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Cultural appropriation and the way progressives are using it as a tool to police Halloween was discussed by the guys on Monday's episode of "Pat Gray Unleashed."
At Gonzaga University on Thursday, the vice president for student development sent out a campuswide email warning students of the "harmful cultural appropriation that occurs on Halloween."
The email stated:
While the tradition of Halloween has Christian origins, it has become known for more dangerous traditions including binge drinking, sexualized or culturally inappropriate costumes and vandalism. We urge our community to be aware of the potentially harmful impact insensitive behavior can have on fellow students. One of these behaviors is cultural appropriation, the act of taking or using things from a culture that is not your own, especially without showing respect of [sic] that culture.
Pat reported that Baylor University featured an article on its website that also warned students about the possible cultural appropriation that can result from choices on Halloween attire.
One Baylor professor, Mia Moody-Ramirez, described cultural appropriation as being "distinct from equal cultural exchange because of the presence of power inequities." Moody-Ramirez warned against dressing in a way that might incite a mocking tone instead of encouraging respect.
Pat lamented that if parents send their children to college — and it almost doesn't matter what school you send them to because it's everywhere now in higher education — they've sentenced the students to four years of progressive indoctrination and they are going to come out different from when they went in.
Cultural appropriation in mainstream media
Last week, on "Megan Kelly Today," Megyn Kelly demonstrated the "wrong way" to approach a thoughtful conversation about dressing up as a character from a different race for Halloween. Kelly asserted that dressing up as a character is supposed to be fun and is usually seen as paying "tribute" to the chosen character.
The following day, Kelly opened her NBC daytime show by issuing an apology that appeared to resonate with her studio audience. However, her words could not save her. Kelly's show was canceled the following day and by the end of the week, she was fired from NBC.
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