A Hispanic high school student was banned from wearing his Mariachi Halloween costume to school because it’s “very offensive” to Latin Americans.
Joshua Sewerynek, who attends St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School in Brampton, Ontario, sent a photo of his costume to school officials to ask if he was allowed to wear it, to which the officials said no.
“Sorry, that costume will not be approved as it is very offensive,” a school official told him.
When Sewerynek claimed mariachi as part of his Colombian culture, the school told him that “culture was not a costume” and to “feel free not to participate in the Halloween fun if you can’t accept the rules.”
“…The social justice movement has gone too far when kids can’t even represent their own culture,” Sewerynek told MRCTV. “Although mariachi didn’t begin in Colombia, it has become a huge part of their culture.”
“Every year my grandfather still hires a mariachi band to play for his birthday, because he had such fond memories of them when he was back in Bogota.”
Similarly, North Carolina State University told students not to wear costumes that “appropriate” cultures.
“As Halloween approaches, I challenge all of you to truly think about the concept of appreciation vs. appropriation,” student body president Khari Cyrus told students. “Don’t turn someone’s culture into a costume…”
The school even published a flowchart for students to use when choosing a politically correct Halloween costume.
“The chart goes on to warn against wearing any costume that could be construed as glorifying hunting, because dressing as Cecil the Lion’s killer ‘might ruffle feathers,'” Campus Reform reported. “The guide also warns against other wearing costumes that promote violence or a political stance you otherwise wouldn’t make public.”
In other words, you must censor your free speech on Halloween because your rights end where other people’s feelings begin, according to the PC police.