The University of Colorado Boulder has instructed its students not to wear "offensive" Halloween costumes such as cowboys, Indians, sombreros, white trash or anything that shows any culture as being "over-sexualized."
In addition to the costume censorship, the college is telling students not to have parties that include ghettos, hillbillies, crime and sex work, notes The Telegraph.
The Dean of Students at the University of Colorado Boulder, Christina Gonzales, wrote in an email to students: "Making the choice to dress up as someone from another culture, either with the intention of being humorous or without the intention of being disrespectful, can lead to inaccurate and hurtful portrayals of other people's cultures."
The Office of Student Affairs at the University of Minnesota also sent an email to its students requesting that they "please keep in mind that certain Halloween costumes inappropriately perpetuate racial, cultural, and gender stereotypes."
The Oct. 10 email also told students not to choose costumes “that are offensive or hurtful to others.”
The email also stated, "We all benefit from acting with an understanding of the concepts of diversity, inclusion and respect."
“Really, this is about raising awareness,” Danita Brown Young, the school's vice provost and dean of students, told the Star Tribune. We just want people to be respectful and be thoughtful when they are celebrating Halloween.”
However, for decades in America, Halloween has never been portrayed as a respectful or thoughtful holiday, but rather a ghoulish parody of the living dead.