College used to be the place where young adults were sent to mature. Now, the nannying university officials baby their college students so much they don’t even trust them to be able to get dressed for Halloween correctly.
The College Fix has some examples of what colleges are doing to make sure that Halloween is as unoffensive as possible:
“Unacceptable costumes” listed on a University of St. Thomas diversity flier are “wearing Native American headdresses, dressing up as a ‘Mexican’ by wearing a sombrero, dressing as a ‘geisha,’ any form of blackface.”
“Cultural appropriation is defined as ‘the act of taking intellectual and cultural expressions from a culture that is not your own, without showing that you understand or respect the culture,’” explains a University of St. Thomas diversity memo to students.
“This can be as simple as wearing a Dashiki without knowledge or respect to West African culture, and as serious as wearing a fake Native American headdress without any regard of its sacredness,” adds the memo. “It generally incorporates a history of prejudice and discrimination by perpetuating long-standing stereotypes.”
At UC Santa Barbara, a social justice workshop set for Tuesday will delve into how Halloween costumes abuse “indigenous wear” and teach students how to “spot appropriation with the help of bell hooks’ essay ‘Eating the Other.’”At a “Conversation Circle” at Princeton University this Sunday, students will “engage in a dialogue about the impact of cultural appropriation, Halloween, and why culture is not a costume.”
A guide put out by Northern Arizona University’s Housing and Residence Life warns against African-inspired get ups, a Pocahontas costume, Asian rice hats and more.
A workshop scheduled for Tuesday at the University of Southern Indiana will include a discussion of cultural appropriation in Halloween costumes and culminate with an opportunity for students to make their own costumes that
are “culturally appropriate,” according to an online event description.
I could go on, but it’s just so depressing. Kids, I’m here to tell you that there once was a day when you could get dressed up as anything you wanted and you weren’t afraid that you’d be charged with a hate crime. (Think I’m kidding? At Tuft’s, students were warned that cops will be called if the Halloween costumes go over the line, whatever weird line administrators have drawn.)
I’m not for going out there and offending everyone. But in a day where women are shamed for wearing hoop earrings because of “cultural appropriation,” all of this gets a little old. Parents, realize this is the mess you’re paying for these leftist fascists to teach your kids.
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