Tyson DeWees is a fellow martial artist, personal trainer, and pundit. He travels the world starting arguments and stopping obesity at every turn. Ty has a wealth of life experiences that inform his opinions and I’m glad to have him as a guest columnist. ~Watt
As Halloween fades, the usual dirge of racial and insensitive costumes begin to make the rounds on the internet. It amazes me that people still are able to gin up the outrage to spend countless hours discussing just what needs to be done.
What needs to be done?
Nothing, I say.
Those in the political sphere know a divided country is a country that is easily controlled.
The question is, are those in the political sphere the ones leaking these photos and videos online?
I say no, they are not.
They may not be leaking the videos online but they have created an atmosphere much like any totalitarian regime where neighbor turns on neighbor for seemingly innocent actions.
We live in a Politically Correct environment where the minority and the victim class have the power to exert great control over others.
This may result in loss of employment, civil action, or even violence perpetrated in the name of justice. As usual with the proletariat, they begin to turn on themselves. Michael Irvin and his “Scalping” remark is the latest in the Lefts attempt to control all actions and speech.
During a live segment of Gameday Morning, the Hall of Fame wide receiver took center stage and insisted that Cleveland Browns quarterback Jason Campbell “personally get down and lead these Browns to a scalping of the undefeated Chiefs.” Irvin didn’t seem to think the mention of the primitive ritual was any sort of on-air red flag, as the theatrics in his address only continued. “And do it in a way that will make everyone say, that Campbell is mmmm mmmm good.”
A pretty non-offensive reference that just a decade ago would have caused barely a blink of the eye.
So the question is, why does an action or expression covered under the First Amendment (If you are American) cause so much hand wringing and genuflection? Simple people have been conditioned to this response. Much like Pavlov’s Dogs human are very susceptible to conditioning.
After 50 years of the Political Lefts worming it’s way into academia and the public recourse, we have come to this state. What seems to be very reasonable sensitivity is in fact seditious thought policing.
Native American costumes have been around since the beginning of Halloween, and only recently has there been an issue. The Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman costume is a current event costume based on the death of a teenager who may or may not have attacked an armed Community Watchman. Of course, there is a sense of bad taste in these costumes but that is exactly the response the wearer wanted to elicit.
Since the beginning of time, comedy was based on a few themes and premises, one being uncomfortable and tragic situations those comedians made light of. Comedy helps us to deal with the tragic. It is entirely possible that one who wears a costume in bad taste does so just to fly in the face of convention and what is considered good taste. The wearer wants you to be offended, and in being offended he/she has done their job.
In light of the current world situation, is the time invested in being offended warranted?
Again, I say, no it is not.
We are in a poor economy, the health care system is crashing, there are current political actions involving our troops and drone strikes killing innocents and destabilizing the Middle East. In fact violent crime is rising again after a drop since the 1990’s. Here is the year-to-date total murder rate for Chicago: http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/2013-chicago-murders.
There have been untold tragic events in the last year.
Halloween costumes are just Bread and Circuses, a superficial means of appeasement.
The true tragedies of the World are complicated, there are no easy fixes so faux outrage over tasteless costumes it is. I think you must question yourself. “Why do I care so much about a costume when there is death, disease, and famine in the world?”
The answer is, because you have been conditioned to do so!