Sumo suits, a common sight on school campuses, have been declared prohibited racist objects by the student government of Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. The student body declared the suits to be both racist and dehumanizing toward the Japanese.
The students found that turning an aspect of Japanese culture into a costume served to “devalue an ancient and respected Japanese sport, which is rich in history and cultural tradition.” The students also object that the costumes “fail to capture the deeply embedded histories of violent and subversive oppression that a group has faced.”
As a result, the Alma Mater Society cancelled a foodbank fundraiser scheduled for Tuesday, which was to feature two sumo suits.
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