Does Your College Offer a “Practice Halloween” to avoid Cultural Appropriation? This One Does

Parents of college students across the country can rest assured that their money is being well spent. With Halloween fast approaching and looming threats of cultural appropriation, the holiday has never been so frightening.

Thankfully, there is no shortage of education to be had about how insensitive you are, particularly if you are white.

At Kent State University, you can see their bulletin board imploring you to “Stop Cultural Appropriation this Halloween.” The display explains what “cultural appropriation” is and warns you may be especially guilty of it if you are a member of the “dominant culture.”

If you’re a fan of flowcharts, the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Social Diversity Office put one together last year to help you determine your level of racism, while 1870 Magazine, a publication done by the students of Ohio State University, produced a new one this year:

Going above and beyond, however, was the University of Southern Indiana, which not only produced FOUR helpful handouts, but also set up a “practice Halloween” during their recent “Culture not Costumes” workshop to aid students avoid the ever-expanding field of racist landmines.

Following the lecture and two videos, the students in attendance were presented with a box which contained supposedly non-offensive (not yet, anyway) Halloween costumes they could try as a sort of dry-run leading up to the holiday now fraught with racial and cultural danger.

The College Fix was able to get the scoop by sending a brave soul to the event. The bewildered student later reported:

“I have no idea what I just went to. It just wasn’t what I expected.”

It’s easy to poke fun at this politically correct nonsense. In today’s day and age, there is a never-ending stream of safe spaces and Empathy Tents and warnings of the latest offense to be taken. But there is a serious cause for concern in all of this.

How are students going to be prepared to face the real world once they step out from the padded edges of their Universities? If they do crummy work, will their boss let them retreat to a “safe space,” or will they be fired? And if they’re fired, will their landlord let them pay their rent whenever they find it convenient, or will they find themselves with an eviction notice?

We don’t do our kids any favors by shielding them from real life or the real world. In the real world, their feelings will be hurt. In the real world, they’re going to be offended. In the real world, they’ll experience real pain. Isn’t it better to allow them to experience some of that prior to them striking out on their own so the adults in their lives can teach them how to handle the challenges they’ll inevitably face?

They will ultimately need to be able to make it in the world where, unlike Halloween on college campuses, it is actually scary.

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