If you’re a student at the University of Colorado Boulder, political correctness must be considered when choosing a Halloween costume.
Christina Gonzales, the college’s dean of students, said in a letter to the student body that offensive costume choices should be avoided. She even cited a few examples.
“If you are planning to celebrate Halloween by dressing up in a costume, consider the impact your costume decision may have on others in the CU community,” Gonzales said in the letter posted on the school’s website. “As a CU Buff, making the choice to dress up as someone from another culture, either with the intention of being humorous or without the intention of being disrespectful, can lead to inaccurate and hurtful portrayals of other peoples’ cultures in the CU community.”
Offensive cultural examples Gonzales offered included of “costumes that included blackface or sombreros,” “overly sexualized” geishas or squaws, and stereotypical icons of cowboys and Indians.
Party themes including a culture of poverty such as “ghetto” or “white trash/hillbilly” were also discouraged.
College spokesman Bronson Hilliard told Campus Reform on Wednesday that, after growing up in a ranch family, he finds cowboy costumes “crude.”
“My people are ranch people from Montana,” he said. “When you dress up as a cowboy, and you have your sheriff badge on and a big cowboy hat, that’s not a representation of a cowboy. That’s not a representation of people who work on a ranch. That’s not a representation of people who live in the West, that’s kind of a crude stereotype.”
While the school is strongly discouraging offensive costumes, Hilliard said students would not be punished for wearing them.