October is coming to a end, which means falling temperatures, disappearing daylight, and preparing for everyone's favorite excuse to dress up: Halloween.
Of course, costume selection is crucial. Are you buying one at a store, or going the DIY route using what's already in your closet? Are you hitting a house party, or attending a warehouse jam? Are you coordinating with bae, or is this a last-ditch effort to snag a cuffing-season partner to prep for the next five months of winter and chill? (For inspiration, Beyoncé has already decided that she’s going as herself.)
Halloween is the most fun and freewheeling holiday of the year, but occasionally, some people take it too far by wearing costumes that perpetuate offensive and racist stereotypes.
In 2011, members of Ohio University’s Students Teaching About Racism in Society launched the “We’re a culture, not a costume” campaign to highlight the problem of reducing cultures to caricatures. Unlike Halloween-goers, people of color don't have the luxury of removing their ethnic identity (and the oppression that comes with it) after several hours.
You don’t have to be yourself on Halloween, but that doesn’t mean you get to be anybody.
To help you out, NTRSCTN has compiled the following list of racist costumes to avoid, so everyone can enjoy the holiday.