Public university warns students to keep Halloween costumes politically correct

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  • "Certain Halloween costumes inappropriately perpetuate racial, cultural, and gender stereotypes"
  • Students may dress as cowboys, but not as Indians.
  • "In particular, please keep in mind that certain Halloween costumes inappropriately perpetuate racial, cultural, and gender stereotypes," the letter states.

    Officials at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities have warned students to make sure their Halloween costumes are politically correct.

    "The crisp air and changing leaves tell us that autumn is upon us," begins the letter, emailed to students on Oct. 10. "And with that comes Halloween and the many ways we observe this festive event."

    “Cowboys, for instance — totally fine. Indians — not totally fine.”   

    "In particular, please keep in mind that certain Halloween costumes inappropriately perpetuate racial, cultural, and gender stereotypes," it continues. "Although it may not be the intent, these costumes, and choosing to wear them, can depict identities in ways that are offensive or hurtful to others" 

    Some U. Minn. students explained to the Star Tribune, a Minneapolis newspaper, what they considered an acceptable costume.

    "Cowboys, for instance — totally fine. Indians — not totally fine,” undergraduate student body president Mike Schmit said.

    Danita M. Brown Young, the university’s vice provost for student affairs and dean of students, and Katrice A. Albert, the university’s vice president for equity and diversity, each signed the letter.

    Brown said she would stand by the letter even if it elicited complaints about political correctness.

    “I don’t think it goes overboard,” she told the Star Tribune.

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    Katherine  Timpf

    Katherine Timpf

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    Katherine Timpf is a columnist at Campus Reform. Previously, Timpf worked as a reporter, web editor, and radio personality at The Washington Times. She was also an anchor for NASA's alternative radio station, Third Rock Radio.

    Timpf has appeared on national television news shows, including  America Live with Megyn Kelly and Fox and Friends, and her stories have been featured on several national news outlets, including the Drudge Report. She has been an op ed contributor to publications including the Orange County Register and Investor's Business Daily.

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