November 1, 2007 § 2 Comments
Another November, another NaBloPoMo off to a rousing start. Richard has described our Hallowe’en festivities in detail here. It was a good night, but I wasn’t feeling particularly festive, I’m afraid, for reasons we’ll no doubt discuss in the coming weeks.
After the last trick-or-treaters, we happened to catch a couple of minutes of a CNN report about people hanging bodies dangling from nooses as Hallowe’en decorations in the US. If you’re into the gorier, grosser, less-authentic side of the holiday, that’s your business, as long as you buy seven or eight bags of fun-size Snickers and don’t let your brother-in-law hide under the porch to grab the kids’ ankles on their way up the steps.
But if someone asks you to take the dangling effigies down because they’re offensive, you do it. You do not argue about how you don’t find them offensive (surprise, surprise, whitey), and it’s your yard/bar
/whites-only tree, by God, and if some (black) folks find your decorations unpleasantly evocative of the very recent past, then they don’t have to look. You try to keep the peace and see it from someone else’s point of view, because by your own admission, they’re just decorations. To you, anyway.
This kind of myopia and inconsideration still leaves me breathless, but then, Hallowe’en isn’t a holiday for the Emily Post crowd. Anyone else keep a running tally of how many kids actually say “trick-or-treat”?