|Costumes and Racism
||[Oct. 30th, 2014|06:50 pm]
The Question Club
So, there is a heated debate going on in my house right now. We all understand that dressing up in a costume that appropriates or caricaturizes a culture is racist.|
One of my daughter's classmates is dressing as an (ancient) Egyptian and one of my children considers that a racist costume, the same as dressing up like a First Nations person (another of my daughter's classmatess is showing up to school in an 'Indian' costume tomorrow!) My other child is saying no, it's the same as if you were wearing a Viking costume or Toga, or dressing up as a caveman.
Is it racist to dress up like a culture than no longer exists did? I'm mostly just happy my kids are thinking and talking about this, but... I admit I don't 100% know the answer to this one, either. What do you think?