Halloween and Race

Halloween is often a time for parties and fun, but a perennial conversation around this time centers on cultural appropriation and racism. From outfits intended to evoke Native American stereotypes to blackface, the prominence of this matter is growing. A controversial costume worn by actress Julianne Hough, a pair of men dressed as George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin and other incidents went viral in 2013 and sparked few discussions. Dr. Robin Boylorn, assistant professor at the University of Alabama and member of the Crunk Feminist Collective, spoke October 31, 2013 on 90.1 KPFT on Halloween costumes and racism, white supremacy amid a post-racial narrative, how to address racist outfits worn by others and how to avoid doing it oneself, and much more.