A campus police officer at the University of Nevada, Reno, dressed up as Colin Kaepernick for Halloween, sparking outrage and prompting an apology for what many perceived to be an entirely inappropriate and racist costume. People who choose to throw decency to the wind and dress up in controversial costumes: What is going through your mind? Do you think it's funny? Because it's not. It's beyond disrespectful. There are so many unoffensive things you could and should be for Halloween instead. Why not dress up as a non-racist? That's clearly a departure. Unfortunately, this police officer wasn't the only one who decided Kaep was an acceptable costume this year for Halloween.
Colin Kaepernick is engaged in a significant social protest to fight racial injustice and police brutality — he's not a joke and he's not doing it for attention. This is a public figure, a police officer, a member of the very group Kaepernick is protesting, who decided to mock a black man for fighting for his rights.
hey @unevadareno! one of your officers, Antonio Gutierrez, decided to go as a racist portrayal of #Kaep last night.… https://t.co/25P80xWF0L— 💫 mitch mcconnell hate account (@💫 mitch mcconnell hate account)1509299701.0
Reactions ranged from disbelief to pure anger.
@glaserface @unevadareno @uofnevadapolice Is this real? It can't be.— Diaz Dixon (@Diaz Dixon)1509315422.0
While the police officer's costume was clearly inappropriate and added to the emotional strain on campus, UNR would not name the officer and said no action will be taken.
@glaserface @unevadareno @uofnevadapolice The fact that everyone in these comments that’s saying it’s not offensive… https://t.co/NopHiAn8yJ— Erisie 🇿🇼 (@Erisie 🇿🇼)1509387358.0