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TOPIC: Racists Ruin Halloween For Everyone

Racists Ruin Halloween For Everyone 30 Oct 2016 19:19 #10756

  • tiffany.g
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Halloween is here and that means costumes! This is always my favorite: when I can scroll on social media and see my “favs” in their creative and unique costumes of celebrities, cartoon characters, and even memes! Unfortunately that also means people dressing up in costumes that are racist, offensive, and appropriate cultures. It’s not even the 31st and I’ve come across people who did black/brown face when dressing up as a celebrity. Also, people who dressed up as Native American protesters. In 2016, yes we still need to continue to discuss why this is NOT okay.

Some of these people were actually called out and even expelled from their schools for their racist costumes, but that’s not enough. These types of costumes perpetuates so much hatred and violence that is hundreds of years old. These costumes that are being worn “as a joke” attempt to reinforce stereotypes that were used to oppress such groups of people. Also, it’s important to note that a people’s culture cannot be worn as a costume if that person doesn’t identify with that social group/culture. For example. It’s not okay to dress up as a “cute Indian girl” when in actuality, Native American women experience domestic violence at far higher rates than any other race.

I almost want to say everyone should have some basic knowledge on what is insensitive and racist, but I know that’s very unrealistic. That’s why I find it extremely necessary to call out anyone with offensive costumes this Halloween, especially if it’s someone you know. This can not only lower the amount of inappropriate costumes, but also increase the awareness on why it’s not okay in the first place. Although those offensive costumes will only be worn one day of the year, that person will forever hold those racist and oppressive ideas.
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Racists Ruin Halloween For Everyone 30 Oct 2016 19:38 #10759

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Hello Tiffany! I totally agree with everything you've said in your post! Every year I see so many cool and creative costumes on social media. But there are always those people that quickly change my mood because they think it's funny to wear black face, or wear costumes that are important symbols of other people's cultures. One costume the most is people wearing costumes of Native Americans, which is completely disrespectful. I also think it doesn't help that many sports teams use Native Americans as their mascots. People really need to understand that OTHER PEOPLE'S CULTURES ARE NOT COSTUMES.
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Racists Ruin Halloween For Everyone 30 Oct 2016 21:42 #10767

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I absolutely agree with your opinion on racial costumes.
My son wanted to be Finn from Star Wars and if you have seen the latest Star Wars movie, you know that Finn is African American. My son is not black but he doesn’t see color our family is very diverse and his “blackxican” cousins were actually with us when we went costume shopping and everyone thought it was a cool costume so we bought it. This whole week he and his friends kept sharing what they were dressing up as for Halloween. He came home every day of the week telling me that his friends kept telling him he could not be Finn because he was not Black and he asked if I could paint his face black. I obviously told him I couldn’t because it would not be appropriate. He finally decided that he did not want to be Finn and we had to go buy him another costume this weekend. He will now be a red power ranger because he felt “weird” dressing up as Finn after all of the comments that his friends made.
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Racists Ruin Halloween For Everyone 30 Oct 2016 23:19 #10783

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I completely agree. This is why media literacy and gender studies should be part of core curriculum. I truly believe education is the solution for ongoing problems with racial and gender discrimination. The average person never takes a women's studies course and genuinely does not understand why such costumes are offensive. People really expect their costumes to be received as funny or cute. In reality, the people who are being tokenized or appropriated are having to suppress their outrage or attempt to educate someone who is clearly ignorant. it has been well documented that social justice advocates and activists experience fatigue by having to constantly pick and choose battles. Halloween should be day off for these hardworking people, not another trying experience working to enlighten people who don't want to listen. It should not rest on the shoulders of the educated minority to risk their safety to educated others. We have public schools that can easily integrate curriculum that addresses the long history of racial discrimination and gendered oppression in America. It truly ruins halloween for people whose identity or culture are reduced to a halloween costume.
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Racists Ruin Halloween For Everyone 31 Oct 2016 16:35 #10786

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that is a good idea. i never thought of this since we did not celebrate halloween in eastern countries. because of racism, people are more embarrassed to show themselves. being called in different group is hurting for most people. she is just a cute girl, but why is she called a cute indian girl. that does not make any sense to me.
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Racists Ruin Halloween For Everyone 31 Oct 2016 22:24 #10787

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Hi Tiffany! I completely agree! I think that Halloween is meant to be a time where people have fun and dress up, but there is also a very important aspect of understanding what is and is not appropriate regarding costumes. @bibiana.v I actually completely disagree with your post. I think that if your son looks up to some star wars character it's really sad that his friends discouraged him of being that character. No, blackface is not okay, whatsoever. However, Finn is a character in a fictional movie. He is black, yes, but he is also a character that kids of all colors love. I think that through feeling like he can't dress up like Finn, it's almost widening the racial divide. He shouldn't do blackface for the obvious historical racist implications but he should feel safe dressing up as his favorite character!
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