[Ed. – What culture does Spongebob belong to?]
The University of Denver (UD), along with other schools, is once again hosting the “We’re a Culture, Not a Costume” campaign, which is aimed at decreasing cultural appropriation in Halloween costumes.
The UD Housing and Residential Education (HRE) department is promoting the campaign, which aims to address “the problematic practice of cultural appropriation surrounding Halloween costumes, practices, and celebrations.”
“Because HRE is committed to pursuing inclusive excellence and social justice through programming and dialogue, our department created the ‘We’re a Culture Not a Costume’ campaign in an effort to raise awareness about cultural appropriation during the Halloween season,” the website reads. “We know cultural appropriation occurs throughout the year and is embedded within our society; but by raising awareness now, it is our hope the community can use the tools and dialogue provided to better create a respectful and inclusive campus for all.”
The HRE launched the campaign at DU in 2015, however, it originated in 2011 at an Ohio University Club called “Students Teaching About Racism in Society” (STARS). The group created posters in an effort to “combat racial and ethnic stereotypes commonly depicted in Halloween costumes,” according to DU’s history of the campaign.