A time for macabre decorations, apprehensively watching horror flicks with your hands covering your eyes, singing the creepy yet catchy tunes from Tim Burton’s movies, and indulging in overly-sweet treats (and drinks). Even a holy period to reflect on and commemorate the lives of Christian saints and, if you’re so inclined, the Reformation of Christendom. This season is also an unavoidable opportunity to dress, and even act, like another person, or animal, or monstrous creature.
But, in case you are a student and planning on having a lot of fun with choosing your costume, here is progressive academia to deny you your costume-donning liberty.
Valdosta State University has come to crash its students’ next Halloween party with the spiked, red Kool-Aid of Political Correctness to prevent indecent exposure to ‘Indians’, ‘Geishas’, and especially ‘Hillbillies’.
VSU, in an effort to combat racism, xenophobia, and classism recently emailed an edict to its student body warning that certain festive outfits deemed ‘offensive’ will be unwelcome on campus. Among these hated garbs are ‘ghetto’ and ‘hillbilly’ styled outfits, which according to the university, “remove opportunities to have meaningful conversations about the daily experiences of individuals who identify with those groups.” The reasoning behind Valdosta’s position against the freedom to dress, as reported by Campus Reform, is the university’s fear of “reinforcing prejudices … and classism.”
But will liberalism and PC-ism really scare racism, elitism, and sexism to death?
In response, Tracey Gregory, a concerned parent, voiced her opposition to VSU: “How in the world will these ‘poor little flowers’ ever be able to function once they get out into the real world? Can we please get over ‘being offended’? I thought a university was a place for open debate and expression.”
Couldn’t agree more, Tracey.
It seems that the modern, more accurately postmodern, university is too infatuated with policing students’ wardrobes to allow individual, creative expression, and is more interested in preventing hurt feelings than in promoting a free exchange of ideas through fun and festive fashion.
Anyway, Happy Hallow… er, All Saints… er, Reformation… Ack, you know what I mean.
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