It’s almost impossible to not offend someone at any given time in modern America. People have become overly sensitive and the rise of political correctness is even targeting holidays. Christmas is being watered down and actively purged from society. Christmas trees are being renamed holiday trees, despite the tree festivity being clearly associated with Christmas. “Merry Christmas” greetings are morphing into “Happy Holidays,” out of fear someone may be offended by a positive greeting that refers to a specific holiday.
Now it appears as though Halloween may be the next target for the PC police in our society.
Halloween is an interesting holiday to get outraged over, given the holiday itself glorifies dark themes. With zombies, ghosts, demons and witches being the norm, bloody and gory images are not out of the ordinary. Multiple images of murder, death, and other dark themes are the constant.
If anything, it’s amazing that it’s taken this long for the PC-obsessed to find something to complain about regarding this morbid holiday.
In Hanford, California, a home owner took down decorations that were seen as racially insensitive. The decorations in question were black bags designed to look like bodies hanging upside down. Death and the dead are not uncommon themes for Halloween, but even given these facts, community members found something to be outraged about.
The decorations were labeled as racist by members of the community and some calls to the NAACP were even made. The reason the decorations were viewed as racist was because of the color of the trash bags used. The trash bags were black, which apparently signifies black people.
Is this a legitimate concern?
It’s an absurd stretch. Do those who lynch others use matching trash bags? If someone is going to hang a white person, will they use only white or clear trash bags? Is the same for murdered black people and black trash bags?
It appears to be people being excessively sensitive about a holiday that has for years glorified dark themes and celebrated things that relate to death.
Popular slasher film villains such as Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger are indeed fictional, but mass murder is not unreal. The indiscriminate slaughter of human beings is a very real event in society. Should we start banning slasher films such as Friday the 13th or Nightmare on Elm Street because people’s feelings get hurt?
How much longer until Halloween itself receives the same purging treatment that Christmas has long received? Will we soon become afraid to openly celebrate Halloween?
The home owner told Fox 26 she didn’t intend to communicate any racist or racially insensitive messages.
It’s more likely that the homeowner in question simply wanted to get in the Halloween spirit. While there is constantly a question of taste regarding Halloween decorations, the nature of the holiday is undeniably dark and grotesque. The depiction of violence and murder is not out of the ordinary. There are many other legitimate things to be outraged out in relation to decorations that go too far.
Being triggered by trash bag colors is not one of them.