October 23, 2017

UCSB: How to Spot an Offensive Halloween Costume

Kristin TateRebel Buzz Contributor

And the latest in the ongoing "War on Halloween"...

The prestigious University of California at Santa Barbara is holding a "Social Justice Workshop" to teach students how to spot supposedly offensive Halloween costumes. A flyer for the event reads: 

Students will learn about various forms of cultural appropriation: from indigenous wear found in Halloween costumes and "race parties," to the appropriation of black music by white musicians in American music and the appropriation of local cuisines and fashions by international food and fashion conglomerates. 

As you learn how to spot appropriation with the help of the Bell Hooks essay, "Eating the Other," you are tasked with finding examples of cultural appropriation in your own lives. The workshop will be facilitated by David Romero, Mexican-American spoken word artist, poet, and activist. 

Sounds enlightening. 

UC Santa Barbara is hardly the only college taking such steps as Halloween approaches. Universities around the nation are using guidelines, workshops, threats of investigations, and even counseling to make the holiday more "inclusive." 

The University of St. Thomas in Minnesota put up fliers listing banned costumes, including Indian headdresses and Mexican sombreros. The University of Massachusetts at Amherst littered its campus with fliers that show a "Simple Costume Racism Evaluation and Assessment Meter." Tufts University told students that they will be investigated by campus police for insensitive costumes. 

The list goes on and on. 

And make no mistake--it's not just universities waging the War on Halloween. Last week we reported on an elementary school in Walpole, Massachusetts that cancelled Halloween altogether because it's apparently not inclusive enough. The school's principal replaced Halloween with "Black and Orange Spirit Day." 

Bottom line: Halloween is supposed to be fun. It's supposed to be one day where we can all poke fun at each other and pretend to be other people. And if social justice warriors don't like that, they can shut up and crawl into their safe spaces. 

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commented 2017-10-24 02:30:24 -0400
OK.. Once again, it’s now time for the “Stupidest/Silliest/Most Politically Correct University On The Block Award” for 2017… All nominees please form a line extending to the far left… Now, now, boys and girls; and like minded ilk, don’t be so eager to queue up…
commented 2017-10-24 01:51:44 -0400
Offensive costumes are the best ones.
commented 2017-10-24 01:43:30 -0400
If I can’t wear moccasins, you can’t drive that Dodge Hemi Truck.
commented 2017-10-23 22:23:25 -0400
I made this comment on one of David Menzies’ stories, before but I think it now applies to Halloween.
I’m going to dress like the topless feminist in the selfie with our Prime Minister at the pride parade.
An old, getting older by the day, Birthday Suit Costume.
Now that will be offensive!
commented 2017-10-23 19:51:04 -0400
Since many of the technological advancement come from white people, all of the other categories of people (not only race) must stop using them, right away. Don’t appropriate MY stuff.
Dumber than dumb.
commented 2017-10-23 19:50:12 -0400
Confuse the young mind and it will stay confused. This is Marxist manipulation, in preparation for the NWO.
commented 2017-10-23 17:52:00 -0400
… The Left has no conscience about their transparent hypocrisy.
… Why are Canadian aboriginals speaking English or French? Surely they should be speaking thousands of aboriginal languages and dialects. They should immediately abandon all western culture languages, refusing to speak another word.
… And, they should refuse to accept western culture currencies. Not another penny. They pay no tax, so no loss to us.
commented 2017-10-23 17:36:21 -0400
Taken to its “logical” conclusion then a lot of us are evidently in deep doo-doo owning the dogs that we do?… I mean, if you’re not a Scotsman then you better not own that loving pair of Cairn Terriers; and if you’re not of German descent then you are performing “cultural appropriation” owning that loyal German Shepherd?… Irish Wolfhound? Ditto… And right here in Canada that means nobody else but residents of The Rock can own a big and loving Newfoundlander?… Labrador Retriever?… And you better be from Mexico if you’ve got one of those fierce little Chihuahuas guarding your front door, eh?… What we really need is a “workshop” to explore which university in North America has earned the “Stupidest One On The Block Award” this year… So, so many contenders for that one…
commented 2017-10-23 17:16:50 -0400
Great post Stephen E!
commented 2017-10-23 16:54:41 -0400
This cultural appropriation is actually beyond insane. Can a Thai open a Chinese restaurant? Can a Brit open a pizzeria? Like, where is this going?
Good examples, Stephen E.
commented 2017-10-23 16:38:17 -0400
So Africa has appropriated the Western tradition of “electricity and electric lighting”, along with radio, television, telephone, clothing, flying, and most of all firearms. Same with the native North Americans.

Anyone other than a Euro-North American eating a hot dog is doing cultural cuisine appropriation. If you are not of European decent, why are you eating a hamburger. The potato is from Peru; anyone eating potato based food is a racist?

What ever happened to making this a smaller world by sharing cultures? Then came the SJW and Politically Correct fools who tell everyone how and what to think – but don’t ever consider doing that to them because that would mean you are a Nazi.

Don’t these people have more important things to do like check the lint in their belly button? Look longingly in the mirror? Live the life they expect everyone else to live but them?

When you look closely at them, you discover its “do as I say, not as I do”. You know, showing up at a “save the world” demonstration wearing leather shoes, nylon windbreaker, GMO grown cotton jeans, iPhone in hand, a plastic sign with spray painted text, and a parking stub in their pocket for the lot where they parked their car.

Why not gather them up, and send them to North Korea as peace negotiators. Kim would be begging us to accept his surrender so long as they stay there and he gets locked up here.

And we wonder where Baby Doc Trudeau gets his (crazy) ideas…
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