70% of College Dems: Students Should Be Punished For 'Offensive' Halloween Costumes
New survey from the polling service College Pulse reveals
A new survey from the polling service College Pulse has revealed that 51% of college students believe students who wear "highly offensive Halloween costumes (such as blackface)” should be punished, where only 49% think "they are a protected form of free speech."
Along the artisan lines, students were split:
76% of those who identified with the Democratic Party favored the costume censorship.
64% of those weakly affiliated with democrats agreed.
But 9 out of 10 students who strongly identified as Republicans opposed the censorious stance, with 70% of weakly-identified Republicans agreeing on their opposition.
They have a two-step verification process, ensuring that respondents are registered students and that samples are matched to national data sets to ensure their results are representative.
The sample size for this particular survey was 1,501 students.
Offensive costumes had come back to haunt politicians and leaders like Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who last month was forced to apologize after an old photo emerged showing him wearing "brownface" makeup at a party when he was a private school teacher 18 years ago.
Canada's liberal leader confessed to wearing "blackface" in high school to perform as African-American singer Harry Belafonte, admitting that his decisions were "racist."
The photo was published by TIME magazine showing the then-29-year-old Trudeau at a party in 2001 wearing brown makeup on his face, neck, and hands while wearing a turban and robe.
Trudeau admits that he wore the racist costume to attend an "Arabian Nights" themed gala at the private school in Vancouver, where he was teaching at the time - West Point Grey Academy.
According to writer Brad Polumbo from the Washington Examiner, no student should wear a genuinely offensive costume.
Blackface, for example, has a clearly racist history, and certainly by now (if not long ago), no use for it doesn't involve evoking that on purpose.
But there's a big difference between encouraging students to be respectful of others in their costume choice and punishing people for wearing the wrong costume.
One is reasonable, and the other is not.