Anonymous asked realsocialskills:
I am thinking about next year’s Halloween costume already, because I just really love Halloween :D, but I am a little uncertain about something. One person I was thinking of dressing up as was Tiana, from the Disney movie “The Princess and the Frog.” She’s awesome, and probably my favorite Disney princess. But I am white, and not sure if it would be offensive for me to dress up as her? Not in blackface, I know that would be very offensive, but otherwise, like her dress & hairstyle & stuff?
I don’t know. But I do know some things:
- It’s vitally important not to do racist things
- It’s very easy for white people to do racist things without realizing or intending it
- That’s a line it’s really easy to cross if you’re using clothing or hairstyles associated with people of color as part of a costume.
- Racists target hairstyles as a way to dehumanize black women; imitiating hair styles of a character could easily end up inadvertently invoking a racist trope
- Even when you do it unintentionally, invoking racist tropes still hurts people
- If you have reason to suspect that something is racist, it’s almost always best to err on the side of not doing that thing
- Particularly when the thing you want to do is relatively unimportant
- In this case, dressing up as one character rather than another isn’t very important
- So I think you should probably not do it
But I also think many of y'all know much more about this than I do, particularly followers of color. Anyone else want to weigh in?