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What makes a Halloween costume offensive? In Baltimore, debate rages on

What makes a Halloween costume offensive? In Baltimore, debate rages on

For Shaunice White, it’s pretty clear. Unless you’re an American Indian, donning a headdress and war paint for Halloween is shameful. Unless you’re a Mexican, putting on a fake mustache and a sombrero is shameful. Unless you’re from Polynesia, dressing as a South Seas demigod, complete with darkened skin and tattoos, is shameful.

“It’s not a costume, it’s a culture,” said White, a junior and one of about a dozen students who gathered in a room at Notre Dame of Maryland University Wednesday afternoon to discuss what makes for an inappropriate Halloween costume. “You cannot take a culture, put it into a costume and walk around with it. That’s so disrespectful… If it’s not your...

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