Students at Saint Mary’s College in Indiana were warned of the danger of Halloween, that is, cultural appropriation, in an all-student email sent on October 24 by a staff assistant in the political science, sociology, and justice education departments.
“Halloween, which originated with people dressed in costume to ward off evil spirits, has morphed into a day that celebrates all kinds of creative self-expression,” the email begins. “It means not only do people dress up as witches and monsters, but also as one another. This is where things get complicated, and why you keep hearing the term ‘cultural appropriation’ in the news.”
The email goes on to explain that due to the rampant cultural appropriation that surrounds Halloween, St. Mary’s is holding a seminar to educate their adult students on how to observe Halloween in a respectable way.
According to the Young America’s Foundation, bold student activists at Saint Mary’s are ready to push back against the left’s attack on Halloween festivities.
“Our YAF chapter will be standing up for our right to self expression and free speech and condemning this wave of political correctness on October 31st,” says Chairwoman Clare McKinney. “You can find us on the quad handing out obituaries for Halloween, because after all, it’s been killed by the Left.”
McKinney continued, reflecting on what Halloween means for her campus:
“As a senior, I can tell you that Halloween has always been one of the most looked forward to weeks of the year! But this year there’s a different tone on campus. The Left has overtaken what used to be a fun holiday and turned it into a tool for their politically correct divisive agenda.”