Cultural Appropriation on Halloween

Tori Foltz, Editor-in-Chief

As Halloween approaches this Monday, it is vital to consider whether your costume appropriates, mocks, or demeans another culture, race, religion, or physical and mental disability. Although you may not think your costume is offensive, it may be, even if that is not your intent.

“‘Dressing up’ as another culture is not only disrespectful and hurtful, it also fuels misrepresentation and harmful stereotypes,” CAPS states in an Instagram post on Oct. 26.

Examples of cultural appropriation can include hair, clothing, and impersonation. Dressing up in Native American attire, as well as blackface, are popular ideas of cultural appropriation.

Those who wish to have a cultural costume for Halloween should think twice about it. It is important people actually understand the culture and are not attempting to profit from it. By now, everyone has heard about cultural appropriation, so there really is no excuse.

I believe that social media plays a large role in aiding cultural appropriation. As we witness celebrities online that take part in appropriation, we know what not to do. However, this can fuel the need of wanting to “fit in” and try a new style.

There are many other ways to appreciate culture throughout the year. Rather than dressing up, people should respect and engage with communities instead, whether that be learning about their interests or needs as a community. Let’s be cognizant this year as we dress up for the holiday!