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Anti-Defamation League policing Halloween costumes is not going over well

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The Anti-Defamation League is prompting widespread derision on social media for trying to make Halloween more inclusive and respectful, as the organization sees it.

“It’s long past the time for [the ADL] to return to their original mission,” one (of many) perceptive social media users advised.

On its website, the nonprofit organization posted a series of tips, which it promoted on Twitter, that “can help teachers address potential issues like cultural appropriation, cultural stereotypes, and costumes that marginalize those who don’t conform to traditional gender norms.”

“Many children and families don’t realize that their costume choices are potentially hurtful or offensive,” the ADL explained, in part.

Critics, including Tucker Carlson, have claimed or implied that the once highly respected organization founded in 1913 is just a branch of the Democrat Party in disguise, as it were, and has also embraced identity politics in various forms.

“The ADL was such a noble organization that had a very specific goal, which was to fight antisemitism,” Carlson told Megyn Kelly last month on her podcast in responding to criticism the group has leveled at him. “That’s a virtuous goal. I think they were pretty successful over the years. Now it’s operated by a guy who’s… just an apparatchik of the Democratic Party.”

Former Obama White House official Jonathan Greenblatt has served as the organization’s CEO since 2015.

According to FBI 2020 statistics, nearly 60 percent of all religious bias crimes in the U.S. were reportedly committed against persons of Jewish heritage, which is obviously a very disturbing trend.

In the political context, antisemitism seems particularly on the rise on the left, where anti-Israel sentiment has gained traction as a proxy for bias against Jewish people.

With that in mind perhaps, the consensus on Twitter seems to be that the ADL needs to get back to basics, which does not include policing or refereeing Halloween costumes. Here is a sampling:

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