Universities Censor ‘Offensive’ Halloween Costumes
Published : October 24, 2017
Those paying closest attention to the bemoans are the college administrators who have been actively attempting to shut down free speech by starting campaigns to limit students’ selections of Halloween costumes.
Northern Arizona University’s Housing and Residence Life recently released the “We’re a Culture, Not a Costume” poster campaign directed at students being inclusive and respecting all identities.
Indiana University is being proactive to shut down free speech by hosting a practice Halloween. Students attending “Culture Not Costumes” were provided four handouts explaining culture appropriation. According to one handout, cultural appropriation is “the taking of intellectual property, knowledge, and cultural expressions from someone else’s culture without permission.” The students then practiced creating a costume out of pre-approved materials.
For those who did not attend the workshop, the University of Texas-Austin can provide assistance. In 2016, the university’s Sorority and Fraternity Life, part of the Office of the Dean of Students, released an extensive checklist to determine if a costume is culturally appropriate. Not surprisingly, the determination boils down to race, class, and gender. Students were encouraged to check with “experts,” not just about their costume for Halloween, but in regards to year-round potential cultural appropriation.
For UT, inappropriate costumes include cowboys, Indians, Hawaiian, tropical, gypsies, urban, trophy wives, rednecks, and “Around the World,” to name a few.
"Any time you paint or tint your skin in attempt to appear to be a different skin tone, race, or culture," you are deemed harmful, according to the checklist.
So what is acceptable, at least according to these universities?
Somehow comic book heroes and villains, sports teams, the alphabet, and Rubix cube made the short list of acceptable costumes at UT-Austin. Indiana University deems Nintendo’s Mario and Luigi as just fine, though that is clear appropriation to the stereotypes of Italian tradesmen, to say nothing of the Japanese company who created them.
And it is not just the college campuses indoctrinating the students to be politically correct; the youngest, most innocent children are being subjugated.
Boyden Elementary School in Walpole, Mass. announced last week the annual Halloween costume parade is canceled for not respecting “individual differences.” Principal Brendan Dearborn issued a letter to parents stating that "The costume parade is out of our ordinary routine and can be difficult for many students. Also, the parade is not inclusive of all the students and it is our goal each and every day to ensure all student's [sic] individual differences are respected." Instead, the school will celebrate “Black and Orange” spirit day.
If “out of the ordinary routine” includes being creative to develop a costume, then yes, he is correct. Expressing creativity is out of the ordinary in government schools, and therefore “not inclusive.”
For more cultural appropriation, see FreedomProject Media’s Liberal War on Yoga.