Once Aryan Skynet Goes Live It Doesn't Matter Who Pulled The Switch
White people just can’t win.
They tell us we’re supposed to “celebrate diversity” and we’re accused of “ignorance” if we don’t. But then when we do try to appreciate aspects of foreign cultures, we’re accused of “cultural appropriation” and “exoticization.”
The latest “hipster racist” outrage is Mormons in Utah celebrating Holi, the Hindu Holiday. (After all, if anyone is “white” it’s Mormons in Utah.) Carol Kuruvilla at the Huffington Post points and sputters:
Thousands are expected to crowd outside Utah’s Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple this weekend for what might be the largest celebration of Holi in the United States.
Although Holi is tied to Hinduism, many attendees will likely be young Mormons from nearby schools like Brigham Young University, lured by the promise of big, colorful, messy party.
In recent years, Hindu Americans have found that the Holi celebrations they organize for their own communities are increasingly drawing interest from non-Hindus. The spirit of Holi is one of playfulness and inclusivity, so people of other faiths are often welcomed to join in on the fun.
But there’s a fine line between appreciating culture and appropriating culture. The problem happens when people who don’t identify as Hindus strip the festival of its spiritual context and history, turning an ancient holiday into a chance for hipsters to throw a raucous party and post the pictures on Instagram.
When Kuruvilla isn’t lecturing White Hipster Mormons on their insensitivity, she’s lecturing White Americans on “Why We Need A Muslim Woman’s Day” and accusing White Americans of “racism” for thinking of “Indian Americans” as a “model minority.”
But here she has some instructions for White Americans on whether or not they are allowed to celebrate Holi:
So before saying “yes” to a friend’s invitation to attend a Holi party, it’s worthwhile to take a second look at the event itself. The important questions in play seem to be first, whether Hindu Americans are involved in putting on the event, and secondly, whether the organizers acknowledge Holi’s origins.
One can imagine the reaction if White Americans similarly lectured Indians and other “model minorities” on making sure a Whitey was involved in organizing their Christmas and Halloween parties.
Holi is a spring festival that celebrates new life. It’s a time when traditional social boundaries are overturned, according to Anantanand Rambachan, a religion professor at St. Olaf College.
“Children can squirt elders, and women can douse the men. Animosities, like the darkness and cold of winter, are forgotten and unity prevails. In the celebration of Holi, we all become one, overlooking differences of age, authority and status,” Rambachan told The Huffington Post.
But it looks like Kuruvilla and her “religion expert” may be guilty of some “white washing” Holi themselves, as the holiday has recently become a celebration of Hindu Nationalism in India, we are warned by the presumably Jewish Ariel Sophia Bardi, who apparently travels the world to find examples of “problematic nationalism.”
In Mathura’s old city, packs of men marched through winding, paint-splattered streets swinging white lotus flags, the trademark logo of the BJP. After the election, the hashtags “#victory” and “#ModiWave” continued to trend on Twitter—along with “#saffronization,” a reference to the influence of right-wing political Hinduism on domestic policy (saffron is the Hindu nationalist party color). Flooded with BJP party logos, Holi’s religious celebrations soon began to look like nationalist rallies.
The politicization of Holi was a fitting pivot for a political party that has built its brand on the perceived persecution of Hindus and the insertion of ancient Hindu lore into mainstream contemporary politics.
To this Hipster Racist it seems that Bardi and Kuruvilla can figure this out for themselves. But this author must stand up for his people and declare to all White Racist Hipsters everywhere: Go ahead and get your Holi on, Whiteys make everything cooler.