Friday, April 14, 2006
racism, commercialization, Easter
The Babylon-ificaton of Easter and other Christian holidays continues.
The original full story, courtesy of AngryAsianMan:
Nothing celebrates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ like a buck-toothed, slant-eyed rabbit dressed in "Chinaman clothes" with a Japanese haiku about painted eggs, eh? That's right, here in America, the commercialized celebration of a religious holiday is carte blanche to make fun of two different Asian cultures, because hey, all those Godless yellow folks are the same!
Luckily, after several Asian American groups wrote to Target to express their displeasure, the cards were pulled. Still, how'd crap like that reach the shelves in the first place? You'd think after the Ambercrappy & (Pieceof)Fitch, companies would be smarter.
Despite the idiocy, I'm determined to meditate on the holiday. I hope everybody of the faith out there is able to do the same.
A familiar verse...
"He was despised and forsaken of men,
A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
And like one from whom men hide their face
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
Surely our griefs He Himself bore,
And our sorrows He carried;
Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten of God, and afflicted.
But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,
And by His scourging we are healed.
All of us like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way;
But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all
To fall on Him.
He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He did not open His mouth;
Like a lamb that is led to slaughter,
And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,
So He did not open His mouth.
By oppression and judgment He was taken away;
And as for His generation, who considered
That He was cut off out of the land of the living
For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due?"
we read that very passage tonight in isaiah to reflect upon the significance of today. i hope that it really spoke to you, like it did to me :)Post a Comment