There are endless costume ideas to choose from, so why would you choose costumes that enforce racist stereotypes? (Part 1)
For example, instead of dressing up in costumes that enforce stereotypes, can be neo-colonialistic, and fetishize racial/ethnic groups, dress up as something not racist, like Yoshi, a lava lamp, the Black Angry Bird, or a steel blue crayon.
Dressing up as other ethnicities enforces harmful stereotypes. More so, sexualized racial costumes result in racial fetishization, which helps lead to higher rates of rape and human trafficking. Dressing up as other ethnicities is racist. Using the culture of others as a costume is racist. Let’s #endracistcostumes
So at my reservation’s annual Pow-wow, I saw this gorgeous dancer, and though she wasn’t dressed in her full regalia at the moment, she was still incredibly beautiful and I loved her outfit, so I tried to draw it from memory, based on the few seconds I actually saw her.