None of the young women above is culturally appropriating People of Color, or making the OK sign.
A while back, I explained that we talk about the War On Christmas, caused by hatred for Christianity, as is the similar War on Easter. The War On Thanksgiving is caused by hatred of America, although a couple of atheists will also complain that it's God who is being given Thanks at Thanksgiving.
But there are many different Wars On Halloween.
This year, we have an extra, unusual case of "War on Halloween"—mass shootings at black Halloween parties. There was one shooting at a Halloween party in Greenville, TX. The victims were black, the shooter was Brandon Ray Gonzalez. This is not a suicidal mass shooting, or a terrorist mass shooting, it's a criminal thing.
There's also been a shooting of people of no race, by people of no race (as far as NBC is concerned) in Long Beach, CA.
Investigators were still searching for a suspect or suspects after three men were killed and nine other people were taken to hospitals following a shooting Tuesday night at a costume party at a home in the Southern California city of Long Beach, fire officials said.
Officials said those injured were seven women and two men ranging in age from 20-49. They warned that the number of wounded people could rise because they didn't know if people at the party had brought themselves to the hospital.
Oct. 30, 2019, 3:16 AM EDT / Updated Oct. 30, 2019, 11:54 AM EDT
Was that a black Halloween party? At first, I didn't know for sure. The fact that more people were wounded than killed, and that the undescribed gunman escaped, was suggestive.
So was the witness interviewed by NBC, this guy:
However, the Long Beach Post News has pictures of the family members of the victims. They're black. The shooter is described as "a man wearing dark clothing with his face concealed," presumably also black.
Believe me, if they thought he was white, someone would have said something.
So if asked to attend a black Halloween party, apply John Derbyshire's rules 10 (a) through 10 (d) from The Talk: Nonblack Version, and stay away. See also, from Steve Sailer in 2016, Chicago Criminals Not Really Into World Series, Evidently (17 Dead, 41 Wounded Over Halloween)
This is getting serious. Obviously, if you're the Liberal Prime Minister of Canada or the Democratic Governor of Virginia, you can escape the consequences, but anyone else is doomed. Here's some recent virtue signalling from a Nice White Lady at Lifehacker Offspring:
Part of the privilege of whiteness, [Ethnic Studies Professor David] Leonard says, is to be immune from the history of blackface and have the choice to ignore the pain it causes. But it’s up to us to help our kids understand the history of the practice so they grow up to know better and do better.
Why? Because more than half of white adults still think it’s “always,” “sometimes” or at least occasionally acceptable to use blackface (incorrect). The same percentage of black adults say it’s never acceptable (correct).
Blackface Should Not Be Part of Your Halloween Costume, by Meghan Moravcik Walbert, October 29, 2019
Look at the moral preening behind that "correct"/"incorrect" dichotomy. Also, despite the phrasing, it looks like half of both the black and white populations aren't that bothered.
Even weirder, this woman suggests that you can dress up as black culture heroes "LeBron James, Barack Obama or Beyoncé without darkening your complexion":
Parents can work with their kids to create costumes that honor their favorite black idols in a respectful way. A child dressing as LeBron James might wear a basketball jersey under a business suit because James is well-known as a basketball player, businessman and community activist.
In any case, forbidding blackface is literally discriminating against people because of the color of their skin, the one underneath, and the one on top. But it's okay, because the targets are, underneath the paint, white people.
I don't think that's a reason not to let your kids collect neighborhood candies, but it's not as ridiculous as the MSM makes out in stories like The Evangelical War on Halloween, by Phil Zuckerman, Huffington Post, October 20, 2014.
When reporter Daniel Hernandez wrote Day of the Dead: Your New American Holiday, FasterTimes.com, October 31, 2009, he talked about cities "Mexicanizing." When we say that, it's Hate! Hernandez wrote:
Day of the Dead is increasingly becoming a United States holiday, with people of all backgrounds in Mexicanizing U.S. cities adopting the parties and customs of Mesoamerica’s cousin to Halloween. Just check out the annual scene at Hollywood Forever cemetery in Los Angeles. There are political touchstones to the holiday as well; in El Paso they are observing Día de los Muertos with a vigil for migrants who have died attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border.
Right! But as I wrote at the time, in a sense there's nothing new here—most people don't seem to realize that the Day of the Dead is just All Saints Day and All Souls Day in a slightly different garb. Halloween, the Eve Of All Hallows, is part of the same festival.
Nothing wrong with that, although Americans can't be blamed for finding the Mexican festival, with its candy skulls and Aztec associations, slightly more bizarre than the American Trick Or Treating, the Great Pumpkin and Treehouse of Horror.
Steve Sailer has written about this, including a note on it in his most recent post—the recent custom of dressing in skimpy costumes on Halloween can be traced to the gay community's parties in the 70s in Greenwich Village. (He also wrote about the lesbian Dean of Harvard Business School banning dressing up in class to "head off the potential for sexy pirate costumes.")
It's problematical for girls, and some of them are reacting to that:
Of course, the illustration for articles like this usually looks like this:
Finally, there's the Big One:
I covered this in an article called Is There A War On Halloween—Or Just A War On Regular Americans?
The basic principle is that it's supposed to be wrong ("cultural appropriation") for white Americans to dress as people of color, or in the costumes of foreign lands, or using any non-Christian religious symbol. (Dressing up like naughty nuns doesn't count—they're considered white Christians, so fair game.) Sensitivities and microaggressions abound.
For example, here is Olympic athlete Bruce ("Call me Caitlyn") Jenner dressed as a lady. That's fine, but if either a man or a woman wants to dress as Caitlyn Jenner, that's awful. Hence this article from the new, Politically Correct Forbes: Caitlyn Jenner Costume Is Bestseller At Spirit Halloween Despite Outcry [By Clare O'Connor, October 30, 2015].
Wal-Mart, which is the source of that mildly naughty nun costume, is being proactive in censoring anything that might offend: Walmart has a SWAT team for offensive Halloween costumes, by Claire Groden, Fortune, October 30, 2015.
However, last year when the Catholic League's Bill Donohue called them out on some awful anti-Catholic stuff, they basically blew him off [Walmart’s Catholic Problem, October 30, 2014].
Here's one from Ranker.com’s 37 of the Most Offensive Costumes You'll See This Halloween. That's supposed to be offensive to people who actually have anorexia, and SJWs also come down heavily on "fat girl" costumes.
But the main offense is a white person dressing like a non-white person. As above, this does not apply to the Liberal Prime Minister of Canada.
The classic expression of whites not having the right to dress as Indians (dot or feather) or any other non-white foreigner is the 2012 Ohio University campaign by minority students—Students Teaching About Racism in Society (STARS)—against playing dress-up.
All of these people are people who've chosen to dress as Americans in America—sweaters, jeans, Dockers, whatever. But they don't want anybody in America ever to dress like their parents and relatives back home.
James Fulford [Email him] is a writer and editor for VDARE.com.