Another Halloween, another humorous costume being targeted by the liberal outrage machine. The first major outrage of the season this year is an “Agent Wall” border patrol costume being sold at the popular seasonal costume chain Spirit.
The $29.99 costume is simply a green shirt with an “Agent Wall” nametag and a $9.99 border patrol hat. It is marketed on a shelf next to masks of President Donald Trump making various facial expressions.
#spiritofhalloween has a border patrol costume with the name agent wall on it. Fucking seriously? Never supporting this place, ever.
— ｎｅｏｎ ｍｕｓｋ (@Hopsizzle) September 9, 2017
“It takes a vast amount of privilege to find humor in a uniform that represents terror and fear for millions of New Yorkers,” Steven Choi, director of the New York Immigration Coalition, said in a statement to Gothamist. “We hope people will exercise better judgement and choose not to spend their money at these stores, and that universities will update their Halloween guidance to include the immigrant experience.”
@SpiritHalloween that border patrol custome next to trump's costume is offensive. Yall get off on being disrespectful???
— conse♀uences (@liIcabello) September 15, 2017
Unlike in previous years with Amazon capitulating to the phony outrage over costumes based on Muslims or other leftist pet causes, Spirit has issued a statement essentially telling snowflakes to suck it up and live a little.
The statement began with the store standing by the fact that the costume is topical and relevant in today’s political climate — and that border patrol is not all that different from having costumes of other law enforcement or first responders.
“Spirit Halloween offers a full range of Halloween costumes that celebrate and appreciate all cultures, occupations and figures, both real and imaginary. With that, we playfully acknowledge topical themes – and building the wall is certainly a trending conversation in today’s political climate,” the statement provided to the Gothamist reads. “We believe this costume carries similar sentiments akin to that of a police officer, military costumes, firefighter, doctor and more.”
Spirit went on to shut down the whining by reminding them that they make comical costumes that cater to both sides. Funny, there seems to be exactly zero conservatives making an issue about the “presidential BFF Putin mask” that I can find on social media.
“As the president continues to drive the headlines and hashtags, we have costumes for everyone to join in on the fun, including: piggybacking on Mr. President, a host of masks that illustrate Trump’s many personas and a presidential BFF Putin mask. We’ve respectfully developed these costumes knowing that Halloween is a time for humor and fun, and due to the overwhelming popularity of these items last year, we think it’ll be a huge hit with our shoppers again!” Spirit declared.
The left’s war on Halloween humor has been escalating in recent years.
For example, in 2016, University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse was one of many institutes of higher learning to make headlines for infantilizing their student body.
For students to make sure that they weren’t being unintentionally racist, the university decided to hold a review board for Halloween costumes, sponsored by the Ethnic and Racial Studies Department.
“One of UWL’s stated values is that of diversity, equity, and inclusion of all people and perspectives, and this event reflected that by providing the audience with an opportunity to consider the possible effects of actions, or the actions and reactions of others,” said Timothy Gongaware, interim chairman of the university’s Department of Ethnic and Racial Studies.
Halloween is a holiday in which people every year dress up as serial-killing clowns, human blood-slurping vampires, and murdered celebrities, and no one blinks an eye. But apparently cultural appropriation is just going too far.
To combat this horror of people dressing up as people from other cultures, an organization called “Do Something” launched a campaign called “1-Star for Hate” that took aim at online retailers for costumes they deem to be offensive. The group was offering $1,500 scholarship prizes for people who repeatedly copy and paste poor reviews in the comment sections of the offending outfits. The more costumes they rated with a fake bad review, the higher their chances became of winning the money.
“Native Americans aren’t costumes, smh, they’re people too,” the campaign’s website reads.
In 2015, the group set their sights on a Caitlyn Jenner Vanity Fair costume, last year they focused on several, including Native American, “Dia de los Muertos” outfits, and, of course, the big bad sexy burka. According to their website, over 15,000 people participated in the scheme.
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Harvard Law School Planning Conference to Smear and Silence Homeschoolers
It seems doubtful the conference will feature parents’ rights advocates.
Harvard Law School is planning a conference on the topic of homeschooling, with speakers and content of the tenative June summit suggesting the event will be very negative towards the practice.
The Homeschooling Summit: Problems, Politics, and Prospects for Reform is planned for June 18-19th. The conference listing states that a focus of the conference will be to “discuss child rights in connection with homeschooling in the United States.”
Further investigation of the conference’s premise suggests it’s outright hostile to the notion of homeschooling entirely. One event scheduled for the second day of the conference is entitled “Concerns with Homeschooling.”
The Home School Legal Defense Association questioned what seemed to be the outright hostility to homeschooling that will be part of the event, pointing out the concerning public statements of some of the educators participating in the summit.
The pro-homeschooling rights group highlighted the anti-homeschooling track records of the event’s speakers.
Some, such as College of William and Mary law professor James Dwyer, have fundamentally questioned the rights of parents to homeschool their children. Dwyer has argued in law review article that “the claim that parents should have child-rearing rights—rather than simply being permitted to perform parental duties and to make certain decisions on a child’s behalf in accordance with the child’s rights—is inconsistent with principles deeply embedded in our law and morality.”
It almost seems anachronistic that the fixings of elite cultural liberalism are maintaining themselves in the midst of the national Chinese coronavirus epidemic, an event that has actually forced the American public and policy makers to focus on things that matter. This anti-homeschooling summit might end up being cancelled because of the coronavirus epidemic. But it any case, Harvard Law’s academic elites seem intent to question the rights of homeschoolers either way.
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