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.