Tis’ the season to be offended, and Christmas 2015 is bringing about much more of it than past years have ever shown. Some are upset by Reese’s Peanut Butter Christmas Tree shapes. Others are bothered by anything that Starbucks does. Now, there are some out there that have proven they would ban the song “White Christmas” due to claims that it’s racist.
MRC TV went out to a college campus last week to present a petition to students in the hopes that they would sign it. The petition, well, it urges them to ban something that some might consider racist and speaks out against the holidays of so many.
If the students signed the petition, they would be urging radio stations to stop playing Bing Crosby’s holiday classic song “White Christmas.” The reason for the ban is that the song can be considered racially insensitive due to the fact that it focuses on just “white” Christmases and not on the Christmases of all races.
The movement is called “Say No To ‘White Christmas'” and Dan Joseph presents the petition to students at an “unknown” university. Looking at the video description on YouTube though, it does clearly state that the school is George Mason University.
Joseph clearly explains the reasoning behind his petition and gives an explanation as to why “White Christmas” should be banned. Even when he’s not speaking directly to a person one-on-one, he is shouting out his purpose for being there and making a statement.
— National Review (@NRO) December 23, 2015
Joseph was doing this as an experiment and not as a way to really ban “White Christmas” from the radio. He simply wanted to see just how many people he could convince to sign a petition that is quite absurd, but also right in line with all those offended by different things this holiday season.
At times, some students laugh at the petition and end up just walking away without listening to what Joseph has to say. Others actually stand there and listen as he states that “White Christmas” gives forth the idea that “white is naturally good.”
Joseph even had a few catch-phrases to try and grab everyone’s attention.
“White supremacy is everywhere, even in your holiday songs.”
National Review is pointing out that a lot of people are failing to realize that the petition isn’t real and was just an experiment. Joseph was able to get signatures by convincing numerous students by using words such as “racially ambiguous” and “micro-aggression.”
Again, some students did laugh it off, but some listened to Joseph intently on what he had to say. As soon as he told one student that the song supported “white supremacy in the holiday season,” well, she couldn’t sign the petition fast enough.
— Christian Datoc (@TocRadio) December 22, 2015
For those that aren’t aware, the song “White Christmas” has nothing to do with race and everything to do with the weather. It’s all about the color of the land as snow falls all around, and all you have to do is listen to the lyrics to figure that out.
“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know…
Where the treetops glisten and children listen,
To hear sleigh bells in the snow.”
Nothing to do with race. Nothing to do with white supremacy. For those that believe so though, you’re not alone. Joseph said that his petition ended up getting 18 signatures in the course of an hour.
In a year when people are being offended left and right by different things during this Christmas season, the fact that some signed a petition to ban “White Christmas” because it is racist shouldn’t be surprising. Bing Crosby had no ill intent in mind, but there was bound to be some that thought he did.
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