Mega retailer Wal-Mart, along with Amazon and Rite Aid have pulled an Osama Bin Laden costume from their shelves and online store.
Representatives from the Sikh community were concerned that the outfit resembled the everyday appearance of many Sikhs. The long beard and turban are traditional dress shared by many cultures.
In a letter to Amazon, members from the Sikh community explained some of the negative ramifications of such costumes. Many people who lost friends and family during the 9/11 attacks could be upset by seeing Bin Laden reduced to cartoonish figure along the likes of others in popular culture. It also insults our troops who have spent many years in pursuit of this man and his operatives.
Many Muslims, as well as Sikhs and other people believed to be Arab, have been attacked by vigilante groups.
Recently a Sikh professor was assaulted which was one of many such Arab centric hate crimes throughout the decade,
Americans spend approximately $8 billion for Halloween. Most of the product is imported and sold in large online or brick and mortar retailers.
The costumes are made in factories in Bangladesh and other places that mimic slave labor. And Wal-Mart, together with other clothing establishments, refuses to demand minimum safety requirements.
Most of the plastic gewgaws ultimately are thrown away and sit in landfills.
Back to topic.
The first step is to make certain that groups are not insulated or endangered by garb the kids will be wearing October 31st.