Halloween should be a time for a little mischievousness, a lot of candy, and major creativity. However, October 31 has become a day when people dress up in offensive, culturally insensitive costumes. Despite the rise in “My Culture Is Not a Costume” campaigns, we continue to see disfraces that make fun of and appropriate different cultures.
So as we gear up for Halloween, here are six costumes that need to die a slow, painful death.
Dressing up as an agent for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) – and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for that matter – is offensive to undocumented communities. Both of these agencies have preyed and dehumanized undocumented folks, and wearing a costume like this shows a disregard for the abuses perpetrated by these two agencies.
Día de Muertos – often incorrectly called Mexican Halloween – is a culturally significant holiday where people celebrate their late loved ones. You should definitely stay away from Día de Muertos costumes, especially if they are sexy.