We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I didn't wear a Halloween costume past 6th-8th grade.
I did wear a costume to a Sadie Hawkins dance in high school: a Mexican sarape with white pants and shirt- a blue-eyed dirty blonde haired Mexican peasant. Was that appropriation or imitation or prediction? I ended up working in Latin America, and my date became a Spanish professor.
It lists 11 separate “harmful” themes, including any “generalized representation” of Asian culture or “Indigenous” cultures, such as “Cowboys and Indians,” as well as “tropical” or “fiesta.”
Cowboy costumes are verboten in Texas? In a state where cowboy boots, hat and blue jeans are ubiquitous? It would be verboten, according to the UT-Austin directives, to wear a Halloween costume dressed up as Austin icon Stevie Ray Vaughan. Look at the Stevie Ray Vaughan statue at Town Lake in Austin, several miles south of the UT-Austin campus. Serape- verboten. Cowboy hat/grandee hat- verboten. Cowboy boots/grandee boots- verboten. Talk about dummkopfs. Pardon me, I am "appropriating" Central Texas Germans by writing "dummkopfs" [fools- lit. dumbheads.] instead of BLITHERING IDIOTS.
Why did the Austin city fathers ever erect a statue to Stevie Ray, who was guilty as sin of "appropriating" blues music from its originators?
Speaking of cultural "appropriation," consider what happened to the polkas and accordions that the German immigrants brought 150+ years ago to Central Texas. Tejanos "appropriated" then Northern Mexico "apprpiriated" them from Tejanos. Thus we get Norteña Polka. Some call it "appropriation." I call it melting pot.