The MAGA (Make America Great Again) hat seems to have become a symbol of hate from certain quarters. It brings forth that primal, visceral, animalistic scream, the red cape baiting the bull. Wear this hat and you will be punched, spat upon, drowned in the beverage of your choice, hit with a broom and vilified in the media. Our civilized world has a thin veneer and how quickly it descends into chaos.
A television personality, Alyssa Milano, with 3.5 million followers on Twitter, tweeted
” The Red Hat is now the White Hood “. ( Meaning it equates with being a Klansman)
I looked her profile up on Twitter, and wonder of wonders, she has political aspirations, and this is how she makes her introductory statement. Is this the state of American politics or a narcistic cry from a celebrity craving attention.
A Hijab, a form of scarf, has become another controversial form of headwear. Western society proclaims that if women wear a Hijab, it’s because they are oppressed, downtrodden and virtual slaves . Although this may be true in some extreme Muslim countries, wearing a Hijab is a choice in Western societies and women should be allowed that choice. Look at the Hijab above and decide whether this is a veil of oppression.
The Hijab should not be confused with the Niqab, a veil that covers the face but leaves the area around the eyes clear, or the Burka which is a one piece veil that covers the face and body.
The Missionaries of Charity have been accused of unsanitary medical practices in their treatment of the poor…….. So there was this woman, who went into the streets of Calcutta and noticed people dying, lying neglected in the streets, while people passed by. So she took them in and recruited other women to take care of these unwanted souls. Ask yourself what kind of sanitary conditions they encountered lying unwanted in the gutters of Calcutta. Though to be fair, there has been no criticisms of the Missionaries of Charities headwear. Yet.
Headwear has been part of men and women’s attire down the ages and has represented both social position and fashion choices. In England, some years ago, the bowler hat represented the professional business class, the flat cloth hat represented the working class and the top hat represented wealth and royalty. I remember, in my younger days, that it was a requirement for Catholic women to cover their heads in church. Many just carried a handkerchief and placed it on their heads upon entering church. The Easter bonnet was a wonderful tradition for many years and made attending church at Easter a very colourful event.
People have become so quick to take offense and leap to judgement over such simple items as a hat or veil. Leave it be.