Oklahoma University’s Panhellenic Association and Pi Beta Phi are apologizing for the actions of a sorority member who wore an Elizabeth Warren costume for Halloween.
Apparently, some people thought she was merely dressing as Pocahontas, the famous Native American.
Community members responded with backlash on social media when Reagan West, a Pi Beta Phi member, posted a picture of her costume on social media the day after Halloween.
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Nichole Krug, president of OU’s Panhellenic Association, released a statement on behalf of the organization apologizing for the incident and recognizing that the costume is “deeply disrespectful to the Native American community.”
“It is disappointing that a Panhellenic woman would choose to wear something that appropriates another culture after numerous educational opportunities offered by the Panhellenic leadership,” the statement said. “The apology in no way takes away the pain inflicted upon and still being felt by the Native community here at the university.”
OU Pi Beta Phi president Carly Norwood also released a statement calling West’s actions “cultural appropriation.”
“There is a difference between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation, and Pi Beta Phi has worked with its chapters on understanding the impact of their Halloween costume choices,” the statement said.
“The choice made by one University of Oklahoma Pi Beta Phi member to dress like Pocahontas is cultural appropriation and not an example of living Pi Beta Phi’s value of Honor and Respect.”
Heck, we think the girl was just being patriotic, dressing up as a Senator!