Today when we broke up into group to talk about solidarity, one thing my group talked about was Halloween and the idea of cultural appropriation in costumes. It made me think about how it was exactly one year ago today that a huge controversy regarding this broke out within the 5C’s. Two blonde, white girls were dressed as stereotypical Mexicans and a photo of them quickly went viral causing outrage among students of color and eventually the resignation of Dean Spellman from CMC. In response to all of this, there was a large protest held in which hundreds of students marched in solidarity to support students of color (with students of color leading the march and anyone who didn’t identify as such but wanted to show support following in back). I think this event is a great example of solidarity and what it means to stand with people and support something that you believe needs to be fixed, whether it effects you directly or not. We can only hope that exactly one year later we won’t have to witness the same kind of cultural insensitivity again.

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3 responses »

  1. krystalyiranli says:

    Yes there was definitely a huge controversy last year but I am glad that we won’t have to witness the same issue again this year because of the efforts our students put in last year. It is also quite impressive seeing all these students and faculties from different racial and cultural background decided to protest against this issue together.

  2. Halloween is always a time that cultural aprpopratition finds a way to slither in and cause an uproar. I think being more mindful and aware of people around you will help ease the uproar. However, I feel sadly that when this “holiday” comes around, year after year, there seems to always be some sort of cultural appropriation scandal.

  3. maddiemcc19 says:

    As someone in the Purchasing Privilege/ Cultural Misappropriation campaign group, I understand why corporations cultural appropriate – for profit – but our group wondered what intentions an individual has, like the young women who wore the offensive costume. I think beyond corporations and American culture in general making it something “okay” to wear something offensive, we need to know how individuals view their actions so we are more able to hold them (for them to hold themselves) accountable.

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