Below, I will address the claims made in the above comments.
Before I do this, though, I want to make something clear about what I wrote in this column. In the above comments I read that I called people racists or that I resorted to personal attacks. This column did no such thing. I wrote, “I believe that for a white person to host a party themed “Cowboys and Indians” is racist.” No where in this sentence does it state that I believe that someone who holds this party is racist. I wrote that the ACTION of holding this party is racist. If we break down the above sentence, the subject is “to host a party,” which is an action.
This is a subtle distinction, but one that needs to be made. I don’t believe that calling someone racist does any good, as we are all affected by institutional racism and prone to racist acts when we do not think critically about our actions.
Nor was this meant to be a personal attack: I was not attacking the personhood of who hosted this party or the people who attended. I was attacking and critiquing an ACTION. It is imperative, I believe, to keep this distinction in mind.
So, it seems incumbent upon those who disagree to focus on my arguments made in the column. If you disagree, it might help for me to once again repeat my summary of my argument:
• To host a cowboys and indians party is a racist act because it repeats a stereotype of Native Americans created by white institutional power
• Therefore, you should not host or attend a cowboys and indians party
• This is especially harmful if hosted by marginalized groups because it hurts the opportunity to build alliances with people of color.