Last night, kids everywhere donned costumes to party and maybe get a little Halloween candy in the process. But on college campus, Halloween has become one of the most politically-charged time of year.  

A recent poll by the College Pulse shows that American students are caving to even the idea of punishment: More than 50% of university students wanted universities to punish people who wore “highly offensive” costumes.  (Don’t get too smug, California free speech enthusiasts – if there are any of you out there! — three out of five students from your state favor such punishment.)

Apparently, modern students do not believe that expressing oneself with a costume is protected by the First Amendment.

Campus Reform has more:

The survey was conducted by asking 1,501 university students several questions regarding current events and societal norms, including “Are highly offensive Halloween costumes (such as blackface) a protected form of free speech on campus, or should students who wear them be punished?”

A majority of students — 51 percent — indicated that students who wore such costumes should “be punished,” while 49 percent said that “highly offensive” costumes are “a protected form of free speech.”

The number of students saying others should be punished for “offensive” Halloween costumes is even higher at elite universities, with 58 percent of Ivy League students saying that wearing “offensive” costumes should have consequences.

What a disgrace.  

At Maryville University’s “Peer Educators” program, they conducted a “Cultural Appropriation & Cultural Appreciation” workshop, which told students that “cultural appropriation” in Halloween costumes leads to “cultural genocide.”  That would’ve caused a student rebellion back in the day, as kids laughed at their bureaucratic university overlords.

In the past, college students used to push boundaries and challenge authority.  Now, they appeal to authorities to protect their delicate feelings and enforce their idea of ideological purity.

It’s a Constitutional shame and drives all the fearless fun out of college.

Hat Tip: Campus Reform

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About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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