Monday, October 19, 2015

BYU-I students bringing awareness about offensive costumes

There's so much wrong in this photo, and not just from a sociological standpoint; like fashion-sense and frugality -- $60 to be "Princesa India"? SMH

Rexburg, Idaho. Population: 26,000. Mormons: 95 percent. If you've never been there, it's a helluva white town at 95 percent. Nearly 50 percent of its residents are of the traditional college-aged demographic (18-24), which makes sense given it's the site of Brigham Young University's second most popular campus after BYU-Hawaii. (Yes, I realize that BYU at Provo, Utah technically has the largest student population of the three, but this article isn't about the reasons why we all dislike Provo #AmIRight? #CanIGetAHellYeah?)

Open Letter to Fellow People of Rexburg

October 19, 2015

Dear Fellow People of Rexburg,

Here in Rexburg, we have a store that at this time of the year is very popular: Halloween City! It’s exciting to walk around the store itself and to see the imaginations of those who have designed some really scary masks etc. However, you sadly you come across some things that are blatantly racist and a mockery of some cultures. I came across this section and I was appalled and shocked!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Radio Interview with Utah Public Radio

Earlier this week I had the privilege of discussing cultural appropriation, decolonization, and my article "Homecoming Pocahotties" (which had caused a bit of a stir). I joined Dr. Cinthya Saavedra from Utah State University's School of Teacher Education and Leadership in about an hour-long discussion with host Tom Williams.

Check out the show: "Cultural Appropriation" on Access Utah

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Homecoming [Poca]Hotties

Photo from The Salt Lake Tribune

Homecoming is full of parades, games, and dances. It’s not usually adulterated with blatant displays of racism. But last week, Copper Hills High School in West Jordan, Utah broke the “unusual” barrier. The cheer team dressed up as “Pocahotties.” You know, short tunic, war-painted faces, chicken feathers, stoic and sexy poses, dancing around like fools. On their homecoming parade float was inscribed a “real life” quote from Pocahontas (the Disney movie): “Sometimes the right path is not the easiest one.” Thanks, Grandmother Willow. You’re so wise…like an Indian. 
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Maira Gall