Thu, October 26, 2006
Following up on my post earlier this week on Halloween costumes that may or may not offend, check out this post at the Anti-Racist Parent.
Some more food for thought. Maybe it’s not always a question of intent.
I am a young, white woman, and I am not yet a parent (although I hope to be within the next few years). So, my opinion is very, very, insignificant and, I suppose, very uninformed.
That being said, I found this:
On the one hand, we could throw up our hands and say, “C’mon, it’s just Halloween! Dressing up is supposed to be fun, that’s all!” On the other, we could look at this as a teachable moment for a lesson in critical media literacy.
…to be “adultizing” the world to an extreme degree.
In my opinion, Hallloween is not the prime opportunity for “critical media literacy”.
Let the kids emulate who they want. I don’t know many 8-yr-olds who are wearing the Bush masque with a sense of irony.
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