BC student gov circulates 'Dress with Respect' pledge for Halloween

Kassy Dillon
Massachusetts Campus Correspondent

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  • The Undergraduate Government of Boston College and the Ahana Leadership Council at Boston College emailed students Friday to ask them to “take the pledge to Dress with Respect!”
  • The email lists Geishas, Mexicans, and Native Americans as costumes that students should avoid, though it does allow for dressing as food such as "burritos, tacos, and CHIPOTLE."
  • The Undergraduate Government of Boston College and the Ahana Leadership Council at Boston College emailed students Friday to ask them to “take the pledge to Dress with Respect!”

    “Halloween can and should be fun, but for everyone,” the email states. “To take someone’s culture and belittle it by making your Halloween costume is not only degrading, but can also be hurtful to members of the BC community.”

    “If you’re too offended to have fun, you’re missing out on some of the best four years of your life.”   

    The email then provides three examples of costumes that the organizations believe students should not wear, specifically Geishas, Mexicans, and Native Americans.

    The email recommended that students not “incorporate the Mexican culture into” their costumes, asserting that “these costumes reduce a rich and vibrant culture to mustaches, margaritas and sombreros,” but claim that “it is okay to dress up as food that we love such as burritos, tacos, and CHIPOTLE.”

    The Ahana Leadership Council also announced its “Dress With Respect” Halloween costume contest, where students can submit pictures of their “respectful Halloween costume” for the chance to win prizes.

    “I find it silly that undergraduates fear being offended by the slightest things,” Boston College law student Elliott Hamilton told Campus Reform. “This is Halloween. People should be free to dress as they please. If you’re too offended to have fun, you’re missing out on some of the best four years of your life.”

    The email also included the Undergraduate Government of Boston College’s Mission Statement.

    “The Undergraduate Government of Boston College (UGBC) is a student government created to enrich the lives of students attending Boston College. Its purpose is to serve on behalf of student’s interests and to help cultivate an engaged and caring student community. Furthermore, the student government works to actualize the rights and responsibilities of students to the greater community, while promoting growth academically, socially and spiritually.”

    “Remember, a culture is NOT a costume,” the email concludes.

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    Kassy Dillon

    Kassy Dillon

    Massachusetts Campus Correspondent

    Kassy Dillon is a Massachusetts Campus Correspondent, and reports liberal bias and abuse on campus for Campus Reform. Kassy is a journalist, political commentator, and student at Mount Holyoke College. She is the founder of Lone Conservative, a group blog that gives a voice to conservative college students. She also is a regular contributor to The Hill and The Daily Wire, and has appeared on Fox News discussing issues surrounding free speech and cultural issues on college campuses. 

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