American Thinker: With Halloween just around the corner, it’s a good time for parents, grandparents, and others who care about their kids – and adults, too – to have a look at cultural appropriation. Last year, USA Today asked, in a bold headline, America’s most burning and pertinent question: is it okay for a white kid to dress up as Moana for Halloween?
This issue first surfaced in 2015, when Yale warned students against costumes depicting people from other cultures. However, in multicultural America, it’s actually hard to dress up in ways that don’t reflect at least some small portion of our individual heritage. In my own “for example” case, and going back just one generation, I’m Italian, Irish, British, and even Canadian. Going back farther, we’d find German, Scottish, and who knows what else. I am adopted, so I can also lay claim to Eastern European Jewish, American Seminole, and God knows what else. In this, I’m not alone.
Yet, looking like a middle-aged white guy, I’m sure I’d spark outrage among the self-appointed defenders of cultural appropriation by dressing up as anything but an American of English descent. Jack the Ripper, anyone? Oh, wait – that might be offensive to British prostitutes. read more