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University Of Florida Worries About Halloween Costumes Hurting People’s Feelings.

uf-alligatore-kid-roh Yep. The University of Florida went there.

In a school allegedly full of adults making adult decisions, the University felt it necessary to warn students to the evils of Halloween costumes.

October brings fall weather and Halloween. If you choose to participate in Halloween activities, we encourage you to think about your choices of costumes and themes. Some Halloween costumes reinforce stereotypes of particular races, genders, cultures, or religions. Regardless of intent, these costumes can perpetuate negative stereotypes, causing harm and offense to groups of people. Also, keep in mind that social media posts can have a long-term impact on your personal and professional reputation. The University of Florida’s Division of Student Affairs

Diversity and Social Justice Statement reminds us that UF fosters a community that values and respects diversity. An inclusive definition of diversity recognizes the variety of personal and social experiences that make individuals and communities different from one another. (emphasis ours)

Really? A costume can “cause harm?”

How?

Even if someone is offended by a costume, isn’t the adult response to either walk away or say something to the wearer?

After all, if you think that you are going to go through life without someone saying or doing something that offends you, you are in for a rude surprise in the real world.

Instead of encouraging students to handle the situation themselves, the University has made counselors available to those who are offended.

As a community, we aspire to demonstrate integrity, respect, and compassion that strives to maintain an affirming campus climate for all members of our community. If you are troubled by an incident that does occur, please know that there are many resources available. Please take advantage of the 7 day a week presence of the U Matter, We Care program at the University of Florida by emailing umatter@ufl.edu. Additionally, there is a 24/7 counselor in the Counseling and Wellness Center available to speak by phone at 352-392-1575. (emphasis ours)

But the fun killing, always offended social justice warriors in the form of the University Administration aren’t done yet.

Lastly, the Bias Education and Response Team at the University of Florida is able to respond to any reported incidents of bias, to educate those that were involved, and to provide support by connecting those that were impacted to the appropriate services and resources. You may submit a bias incident report at www.umatter.ufl.edu/stopbias.Thank you for being mindful of these values, and have a fun and safe Halloween. (emphasis ours)

Send the student who had the temerity to wear a costume that offended someone off to a “re-education camp!” Perhaps the school has contacted Russia to see if they can rent space in the Siberian camps for people who dared to offend others.

In all seriousness, this is one of those instances where a student may be inspired by the ridiculousness of the University and wear a costume that is over the top.

(We suggest a sexy female samurai / ninja wearing a sombrero, in blackface, with corn rows in their hair, burning a Bible and carrying a crock pot while shouting “Allahu Akbar!” We think SOMEONE will be offended by THAT.)

Then, when they are called into the “re-education” room, simply say “welcome to the First Amendment you state sponsored, Constitutionally ignorant, ‘educator.'”

That oughta work.



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