Well, today's Columbus Day, a time when we feel weird about getting a day off work because Columbus and the genocide that followed his "discovering" of America is not someone we should celebrate in any sense of the word. If you're currently feeling conflicted about staying at home on the couch watching Real Housewives reruns, take a minute to call out some of the Native appropriations for sale at a retailer near you.
Here are but a few suggestions—be sure to leave yours in the comments section!
As Sasha Houston Brown points out in her excellent post on the subject, "Selling imported plastic and nylon dreamcatchers disrespects our history and undermines our sovereignty as Tribal Nations." In addition to the aforementioned dreamcatchers, UO also sells the "Navajo Hipster Panty" (and about a million other things):
Contact Urban Outfitters here. Twitter: @UrbanOutfitters.
Etsy and many of the site's sellers have got an appropriation problem. Check out some of their recent "handpicked items" and see which sellers could use a message from you telling them that racism is never fashionable (via My Culture is Not a Trend):
Contact Etsy here. Twitter: @Etsy.
Your friend's Halloween costume:
Face it: You're likely to have at least one non-Native, non-thinking friend decide to go the headdress route come Halloween this year. Speak up and let them that their costume is not cool—and let the retailers who sell these costumes know how you feel too. You can start with Costume Craze and their "Adult Super Deluxe Indian Woman" outfit:
Type in the coupon code INDN45 and save 20%! Seriously.
Contact Costume Craze here.
Again, these are just a few examples of the Native appropriation happening RIGHT NOW on Columbus Day. Share yours in the comments, and use your day off to call out some of the exploitation and racism that's been a part of this country since 1492.