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Dude, Stop Microaggressing My People The Plight of German Americans
The College Fix ^ | May 9, 2014 | Josh Hedtke

Posted on 05/20/2014 6:59:54 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

College campuses across the nation recently played host to “Cinco de Drinko”-styled parties celebrating the Mexican holiday “Cinco de Mayo,” which commemorates the Battle of Puebla.

Steadfast Mexican national-holiday-legitimacy defenders did their best to try to stymie the partygoers before they could ignorantly and shamelessly appropriate Mexican culture for their own tequila-drinking needs.

One particularly brave cautionary poster was posted outside of Haines Hall on the UCLA campus on Monday:

In the wake of these dark festivities, at which bumbling white people dared speak high school-level Spanish and wear certain types of hats, I would like to follow in this brave culture-defender’s footsteps and call attention to the plight of another oppressed group of people currently residing in America: German-Americans.

I am a cultural and ethnic mosaic: half German, a quarter Swedish, an eighth Swiss, and an eighth Norwegian. That makes me “Sub-Scandinavian Anglo-European Heterodox American/Questioning” (look it up, it’s one of the 51 ethnicities you can choose from on Facebook).

However, though I may practice certain Scandinavian cultural norms and I subscribe to the social constructs of the power structures of Switzerland, I identify predominantly as German-American.

You may be wondering what forms of oppression my people are subject to? Let me enlighten you—though you may have to think long and hard about where you have seen these types of oppression because they largely take the form of microaggressions and structural racial animus deeply ingrained in American society. You simply cannot understand this sort of oppression or even notice its existence unless you are a part of the oppressed people, therefore you’ll have to take my word for it that it exists, and that it hurts.

This whole Cinco de Drinko fiasco hit home for me because it reminded me of a particular German celebration that Americans blithely appropriate for their own drinking needs (beer in this case): Oktoberfest.

I have many friends that studied abroad in Europe over the past year, and their itineraries all contained one commonality: they all made sure to attend an Oktoberfest celebration in order to engage in massive beer consumption.

Here’s a picture of boorish Americans having fun at my culture’s expense:

The perpetuation of negative stereotypes we see here is rather astounding. Do Americans think we all have long blonde hair and blue eyes? Are these three really so bold as to caricature my people as being chronic suspender wearers? I bet they’re all speaking their filthy high school German, too.

Above all, the worst aspect of this is that these Americans perpetuate the negative stereotype that Germans get hammered and go nuts—notice the guy on the right crossing his eyes in blatant microaggression?

I’d be willing to wager my American comrades know nothing about the history behind Oktoberfest—that it is a celebration of the nuptials of King Ludwig I. They’re simply having too much ignorant fun.

My culture is not yours to appropriate.

Wait, now that I think about it, I’m actually not even sure what “appropriating a culture” means… well, anyway, at least I know that my ability to live my life the way I wish is severely diminished when I see my friends getting bashed whilst donning German garb and blonde wigs. Or is it? Nevermind, lost my train of thought…

Though cultural appropriation is despicable, microaggression is even worse.

During my sophomore year, in the last session of my molecular biology course, my instructor was showing us a slideshow of careers we could have with a molecular biology degree when a slide of two older, white men doing science came up on the screen. The instructor proceeded to say: “We have too many old, white men in lab coats, I am hoping all of you will help change that as you become scientists.”

Wait, was that a microaggression or macroaggression against me? Let me check my critical race theory textbook real quick.

People sometimes tell me: you’re being too sensitive. So what if your friends are having fun with a German holiday? Have fun with them, laugh with them, and make fun of your own culture a little bit with them too! It’ll be fun—a little self-deprecation never hurt anybody!

They just don’t understand. My Germanness is what defines me more than anything else. Not the values I might share with my non-German American friends, nor the goals, nor the sense of humor I might share. I am German and they are not. I take pride in being German first, American second.

As for the molecular biology course incident, I’ll turn the humor off for a second.

That actually happened, and the quote relays what the instructor, whom I won’t name, said nearly verbatim.

How did I respond to this clearly racist professor’s stupid remarks? I laughed out loud, promptly decided she was an idiot, and simply decided not to take another class from her.


TOPICS: Education; History; Humor; Society
KEYWORDS: college; germany; humor; politicalcorrectness

1 posted on 05/20/2014 6:59:54 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Finally a grievance for me.


2 posted on 05/20/2014 7:02:53 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: All

you mean like on “the big bang theory”, when that Texan and intolerant Christian, Sheldon says, “i have always found the germans a comforting people”.

(if parsons had an ounce of integrity he would throw his paycheck in chuck lores face and tell him to do his own dirty work)

or, when, at the height of the eu crisis, when Germany was balking at a bailout, on cnbc, becky quick says, “Germany is trying to do what they couldn’t in two world wars”.


3 posted on 05/20/2014 7:10:45 PM PDT by willywill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

German culture rocks.

