10 Racist Costumes For Kids You Can Actually Buy In The Year 20-F**king-14
It’s finally October, which means we can soon look forward to seeing cute kids parading around in their costumes: little baby ghosts, kittens, favorite cartoon characters, and … gross racial stereotypes? Ew. It’s the year 2014, and you can still pop into most online and brick-and-mortar costume shops and outfit your kid in the most outdated mishmash of faux cultural tropes. I don’t care how much your kid loved the movie Pocahontas or how much anime they read, some things are just off limits – and these are ten of those things.
1. “Indian Princess”
Nothing says “I have a lot of respect for Native American culture” like a bit of fringe, knock-off Ugg boots, and an above-the-knee skirt. Also, the costume shop’s idea that there is a single, generic type of “Indian” whose tribe you can be member of is a nice touch.
2. “Indian Warrior”
This costume doesn’t come with shoes, as apparently the costume makers don’t think the original inhabitants of this continent were aware such things existed until Europeans arrived on the scene.
3. “Cherokee Warrior”
This costume at least acknowledges that “Indians” are not a monolithic group, but I’m pretty sure there’s not much authentically Cherokee about it. Extra demerits for including feathers (a religious symbol of some significance in some Native American cultures). People do understand that Native Americans are still around, right?
There are so many “Geisha girl” options for little kids that I had stop looking at costume pictures and lie on the floor for a while thinking about soft kitties and singing “Edelweiss” to myself. The colors and style of this look vaguely Chinese, which makes sense considering this costume was probably designed by somebody who isn’t aware that “Asia” is a continent and not a country.
5. “Little Amigo”
Being Hispanic is a culture, not a costume, and dressing your kid up like a living Speedy Gonzales cartoon is not cool.