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      Neither the party’s theme nor the party goers are being at all racist. What the Americans who are reading this article have to realize is that your history with African-Americans is vastly different to that of Australia’s native indigenous peoples. For such a reason, when one dresses under the umbrella theme of ‘Africa’, the act of simply painting their faces darker is an attempt to look like an ‘African’ tribesman. I don’t see how someone dressing up as an African can immediately draw attention to the oppression of African people in America. Throughout history, there has been many cases the world over of certain cultural groups being victimised, oppressed and stereotyped. If this girl was en-route to Jerusalem and threw an ‘Israeli’ themed party where party goers wore traditional Jewish clothing would that been read on an international level as racist due to the violent history of Jewish peoples? Similarly, if she were heading to Morocco to partake in Aid work and had an Arabian nights party where people bronzed their skin and put on traditional dress would that be considered racist? What I think Americans who read this article will have trouble grasping is that unlike their own history, the Australian relationship with African peoples is not negative nor racially charged. This same situation happened a couple of years back when contestants on an Australian game show dressed as Michael Jackson and guest judge Harry Connick Jr asked them to apologize, much to the confusion of Australian viewers. Does this signify that Australians are backward thinkers in regards to Racism? No. It simply highlights the fact that racism, stereotypes and cultural differences are contextual, and lucky for any African migrants living in Australia, racism towards African peoples is not embedded into our history - unlike America’s. I am a proud Australian and find it extremely offensive that Americans can sit behind their computer and claim that us Australians are a notoriously Racist bunch. Such claims only make apparent your own geographical and sociological understanding of the world. Australia is in fact widely recognised as one of the most tolerant and multicultural societies in the Western world. What you educated Americans need to realise is that your own racial strife cannot be projected onto the Australian culture. As mentioned previously, I feel that there is a myriad of issues for which America has to overcome before its people think they have a right to accuse other countries of doing wrong within their own society. I am a huge fan of Buzzfeed and usually find the articles to be intelligent, witty and filled with humour, however attacking a girl who I’m sure none of you have ever met brings the whole site down and makes it comparable to facebook or twitter.

    • meeka22

      Neither the party’s theme nor the party goers are being at all racist. What the Americans who are reading this article have to realize is that your history with African-Americans is vastly different to that of Australia’s native indigenous peoples. For such a reason, when one dresses under the umbrella theme of ‘Africa’, the act of simply painting their faces darker is an attempt to look like an ‘African’ tribesman. I don’t see how someone dressing up as an African can immediately draw attention to the oppression of African people in America. Throughout history, there has been many cases the world over of certain cultural groups being victimised, oppressed and stereotyped. If this girl was en-route to Jerusalem and threw an ‘Israeli’ themed party where party goers wore traditional Jewish clothing would that been read on an international level as racist due to the violent history of Jewish peoples? Similarly, if she were heading to Morocco to partake in Aid work and had an Arabian nights party where people bronzed their skin and put on traditional dress would that be considered racist? What I think Americans who read this article will have trouble grasping is that unlike their own history, the Australian relationship with African peoples is not negative nor racially charged. This same situation happened a couple of years back when contestants on an Australian game show dressed as Michael Jackson and guest judge Harry Connick Jr asked them to apologize, much to the confusion of Australian viewers. Does this signify that Australians are backward thinkers in regards to Racism? No. It simply highlights the fact that racism, stereotypes and cultural differences are contextual, and lucky for any African migrants living in Australia, racism towards African peoples is not embedded into our history - unlike America’s. I am a proud Australian and find it extremely offensive that Americans can sit behind their computer and claim that us Australians are a notoriously Racist bunch. Such claims only make apparent your own geographical and sociological understanding of the world. Australia is in fact widely recognised as one of the most tolerant and multicultural societies in the Western world. What you educated Americans need to realise is that your own racial strife cannot be projected onto the Australian culture. As mentioned previously, I feel that there is a myriad of issues for which America has to overcome before its people think they have a right to accuse other countries of doing wrong within their own society. I am a huge fan of Buzzfeed and usually find the articles to be intelligent, witty and filled with humour, however attacking a girl who I’m sure none of you have ever met brings the whole site down and makes it comparable to facebook or twitter. And as for the Country/Continent comment, yes, it does reflect badly on her, but surely the girls interest in visiting the continent itself overshadows her geographical error.