1870 Magazine is built “by and for students” of Ohio State University, but no official affiliation. They recently published an “is your Halloween costume racist” flowchart for Halloween.
Originally a photograph of the chart was obtained by Campus Reform. Now, 1870 Online has published the digital image.
Check out the image, but make note that there is one major problem with it.
Is Your Halloween Costume Racist?
Per Daily Wire:
The flowchart asks students about their Halloween costumes, and attempts to guide them away from “racist” choices. “Is it from 4Chan or Reddit?” the guide asks. Answer “Yes,” and it further queries: “Does this meme validate white supremacists?”
Another question: “Does it humanize inhumane people?” If your answer is “Yes,” the guide asks that you “reconsider your costume idea.”
Of course, if the costume makes fun of Donald Trump, the guide says to “do it!” One wonders if the chart would similarly promote the mockery of Hillary Clinton or any other Democratic figure. Probably not; they know their audience.
The flowchart has garnered attention from Fox News, Campus Reform, and other outlets. 1870 Magazine, seemingly pleased with the attention, wrote the following in response to a negative tweet about the flowchart: “I guess we now know who the sensitive ones REALLY are.”
One interesting tidbit from the flowchart is the following sequence of questions and answers:
Q: What is your costume?
A: Something sexy.
Q: Is it ironically sexy?
Q: Is it a job or occupation?
Q: Does your costume include traditional head wear from other cultures?
Q: Are you white?
At this point, if one answers “Yes,” the charts states: “Try a new costume idea.” However, if you answer “No,” it tells you “You’re good,” with a thumbs up.
This implies that it’s ok for anyone who’s not white to appropriate the native garments of other cultures. An African American wearing a Native American headdress is apparently totally fine; a Hispanic person wearing an African dashiki must also be acceptable.
It appears whiteness is the sole prerequisite for racism according to the writers at 1870 Magazine.
As usual, the main objective of the article was to make all white people fearful of coming off as racist. Why is it OK for African Americans or Native Americans to wear costumes that portray other ethnicities, while white people are not?