Is your costume racist? You wear the costume for a night but others wear the stigma for life.
Ask yourself and your friends these questions: 1. Is my costume supposed to be funny? Is the humor based on making fun of real people, human traits, or cultures? 2. Does my costume represent a culture that is not my own? 3. Does my costume reduce cultural differences to jokes or stereotypes? 4. Does my costume packaging include the words “traditional,” “ethnic,” “colonial,” “cultural,” “authentic,” or “tribal?” 5. Does my costume perpetuate stereotypes, misinformation, or historical and cultural inaccuracies? 6. Would I be embarrassed or ashamed if someone from the group I’m portraying saw me wearing this?