Cultural Appropriation & Halloween

halloween-bannerIt’s that time of year again where people dress up in scary costumes that they’ve either bought or made themselves. It’s the best time of year when all the leaves are changing on the trees and it’s starting to get colder and Starbucks has its famous pumpkin spiced latte. But for some people, this time of year can make them worried or anxious because certain people like to ruin things for others. What I’m talking about as I’m sure you can probably tell from the title is Halloween, the greatest holiday ever. (Yes, I realise this is subjective.) But some people feel the need to ruin the fun and creepiness of this holiday by either appropriating other people’s cultures or by just being plain old racists.

Let’s talk about the racists first, I honestly don’t understand why people think it’s perfectly acceptable to “dress up” as a black person or a person of colour for Halloween. I don’t understand their logic of having one day where they can put on black face and walk around as this weird stereotype of what it is to be a person of colour and not feel guilty or disgusted by themselves or their actions. Unless it can just simply be put down to them being racist all throughout the year, but then they have one opportunity, one day to transform into the assholes that they have always been…. I’m gonna go with that.

Next we have the people that think it’s acceptable to dress up as this caricature of real people and real cultures. These are the people that dress up in Native American headdresses and clothing, holding axes or a bow and arrow as a way of painting them as savages or aggressive people. The people that are dressing up like this for Halloween seem to think it’s perfectly okay and that there’s nothing wrong with taking someone else’s culture and twisting it and making it an exaggeration of what it actually is. Their culture isn’t your entertainment.

If you’re thinking about going to a Halloween party dressed up as someone from a different culture than your own, dressed in traditional or religious clothing that is personal to someone else’s culture that you have no part of. Then please pick a different costume. Because there are a million different things you could go as.

You could go as a vampire

adult-transylvania-vampire-costume

Or a werewolf

werewolf

Maybe a ghost

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Or a Witch

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Or you could come up with something completely original. Makeup is a magical thing, use it.

If you’re going to a Halloween party this year then please tell me what you’re going as in the comments below. Unless you’re an asshole, then please leave.

*side note* I’m going as a Witch and I’m super excited! *end side note*

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