This is a guest post by Sarah Strenio.
Anonymous asked: It’s 96ºF in NYC today, which means everyone’s throwing around the term “Indian Summer”. am I the only one who cringes a little when they hear it? Also, what comes next, White Man’s Autumn?
To be fair, every season belongs to the white man.
Having actively engaged friends on the internet, I got a comment on it, which read as follows:
Intolerable, racist, over-generalizing honkies! How dare they use terms that could offend only those looking to be offended!
Now, the person who responded is a friend of mine, and it’s hard to tell when one is joking on the internet. Which I typically respond to by assuming they are not joking, and instead taking them at their word. So what I’m hearing is: the idea that the phrase “Indian summer” could be racist is absurd, and only overly sensitive people who seek out ways to be offended would take offense at someone using it. That is the attitude I will be addressing.