Happy culturally sensitive Halloween, students of America

Happy culturally sensitive Halloween, students of America

[Ed. – Yeah, encourage this. Great idea.]

[P]ublic and private universities across the country are doing their best to prevent students from wearing inappropriate or potentially offensive Halloween costumes.

The University of Michigan posted an October newsletter to its websitereminding students that Halloween is a time when “many make inappropriate decisions about how to dress for the holiday and wear costumes that would constitute cultural appropriation.”

The U-Michigan newsletter offered examples—“Inuit costumes, Geisha costumes, gangster costumes, Native American costumes, etc.”—which could “reinforce offensive stereotypes and humiliate the people you are attempting to represent.”

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Similarly, the University of Texas at Austin and the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota distributed fliers around campus illustrating the kinds of costumes that might be deemed offensive.

Awareness-raising efforts at other universities were made on a seemingly smaller scale. At Princeton University, for instance, the Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding hosted a seminar last week to “engage in a dialogue about the impact of cultural appropriation, Halloween, and why culture is not a costume.” (The university did not respond to Daily Beast requests for comment about the seminar.)

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