Be Mindful this Halloween
With Halloween fast approaching, the hunt for the wackiest and most creative costumes is on! If you’re ahead of the game and have already chosen your costume, maybe it would be worth considering if it could stigmatise or offend an entire community…
Dressing up as a stereotype of another race, ethnic group or religion is ignorant of the traditions and heritage behind cultural customs. There is an inherent difference in appreciating and understanding another culture (whilst valuing the significance it holds historically) as opposed to using someone’s identity as a costume intended to be ‘scary’ or ‘funny’. Even if your intention was not malicious, such costumes may cause offence.
The University of Nottingham is an accepting university that prides itself on the diversity of its students. UoNSU is a union of students of many faiths, cultures, beliefs and nationalities. Please be thoughtful and considerate of others and don’t to be offensive in your choice of costume.
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