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    CU Boulder asks students to avoid racist and stereotype costumes, parties



    Posted: 10/23/2013
    Last Updated: 20 hours ago

    Deb Stanley Deb Stanley

    BOULDER, Colo. - The University of Colorado at Boulder is asking students not to wear stereotypical and offensive costumes for Halloween.

    "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," Dean of Students Christian Gonzales said in a message to students.

    Gonzales said dressing up as someone from another culture, "can lead to inaccurate and hurtful portrayals of other peoples' cultures."

    In her message, she cited offensive ideas like wearing blackface or sombreros/serapes and dressing up as geishas, "squaws," and even cowboys and Indians.

    The dean also asked students not to hold offensively-themed parties like "ghetto" or "white trash/hillbilly" or with themes connected to crime or sex work.

    "The goal of CU-Boulder this Halloween and every day is to create a safe and welcoming environment for everyone," Gonzales wrote. "While everyone has the freedom to be expressive, we also encourage you to celebrate that you are a part of a vibrant, diverse CU community that strives toward respecting others."

    Read the message: http://www.colorado.edu/node/2984417
    Wouldn't it be easier to say what you can do?

    Channel 7
    "Alexa, slaughter the fatted calf."

  • #2
    In her message, she cited offensive ideas like wearing blackface or sombreros/serapes and dressing up as geishas, "squaws," and even cowboys and Indians.
    I wonder if you can dress up as a cowboy without the indian?
    May we raise children who love the unloved things - the dandelion, the worm, the spiderlings.
    Children who sense the rose needs the thorn and run into rainswept days the same way they turn towards the sun...
    And when they're grown and someone has to speak for those who have no voice,
    may they draw upon that wilder bond, those days of tending tender things and be the one.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Michele View Post
      I wonder if you can dress up as a cowboy without the indian?
      Probably only as a gay cowboy.
      "Alexa, slaughter the fatted calf."

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Michele View Post
        I wonder if you can dress up as a cowboy without the indian?
        Originally posted by Gingersnap View Post
        Probably only as a gay cowboy.
        Not where I breathe, but where I love, I live...
        Robert Southwell, S.J.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Michele View Post
          I wonder if you can dress up as a cowboy without the indian?
          Depends upon whether or not the Indian in question is Ward Churchill.
          Bask in the warmth of the Deep South
          No one will be denied:
          Big law suits and bathroom toots;
          We're all getting Dixie-fried.
          But somewhere Hank and Lefty
          Are rollin' in their graves
          While kudzu vines grow over signs that read "Jesus Saves."

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          • #6
            OK, Ginger wins the thread.

            Bask in the warmth of the Deep South
            No one will be denied:
            Big law suits and bathroom toots;
            We're all getting Dixie-fried.
            But somewhere Hank and Lefty
            Are rollin' in their graves
            While kudzu vines grow over signs that read "Jesus Saves."

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            • #7
              When I was in high school, we had a Halloween dress up day. One guy came as a KKK member, hood and all, and carried a toy gun. His friend came in black face.


              Chances are, that would be frowned upon now.
              "There are four lights!"

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Adam View Post
                OK, Ginger wins the thread.

                Although, Ward Churchill was a good one, too.
                May we raise children who love the unloved things - the dandelion, the worm, the spiderlings.
                Children who sense the rose needs the thorn and run into rainswept days the same way they turn towards the sun...
                And when they're grown and someone has to speak for those who have no voice,
                may they draw upon that wilder bond, those days of tending tender things and be the one.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Adam View Post
                  Depends upon whether or not the Indian in question is Ward Churchill.
                  Is Ward Chruchill gay?

                  Not that it really matters.
                  Robert Francis O'Rourke, Democrat, White guy, spent ~78 million to defeat, Ted Cruz, Republican immigrant Dark guy …
                  and lost …
                  But the Republicans are racist.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Billy Jingo View Post
                    When I was in high school, we had a Halloween dress up day. One guy came as a KKK member, hood and all, and carried a toy gun. His friend came in black face.


                    Chances are, that would be frowned upon now.
                    The question is, "why?". Halloween, along with Carnival and boatload of various holidays, is a trickster event. People dress up to poke fun at ghosts and demons and at politicians and clergy, women, children, animals, monsters, celebrities, and ideas.

                    I once had a summer work-study gig at my college Women's Center (I know, it's incredible how dumb the department head was). After simmering in a gestalt of feminine empowerment and dodgy intellectualism, I realized that women in leadership positions have no sense of humor at all. Humor is based on tension and pain so many women hate it.

                    I knew then that if women got to run the show, the show would look a lot like Kindergarten but with really safe, talky sex.
                    "Alexa, slaughter the fatted calf."

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Billy Jingo View Post
                      When I was in high school, we had a Halloween dress up day. One guy came as a KKK member, hood and all, and carried a toy gun. His friend came in black face.


                      Chances are, that would be frowned upon now.
                      What if they were transgendered females and the black face guy was leading the leather-clad KKK guy on a leash?
                      Science that cannot be questioned is propaganda.

                      Cameras in classrooms now.

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