Halloween is upon us again, and universities around the country are working overtime to make sure they protect their oppressed student populations from the real horrors of the holiday: Offensive costumes, cultural appropriation, and other dangerous microaggressions. At several colleges, students and administrators are passing out flyers, holding meetings, and even developing “workshops” so that people know what is and isn’t appropriate to wear on the scariest night of the year.
From Fox News:
“The scariest thing about your costume isn’t what you think,” according to a “Halloween and Cultural Appropriation Tabling” event at Goucher College in Maryland.
The University of St. Thomas in Minnesota put up “Costume or Culture Appropriation” fliers listing “unacceptable” costumes and clothing as including Native American headdresses, a Mexican sombrero, a geisha outfit or 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,’” the flier read.
Offensive costumes incorporate “a long history of prejudice, hate, discrimination, colonialism, and slavery” as well as turning “an important and/or sacred element into fashion.”
And just in case you don’t get easily offended by costumes, several universities are ready to help.
The University of California, Santa Barbara recently held a Social Justice Workshop to teach students how to spot Halloween costume abuse and appropriation.
Similarly, Washington State University’s Social Justice Peer Educators Group held an event entitled “We’re a Culture, Not a Costume” to teach people about “harmful” Halloween costumes, according to Acculturated.
The original article goes on to list example after example (after example) of colleges that believe they have to step in and save these overgrown children from sombreros, Trump costumes, and sugar skulls (oh my). But if you read too many, you just get depressed about the future, so we’ll stop right there.
It goes without saying that our universities have lost the thread. It used to be common to hear administrators in academia repeat the phrase: “It’s our job to teach student HOW to think, not WHAT to think.” But apparently, that maxim has fallen by the wayside. Today, they are all about teaching students what to think, and they are actually terrified to expose them to anything in any way that might challenge them to come out of the comfort zone.
If you’re not ready to see a fellow student dressed up as “The Wall” for Halloween, you’re not ready for your college diploma. As Sean Spicer might say: “Period.”