In a sign that political correctness throughout America has reached new lows, a group of white university students were told by campus officials that their “Beer Olympic” party was racist. A sorority at Columbia University threw the party in which participants dressed like up citizens of different countries in exaggerated ways — skimpy French maid outfits were used to represent outfits were used to represent France and Japanese schoolgirl outfits were used to represent Japan. But only did the Dean of Students, Terry Martinez, slam the party, he offered counseling for anyone who attended and felt traumatized by the “racism” at the event.
“It is our utmost responsibility to ensure that your living and learning environment is free from any act or behavior that degrades individuals or groups, including racially or culturally-based insensitivity,” said Martinez in a statement. “As such, the bias-related response team…are currently reaching out to potentially impacted communities to offer support and follow-up.”
The Columbia Chicano Caucus, a group for Latino students at Columbia, said they were offended by the party for promoting stereotypes and “stigmatizing” oppression. “While we understand that the actions taken by these members may not have intended to be harmful, they were in fact offensive,” said the group in a statement. we feel that any form of cultural appropriation is humiliating and perpetuates that group’s oppression in the United States by reinforcing a general culture of disrespect… Tangible solutions need to be reached so that this does not happen again.”
Ironically, the Chicano Caucus provided cardboard cutouts of Mexican characters for students to pose in during their recent Valentine Day’s themed party. Despite this, Martinez declined to criticize the students for racial insensitivity.