When I started wearing a dog leash, I was surprised.
I had never seen a dog’s headdress worn by a person before.
But in my small town, I’d heard about a few people wearing the headdress to hide the color of their skin.
They’re called “nazis.”
I knew the headdresses weren’t just for dogs, though.
People were also wearing them to hide their tattoos, which are considered offensive by some white supremacists and neo-Nazis.
“We have to keep our headdress on for everyone, because they see us as a group of white people,” said Susie Watson, a 30-year-old freelance writer in Virginia.
Watson had a conversation with a local man who wore a Nazi-style headdress.
Watson said the man had an argument with her because she wasn’t wearing a Nazi headdress, and that she said, “You have to wear it, because you’re a white woman.”
But the man seemed offended.
“You’re a faggot,” he said.
“I’m not a racist.”
He didn’t apologize.
I asked Watson why she didn’t say anything.
Watson laughed and said, It’s just like in our culture.
We’re just very sensitive to this.
But it was a reminder to me that it’s just not acceptable to say anything that might offend somebody.
For a person to be wearing a headdress in public is an act of racial appropriation, Watson said.
I saw the man, and I asked him why he wore a headdress.
He replied, “Because it’s the only way I can look good to the people around me.”
In a small town in rural West Virginia, where the weather is mild and people gather to eat, drinking, and play football, Watson’s story is an extreme example.
She grew up in a small rural community.
She says she’d grown up in the same house, and her family would often play games on their computers in the backyard, where Watson grew up.
She said she never had an issue with people wearing Nazi paraphernalia or wearing Nazi headdressing.
“That’s just the way I was raised, and it’s been ingrained in me for a long time,” Watson said, adding that she’d wear a Nazi hat in public and not in private.
I spoke to Watson at a bar.
She’s wearing a wig and a wig bandana, a Nazi cape, and a necklace with a Nazi symbol on it.
I ask her if she feels comfortable in her skin.
“Yes, because it’s my race, and my people,” Watson says.
Watson says she wore the Nazi headgear to hide her tattoos, but she wasn`t wearing a swastika.
“If it’s a swastikas on a dog, you can’t wear a swastike on a woman,” Watson explained.
She added, “It’s a bad idea, and if I didn’t have it, I wouldn’t wear it.”
She also said that she wouldn’t want to dress up in blackface or be seen as a member of the KKK.
“A lot of people want to wear the hoodie to hide it,” Watson continued.
“But if you can get a black face and have a Nazi logo on your forehead, you’re doing it.”
Watson said she was surprised that people would say anything about her wearing a white headdress that she might be racist.
She thinks it’s because of the culture in her community, and the fear that it would come to light.
“It was kind of like, ‘Oh, you don’t know what you’re talking about,'” Watson said of her community.
“They just assumed it was OK.”
A lot of white supremacists have come to Watson`s defense.
In a Facebook post from June of last year, James “Jamey” James, a white nationalist, wrote, “She is not a nazi.
She is a white lady.”
Watson also posted a response on Twitter.
“Some people are saying I wear a mask because I wear it to show support for the Ku Klux Klan,” Watson wrote.
“So, in the context of the Kuks, it is okay to wear a white mask to show your support.
But for the rest of the world, it would be bad.
It is a bad mask, not a Nazi mask.
In fact, it looks like a white face mask.”
Watson added that the KKK has a history of wearing masks.
“The KKK has been wearing masks since before it was called the KKK,” Watson added.
“Before that, the KKK had masks, too.”
Watson says that even though she was wearing a mask at the bar, the person who asked her if there were nazis wearing it was offended by it.
“He said, ‘You have a headpiece.
You’re not wearing a skullcap.
You look like a Nazi