The University of Wisconsin – La Crosse has been much in the news these days and, for some, the news is not good. The school seems at the heart of a national trend toward hyper-sensitivity and intense scrutiny over the use of free speech. In one recent inside, a student objected to a Harry Potter mural that was condemned as depicting “Man power. Cis power. Able power. Class power.” Then there is the school’s “Hate Response Team” which has investigated such alleged offensive terms as “All Lives Matter” and “Trump.” Then last December, the Vice Chancellor apologized for the “fear and angst” caused by a truck that drove through campus with a rebel flag on its grille. Now the Ethnic and Racial Studies Department of UW LaCrosse have posted signs for the review of Halloween costumes to determine if they are racist.
The poster asks “Is Your Costume Racist?”and informs students of a costume review session in early October.
We have previously discussed other schools declaring costumes to be inappropriate or racist, including efforts to deter students from dressing as cowboys and Indians.