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Oh Halloween.

The one day out of the year where adults and children can dress up to collect and feed on later processed sugar and chemicals. (All the Reese’s and pink Starbursts are mine by the way.) It’s where you get mad at the neighbor down the street for passing out apples and toothbrushes or you rush to grab your child’s bag to inspect every last candy to make sure nothing dangerous slipped in. Where you reminisce how you and your friends went directly to that rich neighborhood that pass out money instead of candy. It’s the one day of the year, where you are suppose to have fun whether spooky or goofy.

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Halloween is also when the high level of racist, offensive, and dumb as hell costumes come out in the daylight. Sure, the amount of offensive “costumes” happen throughout the year but halloween seems to dial all of that to a 11.

Here’s the thing:

  • You do not get a pass if your (insert fictional person of color friend here) says it is okay.
  • You do not get a pass if your (insert fictional LGBTQ friend here) says it is okay.
  • You do not get a pass if your (insert fictional disabled friend here) says it is okay.
  • You do not get a pass if your (insert fictional person of color LGBTQ disabled friend here) says it is okay.
  • You do not get a pass if your (insert any marginalize person here) says it is okay.

I want to say I am shocked that this still continues but I cannot afford to be ignorant like some people.

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You are not honoring some long lost Native heritage you wish you had. No, you are not “just loving” the culture or any other excuse you might come up with when confront with your costume. There are plenty of ideas that you could do without being offensive.

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Want to check if your costume is racist? Everyday Feminism has a checklist for you to read. Even our own Gawker took a stab at it once. For the clicking on links lazy, here’s a chart from CollegeHumor:

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All the pictures surrounding the flowchart are part of “We’re a Culture, Not a Costume” campaign. Racialicious and Bitch Magazine has some great rundowns of the campaign. The Root also has interviews with people associated with the campaign which I encourage everyone to check out.

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