Universities to Students: No 'Offensive' Halloween Costumes

Beware the PC horrors of cowboy, Indian and geisha get-ups.

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  • Several universities across the country have taken action to warn students not to wear “offensive” costumes on Halloween. At the University of Colorado Boulder, Dean of Students Christian Gonzales urged students to “consider the impact your costume decision may have on others in the CU community.”  Among the costumes she deemed offensive are cowboys, Indians, geishas, “squaws” and those including sombreros or blackface. At the University of Minnesota, the Office of Student Affairs issued an email to students cautioning them against costumes that "inappropriately perpetuate racial, cultural and gender stereotypes."  The Multicultural Center at the University of Wisconsin Madison posted a blog, "Does this costume make me look racist?", which lists several categories of outfits to be avoided including “costumes that appropriate a culture,” those guilty of Romanticizing a culture” including “’poca-hottie,’ gypsy, belly dancer, and geisha” which “have ties to oppression, rape, and genocide” and those which stereotype cultures including “The Mariachi, the Kimono princess and the kung fu.”
  • Dan Kehan, a professor of psychology at Yale University, wrote a blog post on a site dedicated to the Cultural Cognition Project at Yale Law School noting that he was “embarrassed” to discover a positive correlation in research he was conducting between respondents who identified themselves as belonging to the Tea Party movement and “science comprehension”— a correlation that he found “surprising.”  Kehan went out of his way to note that “I don't know a single person who identifies with the Tea Party.”  Despite his findings, Kehan added “Of course, I still subscribe to my various political and moral assessments--all very negative-- of what I understand the ‘Tea Party movement’ to stand for. I just no longer assume that the people who happen to hold those values are less likely than people who share my political outlooks to have acquired the sorts of knowledge and dispositions that a decent science comprehension scale measures.”
  • University of Arizona associate professor Pat Willerton was caught on video telling his “Politics, Policy and Governing” class that viewers who watch Fox News are less informed than their counterparts who get their news from liberal media sources: “you look at MSNBC, ABC, CNN, all of these cases, the average viewer knows more than the person who doesn’t consult any source. When they survey people who watch Fox News regularly, they know less.”  Willerton exhorted his students to “look at the studies” by which he meant a much-derided 2010 survey by WorldPublicOpinion.org. Prof. Willerton neglected to mention any  criticism of this study or Fox New’s point-by-point refutation.  An Arizona administrator defended Willerton stating that “To all indications, he is conducting the class responsibly and within his authority and expertise.”

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