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Ireland Baldwin Defends Her Native American Halloween Costume

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In today's Tweet Beat, various Dancing with the Stars cast members mourn the ousting of Snooki, Ireland Baldwin says she deleted a picture of her Halloween costume "because it was insulting all the poor little white girls who need a racial cause to be apart [sic] of for attention" and Talib Kweli makes some articulate points about racial profiling.

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testingonetwothree
testingonetwothree

Please do not flame me, I am just curious about something. When I was a little kid, in the 80's, my girl scout troop (I was in girl scouts for MANY, embarrassingly many years) would do a cultural themed Halloween every year. Our troop would be assigned a country or a state or a culture and we'd dress up as people from that place. We were ancient Egyptians, hula girls from Hawaii, Mexican "senoritas" and Italians, during which, for some reason, we all dressed up as chefs and made pizza. I feel like if we had been assigned Native American culture we would have totally dressed up in Native American costumes too. Anyway, I feel like much of this was would certainly be considered offensive now, yes? Or would it not be?

What's weird is that dressing up like other cultures it was so normal at the time, apparently, it was handed down by our official overseeing council (whatever it was called.) The goal was for us, as little kids, to learn about other cultures and countries. We wouldn't just dress up, we'd read about whatever place/people we were assigned, give mini reports and make and eat some type of food from their culture. Anyway, I find whole period of my childhood interesting, considering the increasing sensitivity to dressing up as another culture. (Which I am okay with! I would never want to offend anyone or hurt anyone's feelings for the sake of a dumb costume.)

Oh and I should mention that, of course, there was NO black face or brown face or any altering of skin color for any of these costumes because, as good girl scouts we learned about history and why black face and all its variations are offensive.

Anyway, just curious about whether or not this type of thing, kids dressing up as people of other cultures in order to learn about them, would be offensive now!