4 posted on 05/20/2014 7:11:21 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Being part Irish, or so I’m told, this story was painful just to read. I don’t think I have to tell you what holiday comes to mind for me. (Here’s a hint; I think it’s in March but I can’t really remember most years, so maybe early April) Anyway, if anybody wants to fight about it let know.


5 posted on 05/20/2014 7:12:00 PM PDT by Old North State
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

As an Irish-American, I get disgusted when St. Patrick’s Day is abused by obnoxious-looking “leprechauns” and people hawking green beer on the radio with fake Irish accents. It’s pure racism I tell you! Insensitive and there should be a trigger-alert so people like me don’t get offended.


6 posted on 05/20/2014 7:17:25 PM PDT by kaehurowing (FIGHT BULLYING, UNINSTALL FIREFOX)
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To: Old North State
Anyway, if anybody wants to fight about it let know.

I have an ethnicity offset by virtue of living in the Irish Hills of Michigan.
7 posted on 05/20/2014 7:19:45 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek

Don’t mention the war.


8 posted on 05/20/2014 7:22:39 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

VAT VAW????

I KNOW NOTHINK ABOUT VAR!!!!


9 posted on 05/20/2014 7:25:24 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

1/4 German, 1/4 Swiss, 1/2 Czech.


10 posted on 05/20/2014 7:27:41 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: headstamp 2

German and Austrian here.


11 posted on 05/20/2014 7:32:47 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You get the double whammy. (grin)


12 posted on 05/20/2014 7:35:17 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Their Kulturkampf is the reason my ancestors came to this country from Silesia.


13 posted on 05/20/2014 7:37:16 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

1/4 German (Lower Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt)
1/4 Austrian (Tyrol)
1/2 Bohemian (South Bohemia).

Descended from six generations of brewmeisters, too.


14 posted on 05/20/2014 8:11:09 PM PDT by BlessedBeGod (Democrats are Cruz'n for a Bruisin' in 2016.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Half German, half Dutch.


15 posted on 05/20/2014 8:14:51 PM PDT by djf (OK. Well, now, lemme try to make this clear: If you LIKE your lasagna, you can KEEP your lasagna!)
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To: BlessedBeGod

I was TDY (temporary duty) in Paderborn, Germany in 1981 while stationed at the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood. Dozens of Germans came up to me speaking German as if they thought I was a native. I started to think “this is probably the area of Germany that I’m from” after several weeks of this. I was NOT dressed in lederhosen.


16 posted on 05/20/2014 8:19:10 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: kaehurowing

Just to spare you pain and anguish, I’m providing you with a Trigger Alert...St Patrick’s Day is only 10 months away. Get yourself prepared.


17 posted on 05/20/2014 8:48:52 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; headstamp 2

Half-German and Half-Canadian here. I think. Dad always joked about Mom being a Blackfoot. At least I think he was joking. And Great-Great-Opa emigrated from SE Holland to Cologne sometime in the mid 1800s before winding up in the eastern outpost of Danzig where there was a lot of mingling with Poles. Frankly, I’m not too sure. But I was born in the USA, so that...makes me anything but American. Right?


18 posted on 05/20/2014 8:52:24 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Vince Ferrer

Yup. The three “B”s.

Blondes
Boobs
Beer

What’s not to like?

(All you non German-Americans need to back off)


19 posted on 05/20/2014 9:08:44 PM PDT by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

German/English/Scot-Irish/Cherokee

A ruthless drinker who can’t hold his likker and a little slow to pay for a round.


20 posted on 05/20/2014 9:48:02 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I was stationed in Germany in 1982 and was driving on a back road near Hanau & pulled into a village where the road did not pass through like most. As I stopped to turn the car around in the town square I noticed there were about fifteen women there, staring at my Japanese car with U.S. plates & my Korean girlfriend riding with me.

Every last one of those women looked like my German grandmother from photos when she was young. They wore dirndls like from the 1930’s. It was eerie.

German-Slovenian-Scottish here. Unaware of any joke combinations.


21 posted on 05/21/2014 3:52:18 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

100% German here. Proud of my heritage but I always consider myself American with German blood.
Gott Mitt Uns.


22 posted on 05/21/2014 5:23:25 AM PDT by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is brilliant!


23 posted on 05/21/2014 6:00:54 AM PDT by Constitution Day (Equipped with a drawn reciprocating dingle arm to reduce sinusoidal depleneration)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Finally! A day for us poor oppressed Kraut desecendents.

Even though the fam came from Hanover in the 1860s, we’ve lost a lot of connection ...Family legend is that they packed up the kids, telling teh boys “You shall not serve the Kaiser.”

At least I thought we had lost touch with our German roots until I started dating and my mom would ask the guy’s last name and then follow up with ... “Is that a German name?”


24 posted on 05/21/2014 7:18:09 PM PDT by Cloverfarm
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