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    • kellyboudia

      People complain about “indian” themed costumes and parties all the time.
      For example:
      http://nativeappropriations.com/2013/10/the-one-stop-for-all-your-indian-costumes-are-racist-needs.html
      Another example:
      http://bigstory.ap.org/article/victorias-secret-apologizes-use-headdress
      One more:
      http://abcnews.go.com/ABC_Univision/ABC_Univision/native-american-imagery-appropriation-redskins-disrespectful/story?id=20286034 I don’t mean any disrespect. I just wanted to let you know that this is also a real issue that people grapple with. Ignorance is not a complete excuse for racism. In reference to the article, standing firm in her ignorance at the expense of a group of people without making any effort to learn why they find her ignorance offensive is not the correct action to take after this kind of scandal. Side-stepping the issue, forcing out a non-apology, and trying to turn the argument around on those criticizing her is an even worse idea. This only serves to make her seem more ignorant and, at this point, racist. She’s young. Hopefully she’ll grow more as an individual and see why some of her action can be construed as (and in my opinion, are) racist.

    • kellyboudia

      /Yes. Her stating that she is Somali and that the terrorists are Somali is equivalent to her being a terrorist. Excellent deduction. She goes on to state, “…I mean, they’re not even my people. They’re not my people.” Doesn’t she seem to be arguing this waaay too hard? She must really be a shifty terrorist supporter and her first sentence clearly shows her TRUE intentions. There’s absolutely no chance that she is a normal girl who is shocked by the events that are rocking her community and abroad that have been perpetrated by people that share a similar background with her. Clearly, Somalians are different from other upstanding religious/cultural/ethnic/racial groups which, when shocked by similar events, first feel shame (” I can’t believe someone like me…”) followed by rejection of the individuals (“They’re not really Christian/etc.” or “They’re psycho”). Examples include: Anders Breivik, Ted Kaczynski, Seung Hui Cho, Dzokhar Tsarnaev, Hitler, Mao Tse-Tung, Hugo Chavez, etc…/END SARCASM.

    • kellyboudia

      Just wanted to point out that India is a very large country with many different cultures and languages. The area I was born in is filled with people who don’t look like the mainstream “Indian” beauty (rather more east/southeast Asian) but are just as proud to be Indian as anyone else. It is a point of contention among many Indians whether or not they belong with the rest of Asia. Those of us who identify as Indian and look more “Asian” are often left out of that discussion.