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Student Dresses as Thief For Culture Day Since ‘White People Steal Everyone’s Culture’

A white high school student decided to dress as a thief for Culture Day as a nod to cultural appropriation.

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Josh Welch, a senior at Springbrook High School, shared an image of his costume on Twitter Oct. 4. “Dressed like a thief for culture day because white people steal everyone else’s culture,” he wrote in the caption.

Since Welch posted the image, users have liked it nearly 70,000 times and it’s garnered close to 39,000 retweets. The 17-year-old from Silver Spring, Maryland told BuzzFeed News he came up with the idea after perusing the internet “trying to find an aspect of white culture to poke fun at for culture day.”

Describing himself as a “huge advocate for social justice,” the teen told The Huffington Post he wanted to make a “bold statement.” So I decided to use humor to get my point across, but I never imagined it could be this ubiquitous.” Many people found the take hilarious. Brooke said called Welch “one of a kind.”

Regarding the unfavorable reactions, the teen admitted to BuzzFeed some called him racist but mostly earned positive feedback. “Being at a predominantly liberal school, everyone thought it was hilarious,” Welch told HuffPo. However, he did fight back against criticism on Twitter. Welch said the people calling him racist are “ignorant.”

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