"US band The Slants sues so it can trademark 'offensive' name"
Band's official site (top image source): The Slants
I just saw this, and, as a second-generation American (my mother's parents were legal immigrants from Mexico--Trump 2016), I feel like it's really
important to bring this up, especially in light of the recent spate of racial tensions around the country as of late. (Just a quick aside on
that--Black Lives Matters, while I get it and while I agree and empathize with the overall message--it is obviously misguided and will end up doing
literally the exact
opposite thing that idealists want it to. I assume that there are some people here who disagree with my views on Black
Lives Matters--I have spoken personally with activists (and am friends with them)--I reserve my right to my opinion.) What I'm trying to say, is,
instead parroting various platitudes, why don't we try something that's do-able
Race is a societal construct, after all, and it has no basis in reality.
So it all comes down to culture telling us how to treat one another.
Every different place has a different culture. We can change our culture if we take personal responsibility to be that change, ourselves.
So, just a moment ago, I see this perfect example in the form of the band, The Slants:
The Portland, Oregon "dance-rock" band, which is made up entirely of Asian-Americans, claimed that they chose the name to take back the racial
epithet. A lawyer for bandleader Simon Tam argued that his client "was following in the long tradition of 'reappropriation,' in which members of
minority groups have reclaimed terms that were once directed at them as insults and turned them outward as badges of pride."
Like you [presumably], I've never heard of them until now. Apparently, their case has made it all the way to the Supreme Court, so that's a big deal.
Anyway, the members of the group talk about re-appropriating Obama's teleprompter is right on one thing:we need to break stereotypes--because they're
honestly meaningless. However, instead of crying about safe-spaces and being all stupid and 'PC', this awesome band, The Slants, has decided to make a
very direct case against the very heart of what we, as a society, deem to be 'offensive'.
The Slant's sentiments really resonate with me. So I felt the need to share this with you, good people of ATS. Race isn't a biological fact--it's a
cultural myth. We need to wake up about that. People are just people. Skin color doesn't mean anything about character. Nobody is exactly the same
shade of color as anybody else, either, if you think about it. So it's just how we think we have to treat one another. Why can't we all just love one
Now, I don't think it bears much weight, but the article insists on drudging up the very muddy issue of the Redskins and Native Indian pride and that
whole Supreme Court case. Having looked into this case, in depth, myself, I believe that this portrayal of a literally red-skinned, romanticized,
Hollywood 'Indian'--is not appropriate because it is so adverse to actual fact. If the Redskins perhaps decided to make a new mascot, with the help of
input from Tribal leaders, then maybe a new precedent could be set. Remembering history is never a bad thing, after all. That's just my opinion on
that, though. And I don't really think that the two have much to do with one another, so I kind-of disagree with how the article says that they're
So, with that, I will leave you to your musings. I can't wait.
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