Some of the costumes on the forbidden list are obvious choices -no black face-no sombreros or serapes-no turbans.
Surprisingly, students were asked not to dress up as "hillbillies" or "white trash".
There is some disagreement as to what is inappropriate. Mike Schmit, the undergraduate student body president at the University of Minnesota said,
“As a student, I think you’re better off erring on the side of not dressing like something that can be questionable. Cowboys, for instance — totally fine. Indians — not totally fine.”
CU spokesman Bronson Hilliard said that as someone from a ranch family, he considers traditional cowboy costumes "crude."
"My people are ranch people from Montana," he said."When you dress up as a cowboy, and you have your sheriff badge on and a big cowboy hat, that's not a representation of a cowboy, that's not a representation of people who work on a ranch that's not a representation of people who live in the West, that's kind of a crude stereotype."
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