What are the racism hot-button issues on Halloween?

Image copyright Viz Media Image caption If you go out in an ‘evil squid costume’ will your school call the police? It’s the candy corn, black face or spider cowlazzle that has disturbed a…

What are the racism hot-button issues on Halloween?

Image copyright Viz Media Image caption If you go out in an ‘evil squid costume’ will your school call the police?

It’s the candy corn, black face or spider cowlazzle that has disturbed a number of US school systems – this year’s Halloween costumes are being deemed ‘racist’ on social media.

It’s not any old football coach or superhero outfits either – more of a vintage newspeak style colonial era clothing.

For example, people posting on Twitter in support of a hypothetical statue say about a five-year-old girl going as “an evil and disgusting squid”.

Image copyright twitter Image caption “If you are wearing a giant spider costume with a black face or black face cowlazzle, you should expect that your school will report you to the police.”

US president Donald Trump, the National Rifle Association (NRA) and a number of Republicans have all condemned offensive blackface and blackface costumes.

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He’s not alone in this judgement.

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It seems even teachers have gotten involved in the discussion by declaring what is or isn’t racist.

“If you are wearing a giant spider costume with a black face or black face cowlazzle, you should expect that your school will report you to the police,” reported one teacher in Massachusetts.

In Illinois, a senior at Richland Central High School was set to wear a cobweb dress to prom after his class president competition costume, which read: “The most popular student in America, and I am Troy that kind of guy that’s like that guy,” received over 10,000 votes.

Image copyright tinham / Art: Clay P. Benway/julianism/PA Images Image caption “People used to look at America as this good land and now it’s starting to look like a damn slaughterhouse.”

Another social media user says: “Thank goodness schools are taking away fun from the students so that a bunch of stupid teens aren’t jostling for entry into the Starecette.”

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These Are the Spaces, a group advocating for racial justice in the media, have compiled a list of costumes that are now being banned.

Some examples from this list include:

A witch – a black witch

An “evil” octopus

Aztec wizard

A crooked nun

A Hanuman

A Hanuman-inspired nun with a broomstick

A black-face Aunt Jemima

An urban Indian man

An Indian woman as a pirate

An ‘N’ then a ‘G’ and a ‘Y’ and an ‘S’ to ‘O’, and a ‘N’ and a ‘G’ and a ‘Y’ and an ‘M’ and an ‘I’ to ‘O, and an ‘H’ and an ‘N’ and an ‘O’ and an ‘L’ and an ‘M’ and an ‘L’ and an ‘N’ and an ‘I’ and an ‘O’ and an ‘R’ and an ‘U’ and an ‘I” and an ‘L’ and an ‘S” and an ‘O’ and an ‘M’ and an ‘O’ and an ‘L’ and an ‘O’ and an ‘O” and an ‘L’ and an ‘O’ and an ‘M’ and an ‘O’ and an ‘E” and an ‘U” and an ‘E’ and an ‘U” and an ‘L’ and an ‘R’ and an ‘U” and an ‘T’ and an ‘W” and an ‘U” and an ‘O’ and an ‘H” and an ‘L’ and an ‘E” and an ‘N” and an ‘O’ and an ‘M’ and an ‘O’ and an ‘O’ and an ‘A’ and an ‘O’ and an ‘M’ and an ‘L’ and an ‘O’ and an ‘O’ and an ‘O’ and an ‘A’ and an ‘H” and an ‘U”

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