It was bound to happen… Now even rednecks are off-limits when it comes to political-correctness on campus.
And instead of Christmas, the Maoist wannabe’s who administrate our institutions of higher learning are starting early this year by ruining Halloween.
There are certain costumes you can wear and certain ones you can’t, based on what liberal’s think… I’m not kidding!
Valdosta State University has come up with a new category of costume for students to avoid this Halloween, warning against dressing up in “ghetto” and “hillbilly” guises.
Alongside the familiar admonitions against costumes that could in any way be considered racist, sexist, or xenophobic, Valdosta’s Housing and Residence Life department declared in a recent email to the student body—shared with Campus Reform by an exasperated recipient—that they should also avoid “reinforcing classism” with their choice of costume.
“Even if you do not celebrate Halloween, wearing costumes and dressing as someone different than oneself can be fun and playful,” the email begins. “Some costumes, however, can be more harmful than playful, and impact the community in negative ways.”
Costumes that “reinforce negative representations of cultures and groups … take power away from individuals who are a part of those groups by objectifying them, while also not honoring the diversity that exists in their communities,” Residence Life explains.
To assist students in identifying potentially problematic costumes, presumably so they can avoid wearing them, the email offers several examples of outfits that might be considered offensive.
Among the get-ups that Valdosta worries have the potential to reinforce racism, for instance, are “Indian” and “Geisha” costumes, “items that have specific cultural associations and significance (such as bindis and sombreros),” and of course anything involving “blackface, redface, or yellowface.”
Valdosta also wants students to avoid “reinforcing prejudices and fears,” and so cautions them against “wearing costumes that make light of domestic violence, sexual assault, sex work, or matters concerning the LGBTQ community” (out, presumably, would be any outfit advertised as “sexy” or “slutty”).
Finally, the email states that “dressing as ‘ghetto,’ ‘hillbilly,’ associated or similar groups, etc.” is likewise discouraged, because those ensembles might reinforce classism.
The email asserts that costumes such as the ones it lists “remove opportunities to have meaningful conversations about the daily experiences of individuals who identify with those groups.”
One parent, upon receiving a forwarded version of the email, was actually disgusted enough to email the school in response, a copy of which she shared with Campus Reform…
What’s next – can’t dress up as a Pilgrim on Thanksgiving?… Can’t wear a Batman mask because it’s offensive to bats?
I give up.. just cancel everything.
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