Happy Halloween from some Care Bears (and Innovation Academy teachers)!
I can’t take credit for coming up with the idea for this year’s costume theme on the Community Membership team, but I would like to take this opportunity to remind you to be thoughtful as you venture out trick or treating. In honor of the Care Bears, here’s a reminder that being CAREFUL of safety is important, but it’s equally important to be CARING.
All costumes are meant to be fun, but some end up being hurtful. Sometimes costumes make fun of other cultures and can actually make people feel really bad. Students at Ohio University came up with a powerful poster campaign to spread their anti-racism message. Check out their powerful message, and think of these as reminders to be thoughtful. They’re not meant to take away any fun from the holiday, but hopefully they make you think about what messages your costumes can give to others.
What do these costumes have in common? They all show a stereotype of a culture that is common in another country but is a minority in the United States. They can all be very painful for people from those groups. Sadly, the person wearing the costume might not have any idea of how it could be perceived by others. So, if you see someone with a costume that makes fun of another culture, use it as an opportunity for conversation and reflection. The first step towards change is caring. Now’s that’s a great theme for Halloween.
(By the way, the idea for the Care Bears theme came from the teacher who also embroidered this heart onto her costume today. Can’t you tell that each stitch was sewed with love?)