From the film, Dakota 38
North Dakota State University Native American Heritage Month events continue on Monday, 11/19 where we will be providing a FREE screening of the documentary, “Dakota 38”.
This event is open to the public, please come!! (11/19/12, 4:30-6:30pm, Memorial Union Century Theater on the NDSU campus)
Last night I received my first Twitter suspension and had some friends disagree on Facebook regarding the posts that led to the suspension.
All these posts were responses to Tweets that came up when I searched “Native American Costume” in Twitter… and was appalled.
The reason I commented enough to get reported and suspended is that is dressing up as a Native American or First Nations person for Halloween is inherently racist. It perpetuates stereotypes. It also trivializes and homogenizes various, cultures, tribes and the injustices they have suffered.
It is also socially acceptable and part of the cultural tolerance of racism towards Native Americans. The wider society approves of Native American costumes while costumes that depict other races are rather instantly condemned.