Annals Of Bad Ideas

It was planned a long time ago and it was supposed to be sarcastic anyway so it’s totally okay, you guys:

An event called “Caucasian Heritage Night” to be put on by a Utah minor league baseball team, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim-affiliated Orem Owlz, has been cancelled following severe social media backlash via #CaucasianHeritageNight, particularly in light of the recent admittedly racist shooting massacre in South Carolina.

The Orem Owlz baseball team in Utah scheduled Caucasian Heritage Night, or what some are calling a “white appreciation event,” long ago, before the racially-motivated South Carolina shootings, and that the Caucasian Heritage Night event was meant to be a “lighthearted” roast of Caucasian people, poking fun at white stereotypes, reports CNN,

But when the Orem Owlz put up a Caucasian Heritage Night post on Friday, promoting what they perceived to be an event mocking the behaviors and likes of white people, social media blew up, many, such as a woman calling herself Melanin Monroe, apparently offended and angered by the Caucasian Heritage Night event, thinking white people get enough attention as it is.

A “lighthearted” roast of Caucasian people? “Poking fun at white people?” How exactly does one do that, show up with a jar of mayonnaise? Caucasians don’t have a heritage. For that matter, why? Who says it’s okay to make fun of white people any more than it’s okay to make fun of any other ethnicity? Sorry, but that’s not okay!

Anyway, I’m calling bullshit. No matter how much you may claim your intentions were good, there are going to be people out there who will think you’re condoning white supremacy.



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3 responses to “Annals Of Bad Ideas

  1. Joseph Stans

    It is important to understand taht there a lot of groups, like the Mormons who take white very seriously. From their point of view if they were not white they would be nothing. the same can be said of the Confederates.

  2. Shutter

    In my lifetime, Utah has gone from a beautiful state populated by very straight uptight but fundamentally friendly people to a real clusterfuck of oddballs, nut cases, freaks and weirdos. And I say that as a 3rd gen Californian very familiar with our own oddballs.

    Of course I have yet to visit Florida…

    • CB

      Speaking as a ninth generation Georgian, born in the middle of the last century, Florida was pretty cool beans in my youth, a place to aspire to be. After I moved to New York State, and drove back and forth between NY and GA a few times, Florida became more like the bottom of a funnel — thinking in transportation terms, if you’re east of the Mississippi, pretty soon every major highway ends up in Florida or on the way there. The unfortunate after effect is that it’s become sort of like what you find in your sink strainer. The garbage dumps around West Palm Beach are like mountains. Way too many people.