The left-wing effort to present certain Halloween costumes as not okay is a superficial and highly ineffective way of tackling racism, suggests Jeremy Hunt of Fox News. Holding the past above the heads of white Americans indefinitely, as a reason for shame, will only make things worse. The country will continue to have difficulty in building a better, more inclusive future if we don’t leave history behind. Additionally, there are far more pressing matters to address, such as the plight of underprivileged communities. Policing people’s well-intentioned Halloween costumes will not benefit America’s minorities.
The debate over Halloween costumes continues to rage because Americans continue to dress up in culturally insensitive and sometimes nakedly racist ways, holds Adam Harris of The Atlantic. Among many warnings and guidelines by universities, students are still seen dressed in Native American headdresses and blackface. These practices have dark pasts, the latter of which being particularly intertwined with strong racist ideals. While some complain about political correctness, it is necessary to show people that there are limits. In 2018, a man thought it was appropriate to dress himself as a Nazi soldier and his son as Adolf Hitler.