Diversity Office at Western Carolina University Reminds Students About Cultural Appropriation at Halloween
“My culture is not a costume… It’s more! Its my culture, my heritage, my identity, my religion”
Right on schedule. Higher education having a problem with Halloween is a tradition that goes back a decade or more.
Campus Reform reports:
With Halloween near, diversity office promotes ‘My Culture is Not a Costume’ messaging
Students at Western Carolina University were given a card Wednesday as part of an official school-sponsored campaign to end “cultural appropriation” on Halloween.
The “My Culture is Not a Costume CAMPAIGN,” co-sponsored by the North Carolina university’s Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity Programs, printed messages on the card including “think before you dress up” and “culture is not a costume.”
The card in its entirety states:
“My culture is not a costume… It’s more! Its my culture, my heritage, my identity, my religion,” and This is Halloween – Think before you dress up: At WCU we do not mimic culture, racial or ethnic groups. Trust me, it matters! Thank you for understanding.”
This campaign comes as a part of the university’s effort to run a series of events through the school’s Cherokee Center, Native Student Org, Cherokee Studies Program, in addition to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Programs.
These events include things like the “Cherokee Word for Queer Webinar” and the “Native American Heritage Festival.”
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