Halloween is just around the corner, which means it’s time for all the think pieces on culturally appropriate costumes for both kids and adults. Cosmopolitan, to which we always turn for moral clarity, is suggesting that white parents not let their little pale ones dress as the title character from Disney’s Moana — rather, they should see it as an opportunity to teach their children not to be racially insensitive.

The editors of Redbook write:

… you might be saying something like: “But, I dressed up as Jasmine as a child, and I’m not a racist!”, or, “It’s just a Halloween costume, please chill the f*ck out.” But one of the best things about time is that it moves forward. You should too. You can (and should) strive to be better than you were 10, 20, or 30 years ago. If you missed the mark when you were younger, maybe think about using this Halloween as an opportunity to teach your kids about the importance of cultural sensitivity. If your child’s dream costume feels questionable, don’t just throw up your hands and hand over your credit card. You’re the parent here, and the onus of what your child wears falls on you. If your kid wears a racist costume … you’re kind of wearing it too.

“A racist costume.”

But what if your son identifies as a Polynesian princess … that’s problematic.


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