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.
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.