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Hispanic Student Group Protests Sorority's Mariachi Costumes

By Monica Sanchez | October 30, 2014 | 10:28am EDT

It just wouldn't be Halloween without a conversation of political correctness and cultural sensitivity.

Slogans like "think before you costume," "stand against cultural appropriation," and "dress with respect" have been used on college campuses across the nation to campaign against otherwise offensive, insensitive ensembles.

Famous examples include actress Julianne Hough's "black-face" costume as the Orange is the New Black character Crazy Eyes and singer Chris Brown's distasteful costume as a terrorist. See below:

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Here's Hough's sincere apology:

And, of course, wherever Chris Brown goes, controversy follows...

*LANGUAGE WARNING*

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Just this past Monday, a group of Hispanic students at the University of Arizona gathered outside a sorority house to protest what it deemed were culturally insensitive costumes.

According to The Daily Wildcat campus newspaper, the Delta Delta Delta sorority threw a costume party where about six individuals were spotted donning sombreros and mustaches, apparently impersonating a Mexican mariachi group.

Angie Loreto, a Mexican American studies graduate student, told the newspaper that one of the sorority girls defended the accessories as culturally sensitive because the sorority has Hispanic members: "We have some sisters who are of your culture."

"As someone who knows about the culture of mariachis, you don't really use that to make any kind of silly statements like this," Loreto said.

Two sorority leaders reportedly stepped outside and apologized to the group of protestors for the incident:

"'We have no tolerance for that,' one member said. 'We don't support it. We don't condone it. ... We want you to know we're very sorry this happened.'"

Loreto responded, "We appreciate your apology, but it's too late."

The incident will be followed with discussions between UA culture organizations and Greek chapters regarding diversity, cultural awareness, and sensitivity, according to The Daily Wildcat.

"The group ended its protest by hand-delivering a letter with two posters that read 'My culture is not a costume' and 'Brown is beautiful' to the sorority."

There's no question that every Halloween season, someone takes things too far and adorns an offensive, insensitive costume - but where do we draw the line between insensitive and hypersensitive?

 


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