By Jamie Rae Parker, Coordinator of Harm Reduction Services (Beta Nu Chapter alumna)
When we think of theme parties or Halloween, we think about picking out the best costume, taking a cute picture and writing the perfect Instagram caption to complete the event. What we don’t always think about is how our costume choice may impact another person. Cultural appropriation is imitating something from a culture that is not one’s own. From our own perspectives, it may seem like no big deal, but to others, it can be hurtful and as though we are making fun of their lives, situation or culture. Rarely is a theme or costume selected out of hate for a group or person or with the intention of hurting a group or person. It does not matter the intention behind the theme or costume, however, but rather the impact it has on others.