At the University of Windsor, a group of students launched a poster campaign asking the public to ditch the offensive costumes this Halloween that are supposed to represent a foreign culture.
Among the young people who took part in this campaign, we find Aicha Hassani, who is furious to see students wearing a traditional Moroccan outfit, like the Caftan, at a disguised party.
While Aicha says she would have loved to celebrate the culinary heritage and traditions of Morocco, she does not see why a Caftan aligns with a disguise of Shrek. Hassani said she wants people to understand that the traditional dress she’s wearing isn’t appropriate for someone to wear as a Halloween costume.
“The dress, when you wear it – you’re putting it next to a Shrek dress,” said Hassani relayed by the Canadian channel CBC news. “This is not like a Shrek dress.”
Other students testified, like Destiney Soney, who has watched people walk around on Halloween dressed as a stereotype of her Indigenous heritage. “It’s really disheartening to see it,” said Soney, “We’re not a costume, we’re a people, we’re a race, We’re more than just a joke you can play once a year.”
This is not a first in a North American university. In 2011, students from Ohio University had launched a similar campaign to denounce the costumes considered racist, as reported by American HuffPost.