1870 Magazine, a publication "built by and for students" of Ohio State University (but not officially affiliated with the school, according to 1870 staff), recently published an "is your costume racist" flowchart for Halloween.
A photograph of the chart was originally obtained by Campus Reform, but a digital image has now been published by 1870 online:
The flowchart asks students about their Halloween costumes, and attempts to guide them away from "racist" choices. "Is it from 4Chan or Reddit?" the guide asks. Answer "Yes," and it further queries: "Does this meme validate white supremacists?"
Another question: "Does it humanize inhumane people?" If your answer is "Yes," the guide asks that you "reconsider your costume idea."
Of course, if the costume makes fun of Donald Trump, the guide says to "do it!" One wonders if the chart would similarly promote the mockery of Hillary Clinton or any other Democratic figure. Probably not; they know their audience.
The flowchart has garnered attention from Fox News, Campus Reform, and other outlets. 1870 Magazine, seemingly pleased with the attention, wrote the following in response to a negative tweet about the flowchart: "I guess we now know who the sensitive ones REALLY are."
One interesting tidbit from the flowchart is the following sequence of questions and answers:
Q: What is your costume?
A: Something sexy.
Q: Is it ironically sexy?
Q: Is it a job or occupation?
Q: Does your costume include traditional head wear from other cultures?
Q: Are you white?
At this point, if one answers "Yes," the charts states: "Try a new costume idea." However, if you answer "No," it tells you "You’re good," with a thumbs up.
This implies that it’s ok for anyone who’s not white to appropriate the native garments of other cultures. An African American wearing a Native American headdress is apparently totally fine; a Hispanic person wearing an African dashiki must also be acceptable.
It appears whiteness is the sole prerequisite for racism according to the writers at 1870 Magazine.