Halloween is coming up and to many of us that means free candy, parties, dressing up and just a whole bunch of fun in general.
But for others it’s seeing what embodies your culture being turned into a tacky costume for one night as people parade around in store bought costumes of Native Americans, Mexicans, Japanese, Chinese and the list goes on.
PulleyWrites at diamondfordumps has written a post about her thoughts as she contemplates dressing up as Pocahontas this year for Halloween. A train of thoughts that soon delves into what it means to respect a culture. How a moment of fun for this Halloween overlooks decades of culture that people have fought to preserve.
Here I am thinking about how awesome it would be for me to dress up as Pocahontas and bite the culture that others are trying to preserve and honor.
Realising the errors of her ways, she ultimately sums up the thought process of what many think about Halloween costumes from the other side quite easily. That many people do in fact understand that what they are doing maybe wrong but ultimately for a moment of fun, they just don’t care.
I think all the time about the people who understand these things but just don’t care. They know better and yet, they still don’t care.
Instead we all encourage you to find something better to go as this Halloween (we reckon you’ll probably look better too). Stop cultural appropriation with a bit of education and with you!
Read more about PulleyWrites article “I Smell Halloween…and Cultural Appropriation”
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