So, as most of you know, we’re now in the Halloween season. That lovely time of year which folks of all kinds can go to their local halloween costume store of choice and buy themselves their very own cultural stereotype in a bag… often made with poor stitching and flimsy fabric.
While a lot of folks have already begun complaining about said practice, I say that we also engage in another tactic.
We have already seen big name companies back down and stop selling culturally appropriate and culturally insensitive clothing and items when the public generates a campaign to get them remove them. Right now we have access to tons and tons of Halloween stores throughout the United States and Canada. In those stores, not only are there the terrible costumes of stereotypes of Native Americans, Hispanics, East Indian women, and orientalist asian costumes, there are also the names of the companies whom make them on the packaging itself.
It’s time that we collect those company names and start a campaign to get them to stop making and selling those costumes. We could also target the halloween franchises themselves to also stop selling and distributing the costumes.
While it won’t end the selling of the costumes for this halloween season, it could be a move that could end it for halloween seasons to come.