“culturally appropriated costumes can be disrespectful and harmful”
We go through this every year. Nothing terrifies a college more than politically incorrect Halloween costumes.
The College Fix reports:
That time of year: Here come the warnings about ‘proper’ Halloween attire
It’s getting orangey out there (no, not a reference to President Trump) what with the leaves falling and the abundance of pumpkins, and at your local university this means the enforcers of political correctness are out there to guard against “improper” Halloween costumes.
At Washington State University these enforcers come in the form of Social Justice Peer Educators, who are present to remind students “how culturally appropriated costumes can be disrespectful and harmful to marginalized groups.” Such appropriation is “usually done by the dominant members group […] and are taking elements from an oppressed or marginalized group,” says WSU Social Justice Peer Educator Jayda Moore.
According to The Daily Evergreen, at a meeting in which Moore and other SJPEs were in attendance, an audience member whined about once seeing a student with cornrows, and another garbed in a Fidel Castro outfit.
In addition, the article points out WSU had been embroiled in a cultural appropriation scandal four years ago when — gasp! — organizations like M.E.Ch.A. complained about the athletic department handing out Cougador masks.
Elsewhere up north, Ontario’s Viamonde School District has sent a checklist home to parents warning them about improper Halloween garb:
Does your child’s costume “represent a stereotype,” such as “terrorist” or “urban ghetto dweller?” Does it involve changing the colour of their skin? Does it allude to a culture that is not the child’s own, such as a kimono, a turban or a feather headdress? Does it “mock” transgender people? Is it based on “tragic or violent historical moments,” such as “slave” or “cowboy and Indian” role play?
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