Jarred Gordon, guest writer
The Noah’s Ark party that took place on April 10 is proof that the Warren Wilson community has not learned the hard lessons of the Thug Life party, and the responses to it, just a few weeks ago. In order to fully understand how incredulous this party was to certain members of the community, let’s take a journey of the audacity of the very proposal.
Many were shocked and vilified when they first saw the advertisement of this “Noah’s Ark party.” The advertisement features a beautiful painting of Noah, the biblical character, receiving a dove that has been on a search for land for many days. This has been defaced by a member of the community who will remain unmentioned. The perversion of sacred images is offensive to many groups that hold particular images in high esteem – and this is no exception. We need to remember that biblical characters are static representations of the sacred, not jumping-off points to get housed.
Another aspect to the party that many people did not agree with was the requirement that those who wished to attended had to dress as animals. This travesty of donning a farce, which harkens back to the Thug Life party and the drag show of a few months past, has done little in the way of facilitating differences, but has instead lead to misappropriation of culture. This blatant disregard for the feelings of the animals being mocked in this fashion shows that we are a long way off from truly understanding the underlying differences among not just us as a species, but all species in the circle of life.
Let us hold steadfast against the mocking of others which has plagued our campus this semester, and understand that there is more to a celebration than acting like something we are not, nor wish to be.
Or maybe I should just get over myself.