Trick, Treat...Or Social Justice?
|This is Halloween, this is Halloween! Social Justice in the dead of night!|
Say you're a humble little social justice warrior. It's the Friday night before Halloween, and you ain't got shit to do. What's a perfect way to pass your time? Well, there's a lot of people out there who are going to use Halloween as an opportunity to wear costumes that you deem offensive. Someone has be the hero. Someone has to stop these monsters. But how to do it? Fear not you white knights, Katie Dupere over at Mashable has got you covered:
Offensive costumes are somewhat commonplace in our society, and as a result, we just don't talk about them. That silence leads to a lack of awareness, and often allows cultural appropriation to continue.
"People are ignorant," Dr. Susana Morris, professor at Auburn University and cofounder of the Crunk Feminist Collective, tells Mashable. "And I mean ignorant in the truest sense of the word. They just don't know stuff. But that doesn't excuse it."
Seeing an offensive costume can leave you feeling inspired to speak up. But before you do, there's a lot to think about.
Here are six things to consider when confronting people who choose offensive costumes.The six point list is basically a play-by-play for those who are one offense away from a lights-out heart attack. It includes such gems as helping your friends " think critically about their potential costume choices and encourage them to find other options," and asking them (as well as others) what they were thinking when they picked out their costume. What if your friends don't want to be preached to and simply want to enjoy the holiday? Feel free to dump their sorry, unenlightened asses. All in the name of fighting cultural appropriation and "helping" people make the right choices of course.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't there better uses of a person's time than policing the Halloween costume another person wears? I'm sure if we put our collective minds to it we could figure out some issues that are more important. Black on black crime, the current gulf between police and the public, income inequality, the list goes on. I know, I know, little drops and all that. Even still, who the hell cares what someone wears on Halloween?
But hey, what do I know? I'm not the crusading Social Justice Warrior fighting against the injustices of what some bro decides to wear while doing keg stands.