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.
Today at school I got in trouble for speaking Spanish. There was 2 minutes until we were dismissed so I wasn’t disrupting anyone because they give us that time to just talk. My primetime (homeroom) teacher told me to not speak Spanish because he thought I was talking bad about him when in reality I was mentioning ideas for my quinceanera to my friend. My teacher and I had a good relationship before that, but I lost all respect for him. I got pissed and I showed it and he talked to me after class about how I’m not allowed to speak Spanish. He even made me talk to the school counselor. I am currently a student ambassador and he told me that if I didn’t start behaving I would lose my position. I started crying because I was just so damn frustrated. I have gall bladder issues so I’m not suppose to get mad like that. I felt like I was about to faint all because of a racist teacher. I told my mom EVERYTHING when I got home and now she’s going to talk to the principal. It’s amazing how far teachers can go to try to make us Hispanics feel like shit.
you know what, though?
I hope that teacher ends up w/99 problems & a job ain’t one.
See, this is the kind of shit that makes me want to leave school systems alone to rot.
Well, there were the Pekin Chinks, the Fighting Coons (I can’t find a web reference for them, but I remember a school having some variation of wetback as a mascot briefly), and all were retired eventually, but for some reason despite the NCAA & other organizations penalizing members for retaining racist mascots, the MLB, NHL, & other major leagues refuse to force their membership to rebrand. Oh wait, I know the reason. Racism.