Say, are you a guilty white liberal who unquestionably absorbs preposterous racial media narratives? Well, then, Halloween must be a very stressful time for you! if the thought of offending some delicate flower somewhere makes you go fetal, Wesleyan University has created a guide to help you choose a Halloween outfit that won’t offend the increasingly large amount of people who eagerly wait to play the role of “victim.”
Wesleyan’s Office of Student Affairs has placed posters all around campus to inform students that it is their job as dutiful liberals-in-training to dress in a manner that won’t offend anyone.
The posters ask questions like “Is your costume offensive?” The poster also tells students that they should keep their friends in line by reminding, “Check yourself and your friends.”
The poster claims that students should refrain from any outfits that “[mocks] cultural or religious symbols such as dreadlocks, headdresses, afros, bindis, etc.”
The poster also reminds to be on the lookout for costumes that “attempt to represent an entire culture or ethnicity” and costumes that “trivialize human suffering, oppression, and marginalization such as portraying a person who is homeless, imprisoned, a person with disabilities, or a person with mental illness.”
Thank goodness! God forbid a white guy should dress as Bob Marley! The dreadlocks might welcome disciplinary action!
While the poster does not mention races by name, it’s a safe bet that mocking straight, white men is still acceptable.
In other words: if you’re going to go as a sports mascot, for example, don’t go as the Redskins mascot; that’s offensive.
Instead, go as Notre Dame’s Fighting Irishman. Because according to liberal standards, dressing-up as a stereotypical, drunken leprechaun is A-okay.
Or, if you prefer historical figures, going as a Confederate soldier would be highly offensive. But if you should feel the need to dress as Che Guevara, a mass murderer, that would be great and very enlightened of you, Comrade!
Instead of making sure everyone succumbs to the same kind of groupthink ordered by liberal academia, maybe the better solution would be to welcome people to express themselves with their costumes and those who might be offended should simply get over it.
After all, isn’t the rallying cry of the left a call for diversity? What fun is Halloween if we are ordered to stifle creativity in order to coddle the delicate sensibilities of the victim class?