Another public university set to host 'I Am NOT a Costume' event

Eastern Carolina University (ECU), a public school, is set to host the “I Am NOT a Costume” event, which criticizes the use of Halloween costumes based on other cultures.

“Many Halloween Costumes portray different cultures wrongly, and offensively. Our Cultures are NOT a Costume. Learn more about the stereotypes that many minority groups deal with, and why we see cultural outfits as Halloween costumes offensive,” reads the event description on Facebook.

The four day-long event started on Monday with students heading to Wright Plaza between 11:00-2:00 to write down their feelings and opinions about the “I Am NOT a Costume” campaign.

Tonight at 6:30 p.m., students will view and and discuss a documentary that highlights the use of cultural outfits as Halloween costumes.

The event is sponsored by the Sigma Omicron Epsilon Sorority Inc. , Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority Inc., Epsilon Chi Nu Fraternity Inc., and the Black Student Union. 

ECU joins the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, who Campus Reform reported are also hosting the “I Am NOT a Costume” event.

These events coincide with the University of Colorado-Boulder decision to condemn the use of cowboy hats, sombreros, and sexually provocative costumes as offensive.

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