If my father saw this (and he’s an American citizen), he would say, “Jackasses.”
No, I don’t celebrate Halloween anymore. (Here’s an interesting perspective I heard last year on keeping kosher and being shomer Halloween.) But ever since hearing that there is an “illegal alien” costume being sold at Target (it was since taken down) and Amazon.com, I’m having flashbacks to my last Halloween. (By the way, re: the illegal alien costume, um, illegal aliens DON’T have green cards, hence, being illegal. Duh.)
In college, I went trick-or-treating with my friend Lisa and a group of little neighborhood kids in and around Bensonhurst Brooklyn (a Russian-Chinese-Italian-everything-else neighborhood). I dressed up as Harry Potter (yeah, not your standard sexed-up Halloween character). I can’t remember what anyone else was dressed as. But I do remember that all of us had to run down a block to avoid getting egged by a group of white teenagers that yelled “Chink! Chink!” when they saw Lisa, who is Chinese, and the little kids we were with, also Chinese. I remember all of us crying.
Apparently, a lot of people like dressing up as “ethnic” characters on Halloween. (The radio show, Addicted to Race, talks about this in their latest podcast
.) Is that racist? Well, I can tell you that when I visited a white Jewish couple’s house and I heard they were dressing up as a “Chinese family”
(their words) for Purim
, I was pretty offended.
Check out: The Jewish Halloween (MyJewishLearning.com)