Two of the most hateful Halloween costume ideas this year - White people mocking the shooting death of Trayvon Martin (in blackface) and dressing up like dead Asiana flight attendants. You deliberately chose to mock the tragic loss of life while simultaneously calling on the f'ed up history of blackface and yellowface?
Every year, people make bad decisions (racist, sexist, and classist) at Halloween. It's potentially easy to say these are isolated incidents, just stupid people making stupid choices. But they are actually not "isolated" or "outliers." They are indicative of a larger culture of systemic violence - physical, mental, and emotional - that continues to be perpetuated against marginalized populations every day. These incidents are the barometers of a culture in which rampant racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia guide decision-making and policy-making. Real impact on real people.