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Attention, sexy xenophobes!
In an effort to prevent widespread small mindedness this Halloween, Hampshire College — the rumored "Shaggy" of the Five Schools — has developed an anti-racist costume checklist aimed at making aware the culturally misguided, blindly intolerant, shamefully ignorant or just plain careless.
Before you wreck your respectable self, check your deplorable self against the criteria below. Look in the mirror and ask a few of these questions, lest you spend the night bounding your candy-coated bigotry door-to-door.
Pre-packaged costume offenders are easy to spot, with words like, "traditional," "ethnic," "colonial," "cultural," "authentic" and "tribal" found in the description.
The thoughtful navigation of some websites make head-shaking categories like Eskimo, Gypsy and Geisha easy to avoid (other costumes, like Beer Girls, are trickier since they aren't even given the courtesy of specificity in their marginalization).
And be doubly careful to do a once over if your duds are supposed to be humorous. If the comedy is "based on making fun of real people, human traits or cultures," you might also have a racist costume on your hands.