow all the
apparent precepts and forms of scientific investigation, but
they're missing something essential, because the planes don't land.
Now it behooves me, of course, to tell you what they're missing.
But it would be just about as difficult to explain to the South Sea
Islanders how they have to arrange things so that they get some
wealth in their system. It is not something simple like telling
them how to improve the shapes of the earphones. But there is one
feature I notice that is generally missing in cargo cult science.
That is the idea that we all hope you have learned in studying
science in school--we never explicitly say what this is, but just
hope that you catch on by all the examples of scientific
investigation. It is interesting, therefore, to bring it out now
and speak of it explicitly. It's a kind of scientific integrity,
a principle of scientific thought that corresponds to a kind of
utter honesty--a kind of leaning over backwards. For example, if
you're doing an experiment, you should report everything that you
think might make it invalid--not only what you think is right about
it: other causes that could possibly explain your results; and
things you thought of that you've eliminated by some other
experiment, and how they worked--to make sure the other fellow can
tell they have been eliminated.
Roberto Dobbisano wrote:so, space pimps carry the most important cargo of all?
Roberto Dobbisano wrote:CHRISTIANITY IS A GODDAMN CARGO CULT YOU STUPID, STUPID HUMANS....
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