Halloween Not an Excuse for Bigotry

October 19, 2009 by Jessica Acee · 6 Comments
Filed under: American Identity, Culture, Immigration 

As we gear up for Halloween festivities, I’d like to take a quick moment to reflect on three things Halloween means to me. Number one, it’s a fun way to escape the daily routine and be creative and silly. Number two, we live in a culture of fear and Halloween allows most of us to experience fear in relative safety. Last but not least, Halloween equals candy, and candy conjures up happy memories from my childhood.

While this short list might not ring true for everyone, most Americans have positive childhood memories of gorging themselves on sweets and trick or treating with friends (I once dressed up as a Reese’s peanut butter cup wrapper and was very pleased to rack up over 30 pieces of that same treat!)

And now, back to my point. Halloween is many things to many people, but Halloween is not an excuse to be racist, sexist, or homophobic. Unfortunately, the racists, bigots, and misogynists among us often feel it’s a free pass to act out opinions or beliefs in ways they normally wouldn’t. Read more