Outrageously Disturbing!

Oh, the GALL!!!

I didn’t have the time to write about this outrageous and appalling story when it first came out, but here it is…

Apparently, two people – who are clearly missing a history lesson, cultural sensitivity, half a brain and some overall humanity- thought it would be a great idea to dress up in the most offensive costume EVER for Halloween. Two men went to a Royal Canadian Legion Halloween party in Eastern Ontario dressed as a KKK member (in full-out KKK attire and with a confederate flag tied around his neck) holding a black man (a white man in black face paint) by a noose!

WHAT?!!!!!

Wait! It gets worse!

They won first place in the Legion’s costume contest! People actually condoned this!!!!

According to some guests at the Legion, few walked out and no one spoke out against this obscenity of monstrous proportions.

What’s even more alarming is that the KKK guy’s son was ranting about how it’s Halloween and about the idea that people should be free to dress how they please. He added that he didn’t understand why his father was under so much fire, how he really didn’t see the big deal in dressing up like this and that it was “just a costume”.

Really?!

How sad is this? This is so appalling and disturbing that it should be considered a hate crime!

The president of the Legion issued an apology, the day after the event, stating that this behaviour was not promoted or condoned by the members of the Legion and that it does not reflect the overall values and beliefs of the Legion itself. Well, in my humble opinion, there’s a load of B/S if you ever had one! If it really didn’t reflect some underlying beliefs (including those of the Legion’s members – who were silent and willing bystanders), those held responsible for the party would have never allowed this pair through the doors, much less awarded them the FIRST PRIZE in the costume contest!

Granted, many individuals in the community in question are as outraged as I am; the fact remains, however, that no one had the cojones (or worse, the desire) to speak out against this disturbing and hateful act.

This is simply atrocious and abominable.

Alas, as sad as this situation may be, let us use it as a lesson.

We need to invest more time, energy and money into educating the general public and creating more awareness of cultural issues. It is imperative for us to promote more cultural sensitivity and to instill a climate of peace, kindness and compassion in ourselves, our homes, our communities and our nations in order for any harmony amongst our global population to be possible.

It all begins with each and every one of us.

Links to the story:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/ontario/kkk-costume-at-legion-halloween-party-disgusts-many-in-ontario-town/article1783090/

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/life/costume+causes+outrage+during+Ontario+Legion+contest/3767227/story.html

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. One-armed Paperhanger
    Nov 04, 2010 @ 23:24:56

    I share your outrage. That is, truly, abominable.

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  2. Troy
    Nov 05, 2010 @ 10:41:49

    I think I can agree with how pissed you are about that, but I do wonder, how far is too far? Where do we draw the line between fun and games and horror? I guess, I would never dress up as Diocletian or Nero, but what about the people who dress up as Hitler? Is it a joke? Is it relative?

    If I were there, I admit, I wouldn’t have been offended. I would have taken it as a joke (albeit, a morbid and dark joke).

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  3. Ani
    Nov 05, 2010 @ 16:36:33

    I have to agree with Cass. I was disturbed by the event too. The intention might have been for laughs, but I think it’s wrong to dress up as KKK. Or Hitler… or any other person or figure that represents hate.
    And I’m not sure what the joke would have been about. Haha, white supremacists treat anyone not their colour and/or religion worse than animals? It would make me sick to see someone dressed as a fighter with a child soldier in tow, just as it would disturb me to see someone in a white sheet with someone painted in blackface in a noose.
    I don’t mean to be overly-touchy about it, but seriously, what’s the point?

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  4. The Shameless Idealist
    Nov 05, 2010 @ 20:15:07

    I don’t think we’re being “overly touchy” about this at all. I think it would be taking it too far if people were upset about someone dressing up as that “Saw” guy. Dressing up as any figure or symbol of people or groups who have – in reality – caused people nothing but pain and suffering is not O.K by any stretch of the imagination. I definitely don’t take this as a joke, not even a bad one; there’s nothing to joke about here and it’s ridiculously distasteful.

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