Costumes that take the form of caricature and adopt aspects of someone’s cultural identity can be belittling. Insensitive. Obtuse. It’s a form of cultural appropriation.
Irene Ota, diversity coordinator in the College of Social Work, breaks down some of the issues around cultural appropriation and suggests ways we can celebrate Halloween respectfully.
Halloween is a fun time for people to explore their creativity and walk around in various costumes or as characters. But when does your costume shift from fun to disrespectful?