First of all, that is a much more precise explanation of your point. Explain how this could not be "rooted" in bigotry. It's a KKK costume. It you are suggesting that she may not be a bigot based simply on the costume....she would have to have been raised in a cave to not understand what that costume means and it is pretty easy to assume that the tradition that passed down that costumer also based down the beliefs that go along with it.How am I the one who is uncomfortable? All I'm saying is that it's a poor choice of costume, if the kid gets his ass kicked for his choice then it would be his own fault, and that (to the kid) the purpose of the costume is not necessarily rooted in bigotry.
You can not equate using the word boy to address a male child to a KKK costume. The costume has one meaning and one history the word boy has multiple applications and meanings so ...apples and rotten oranges my friend.You don't seem to have perspective in this, dear. You're wearing your blackness on your sleeve, and it compromises your objectivity. If you have a young son and I say, "He's a beautiful boy", am I racist? After all, I just called him "boy". Time to go Sharpton on me, right? No intent, no malicious purpose, but saying "boy" automatically files it under R for racism.
Racism is an attitude or an idea, one that manifests itself in actions, actions that are destructive and unjust. If you want to free the world, or at least make the effort, of racism or sexism or ageism or any other behavior (fed by attitudes and beliefs) that is ultimately hurtful to all of us then you speak up. I put thought into my position and accusing me of not doing so just because you can't see it or refuse to see it is a cheap shot. It's a ****ing KKK costume for christs sake.Racism isn't a thing. It's a belief. It's an attitude. It cannot be equated to a costume, or a burning cross, or a flag. By not doing that, you're making racism into nothing more evolved than a Pavlovian response