Three scholar organizations hosted a cultural appropriation occasion at Gonzaga College known as “Brave Conversations: My Tradition is Not a Costume,” in an try to tell college students which Halloween costumes ought to be averted this October.
Halloween Costumes: ‘We wished individuals to study cultural appropriation and simply discuss it…’
The occasion on October 26 on the non-public college in Spokane, Washington, was placed on by the Gonzaga Asian American Scholar Union, Black Scholar Union, and La Raza Latina, the place attendees got a lecture over what Halloween costumes are culturally appropriated. Moreover, college students had been requested to finish an exercise the place they might determine for themselves which costumes are culturally appropriated.
It included a presentation concerning cultural appropriation, offering examples of appropriated costumes akin to Beyoncé carrying a doulì, Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” music video, the place Swift supposedly appropriated Beyoncé‘s Superbowl halftime present efficiency, and Washington Redskins followers dressing as Native People.
After the presentation, college students then had been put into teams and given conditions which they might determine if particular conditions contained cultural appropriation, akin to a non-African particular person shopping for a dashiki, an Asian man carrying dreadlocks, and non-Mexicans dressing up in a sombrero and different Mexican apparel for Cinco De Mayo.
President of La Raza Latina Daniel Rosales mentioned he thinks cultural appropriation occurs “when a dominant group takes one thing from a minority group…and simply doesn’t give the credit score or recognition to the group they’re taking it from,” in response to Campus Reform.
“We wished individuals to study cultural appropriation and simply discuss it with each other in all of its advanced varieties, and for individuals to type of come to their very own settlement when it comes to what’s cultural appropriation,” President of the Asian American Scholar Union Trang Tan mentioned in an announcement to Campus Reform.
“Since Halloween is arising…and folks could also be well-intentioned…however we simply need individuals to know that that is one thing that does occur, and we would like individuals to be told and discuss it,” she concluded.
(H/T: Campus Reform)