Trick or Treaters are about to descend on the fruited plain dressed as superheroes and cartoon characters and monsters of all sorts.
And that has universities across the country in full crisis mode.
Institutions of higher learning are gearing up to provide counseling to students who might be triggered by an offensive halloween costume.
Some schools are posting guidelines about unacceptable costumes – like Mexican sombreros and Indian headdresses or any form of blackface – warning that students could be punished for politically incorrect costumes.
Back in 2016 a Notre Dame residence hall told students not to wear Disney-themed costumes like Aladdin and Pocahontas.
“Cultures are not costumes. It is wrong to make a caricature of, enforce stereotypes, or objectify a people. Disney’s Moana, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Mulan, The Three Caballeros, The Princess and the Frog, and a few other lesser characters have raised awareness to how easy it is to reinforce stereotypes through media,” one residence hall rector wrote in a memo obtained by The College Fix.
“More than ever, we need to be aware of how our behaviors and decisions impact other people. Our intentions may be innocent, but the impact could be devastating,” the rector wrote.
Heaven forbid someone offend a perpetually-offended tadpole by dressing up like a toad.
And the University of Florida announced around the clock counseling for anyone who might be triggered by a sombrero-wearing Robert E. Lee costume.
The other night I was watching a Halloween-themed baking competition on cable television and I noticed – one of the hosts – a person of color – was dressed in white face.
I wasn’t sure if i should be triggered or not.
Trick or treat, America.
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