|Note the English sign on the Easter-related figurines|
"Why all the Klan guys?," he asked.
NOT THAT THEY had anything to do with the Ku Klux Klan. But that moment several decades ago popped into my mind when I read reports about the aftermath of the Carnival parade that took place Sunday in the Dominican Republic's capital of Santo Domingo.
There were people in white hoods and robes partaking in the parade.
As it turns out, they were trying to look like the U.S. contribution to our planet's problems with racism and bigotry.
It seems the participants think they were mocking the Klan and the segment of U.S. society that would ever have been supportive of them.
WHICH, TO MY mindset, shows people who don't quite get what was going on here, just as there are people here who automatically saw those pointed white hoods and thought of the Triple-K context.
Officially, the Ministry of Culture in the Dominican Republic is defending the Carnival participants for expressing their views. How noble.
While others are ranting and raging about how something must have been lost in the translation.
Personally, I'm more than willing to buy into the image of Dominicans who didn't have a clue what it was they were expressing when they were putting on those hoods and robes -- which as far as I can tell from photographs published by El Caribe newspaper did not contain the blooddrop logo of the Klan.
IF THERE REALLY was some sort of racist connotation in the minds of the individuals who participated, it most likely would have been geared toward people from Haiti.
The Dominican Republic and Haiti share an island. But Dominicans seem to be determined to maintain a separation between the two nations. It is historical. And it is as nonsensical as any of the stupid actions that have occurred here in the name of maintaining a sense of racial purity.
Personally, I am more concerned who want to blow this issue into something more significant than it truly is. Already I'm reading assorted anonymous comments on various websites about this issue.
Such as the one from a person who says we should ignore anything concerning the Klan and focus on society's real problem -- Latino streetgangs.
SOMEBODY WANTS TO use the anonymous nature of the Internet as their hood to express their rants.
Just like the saying about how the real threat today are the racists who don't wear hoods, and try to pass themselves and their nonsensical thoughts as those of respectable people.