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Choosing a Halloween costume?

Canada isn’t immune from hate. Hatred and attacks towards minorities are on the rise. It’s spreading and we need to remain vigilant.

Please understand there is a line between appreciation and appropriation. Also understand that an Halloween costume is not showing appreciation.

Each year, inappropriate costumes are worn by many people during Halloween. It is more than important not to disguise in a disrespectful, offensive, oppressive, racist, sexist and trans-phobic way, among others. Being offensive towards minorities isn’t edgy. It’s just ignorant and cruel.

It is important to always make sure that your costume is not based on denigration, ridicule their identity, gender, sexual orientation, origin, culture, race, physical or mental condition.

I can’t believe I even need to say this in 2018 but here we go: Don’t wear Blackface.

It’s also important to understand that other cultures are not a prop, costume or your ticket to prove that you are cultured.

Different cultures, religions and race aren’t disguises.

Dressing up with symbols, outfits or accessories from other cultures is racist. It is a lack of respect and absolute consideration for the history and experience of those people who are victims of systemic oppression.  Racialized people are victims of racist crimes, injustices, disrespect, verbal and physical attacks, assaults and horrific everyday situations because of their culture, race, origins, skin color. Caucasian people are not victims of these situations, regardless of whether they wear these symbols and clothes or not. So always make sure your disguises do not concern the culture, religions, origins and race of others.

Please, show respect, openness and empathy to all people and do not choose costumes that are problematic. With the astronomical amount and the infinite choice of appropriate disguises that exist, there is no reason to wear an inappropriate costume.

“You know, the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common, they don’t alter their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views.” – Doctor Who

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