Fraternity Group's Tips for Avoiding Offensive Parties

October 27, 2015

The North-American Interfraternity Conference -- whose members are no strangers to racist parties and costumes -- posted a series of Halloween tips on Friday to "ensure that member organizations make responsible decisions regarding event themes, costumes and social media that reflect their values and morals." In a blog post, Devin Hall, coordinator of IFC services at the NIC, suggested that campus Interfraternity Councils "introduce the concept of cultural appropriation" through diversity education, select an inclusive social event and require chapters to register any parties and their themes with the IFC.

"Viewed as funny, ironic, trendy or an opportunity to be retweeted by [Total Frat Move], dressing up as a Native American, painting oneself with blackface or dressing as a homeless person is not only offensive behavior, but also correctable," Hall wrote. "Our goal is for fraternities to avoid promoting concepts that reinforce historical stereotypes and mock or offend various cultures, races, ethnicities or identities."

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