Halloween And Cultural Appropriation

Halloween And Cultural Appropriation

Halloween And Cultural Appropriation

The vampires are roaming the campuses of the United States institutes of learning. From pre-school to post-graduate, the fun sucking scolds are waving their fat fingers and reminding us that cultural appropriation on Halloween is wrong. Be sensitive, be inclusive, don’t hurt feelings, and for Heaven’s sake, don’t have fun.

This year we are going to pick on Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. As reported by Campus Reform.org, The Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity, which is part of the Student Life Office, held an indoctrination session a discussion about cultural appropriation titled “There’s No Costume in Culture”. I think they were trying to be clever and play off of the line “There’s no crying in baseball.” from the movie “A League of Their Own”. Oops. Sad fail.

And, is it just me or, does “The Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity” sound like it came right out of something written by George Orwell? I know that nearly all institutions of higher learning have something like this. It just sounds like a money suck to me. It sounds like a way to give bureaucratic blatherskites a salary and position. Bullies coddling the perpetually offended. Anyway, back to Halloween.

This is straight from the Campus Reform.org article on poor Augustana College:

“The Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity invites students to a discussion about awareness of cultural appropriation on college campuses, and the social effects appropriation creates,” the event description reads. “Students will have the opportunity to sign a pledge promising not to appropriate any culture and may also buy a shirt from the office for $5 in the Brew.

Sign a pledge! No wonder colleges are creating snowflakes. But there is more:

The Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity Facebook page shared photos of posters for the event, defining culture appropriation as “the adoption of elements of a culture that is not their own.” It goes on to read, “It reduces a culture to a stereotype and removes the context that makes cultural elements meaningful.”

The posters for the event also featured a tagline saying, “let’s appreciate, not appropriate.”

Well isn’t that just so extra.

Speaking of being extra, Prager University has the new video on cultural appropriation that is so much fun:

Told you that that was fun. And, for some reason I am craving empanadas. See when we take elements of another culture and adopt them, we are generally saying we admire those elements, not we are making fun of them. Dressing up in costumes is a way of stepping out of our little boxes. But the Social Justice Zealots don’t want you to think about that. And, remember, don’t have fun.

So here’s the deal. Halloween is Irish. I am Irish, mostly. A little Scottish, Welsh and Scandinavian, too.

It’s true. The origination of Halloween is Samhain and Pagan Ireland. This Samhain image is courtesy of ClanDonnell.net.

Y’all go on and on about cultural appropriation while you are appropriating my culture without even giving the Irish a nod. Feckin’ eegits. Sure, Mexico has their day of the dead thing. Aztec history and Spanish culture mix. Many other cultures have their dress up days. But the for real pagan beginnings, the truth is Halloween is Samhain and is Irish.

From the ClanDonnell.net website:

Samhain (pronounced SAW-ween) was the ancient Celtic New Year festival, celebrated about this time of year. The time after the harvest, when the cattle and sheep have been brought in to pasture close to home and the peat cut for the winter fires.

It marked the end of one year and beginning of the next, which makes much more sense than January 1st (which is somewhat arbitrary when you think about it).

If they taught history in school, this might be a known fact. But, if they taught history in schools, there wouldn’t be a bunch of gobshite snowflakes yowling about cultural appropriation.

That’s okay. I’m not mad. The Irish have saved the world before. We know we’re good.

Feature photo credit: Pexels/rawpixel.com.

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  • GWB says:

    be inclusive
    Ummm, wouldn’t that mean you do dress up like others? I mean you dress up like them, they dress up like you, and we all get something out of it because we talk and shlt?
    Oh wait, no, they mean “you must have one authentic black woman, one authentic black man, one authen……..”.

    “There’s No Costume in Culture”
    Ummm, there’s LOTS of costumes in culture. And a lot of them dress up as another group of people (and sometimes other … stuff) as part of it.

    bureaucratic blatherskites

    “It reduces a culture to a stereotype and removes the context that makes cultural elements meaningful.”
    Of course it’s a STEREOTYPE, you ignorant bints! It’s for f***ing Halloween!

    I swear, I need to file a complaint that they are making a mockery of the actual cultural event known as “All Hallows Eve”. It’s MY culture, and YOU CAN’T HAVE IT! So, stop giving out candy and dressing up, because you’re committing cultural appropriation, demeaning my culture, and reducing it to a stereotype!

    Halloween is Irish.
    Halloween is Samhain
    Actually, no. Yes, Samhain is an Irish ‘festival’, but it is not necessarily the culture from which most Halloween traditions derive. “All Hallows Eve” is generally practiced throughout Europe, and the title is directly related to the Roman church’s practice of “All Saints (or ‘Hallows’) Day”. It arose as a pagan counterpart – if you have a day where all the saints are honored, then the day (or night) before must be the day all the devils are allowed to roam unhindered. (It’s a sort of superstitious logic.) (In a lot of cases, former pagan rites moved to All Hallows Eve to take advantage of the church’s holiday – culturally appropriating the Christian one!)

    Mexico has their day of the dead thing.
    Well, even the current celebration of that is a cultural appropriation, as the original aboriginal celebrations of the dead were in August. They got moved to the end of October to… once again take advantage of the Roman church’s “All Saints Day”.

    Stop appropriating my whiteness, people! (That’s a joke, all you soul-dead, humorless Puritans.)
    (Would it be ok for me to go around the neighborhood, telling all my non-Christian neighbors to stop appropriating my holiday, smashing their jack-o-lanterns and burning off their ‘cobwebs’? I mean, it’s perfectly ok to be a total jackass now if you feel aggrieved, right?*)

    (* Most likely, one of my active duty neighbors would beat my ass for messing with his little kids’ fun. And the rest of the neighbors would stand around, pointing and laughing.)

  • Kim Hirsch says:

    Ah, yes. Dear Augustana, where I completed my undergraduate degree. Although when I attended, there was no such thing as an “Office of Student Inclusivity and Diversity.” And I don’t recall anyone dressing up and making a big deal about Halloween — I sure didn’t.
    Basically because we all figured that Halloween was for, you know, children.

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