March 19, 2014, - 4:06 pm
Political correctness in this country has really reached absurd levels. The more you think it can’t get more ridiculous, the more it does. It turns out–although this isn’t news to me and probably not to you, either–that liberal White people are far more offended by things than the “poor, helpless” Black people they think they are advocating for in their patronizing way.
And so it goes with my experience the other day at a clothing store.
I’ve been going to this clothing store, literally since I was a teen. I know the people who own it and work there very well, and they are very nice hard-working people who know fashion and sell great bargains. But they are also liberals. The store features many accessories, including jewelry. While I was browsing the store, one of the salespeople was showing a nearby customer a bracelet in a particular style, which features a chain or other attachment from the bracelet to the finger (or multiple fingers) or to a ring (or multiple rings) that goes on a finger (fingers). I own a few bracelets in that style, and am well aware that the style is known a “slave bracelet” (though I bought mine years ago, long before I knew of their Muslim origin and degradatory nature and symbolism).
When I heard the customer ask what the style is called and the saleswoman said she didn’t know, I responded, “it’s called a ‘slave bracelet.'” But since the salesperson showing the bracelet was Black, all of the White people in the store were aghast that I said this. You could see it on their faces (their disturbed looks directed at me), and I heard it in at least one of their gasps. The Black salesperson was not offended. But all of the White people around us were. Apparently, you can no longer use the word “slave” in front of a Black person (who was never a slave, herself, by the way), even though you are referring to the commonly known style of a bracelet.
Slave bracelets date back for centuries. Muslims forced women in their harems to wear them to signify their sex slave status, which is why the bracelets are sometimes also called, “harem bracelets.” They were used in the African slave trade by Muslim Arabs (and Africans) either as a medium of exchange for slaves or as a way of identifying slaves. But they were also worn (and still are) in both Asian Indian culture and “Native American” Indian culture (though I suspect that this is historically newer to American Indians who made them for tourists, after the bracelets became popular in 1920s American flapper culture). Some Asian Indian culture–such as the thug tribe and their status as thieves and murderers–originated in Islam, and it appears slave bracelets in Asian Indian culture may have come from Islam as well. Slave bracelets were also used (and still are) in belly dancing in the Middle East, another extension of Islamic harem culture.
So, while nobody really knows for certain the origin of the bracelets or how the name “slave bracelet” actually originated, it appears it came from the subjugation of women and Blacks by Muslims. Today, while they are often part of high fashion, they are also frequently a part of the bizarre clothing of sexual deviants in bondage fetishism.
In any event, this particular style of bracelet is what it is. And I am not required to mince words and call it something other than what it is. . . unless I abide by the rulings of the liberal though police and their ludicrous political correctness.
Um, no thanks.
The White women who gave me dirty looks are from wealthy mostly White neighborhoods. I grew up in and continue to live in a mostly Black neighborhood and apartment complex, and I went to a majority Black high school. I don’t need instructions in racism and speech from these self-appointed elitist arbiters of morality. I asked a couple of these women who gave me dirty looks if they were aware where slave bracelets came from and why they are called that. They didn’t know and they didn’t care. All they cared about was showing how “down with the struggle” they are and displaying their chic disdain for an “ignorant,” “insensitive” White chick (me) who used the word “slave” in front of a Black person. (And if I told them about the apparent Muslim origins of this particular piece of jewelry, I’m sure they would have labeled me twice the insensitive bigot they had already determined that I was.)
You really think Black people haven’t heard the word before? Are we supposed to ignore history and pretend this didn’t happen, by using a different name?
That’s what liberals do. I choose otherwise.
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