Universities Deem Secret Santa, Mistletoe, Colors Red and Green to be Politically Incorrect
New guidelines demand holiday celebrations are "not a Christmas party in disguise"
Universities across the country have published advisories warning students and staff planning Christmas parties not to include Secret Santa, mistletoe or the colors red and green because they might be seen as politically incorrect.
As Campus Reform’s Summer Ratcliff highlights, colleges and universities are releasing guidelines for “inclusive holiday celebrations” that won’t cause offense to special snowflakes and safe spacers.
“At Cornell University the beloved tradition of mistletoe is under attack, with the school claiming the parasitic plant, under which lovers are expected to kiss, doesn’t create an “environment of inclusion,” writes Ratcliff.
Meanwhile, UT-Knoxville’s guidelines require that Christmas celebrations should not include religious games and that staff should ensure their “holiday party” is “not a Christmas party in disguise”.
Using the term “Secret Santa” is also inappropriate because it is ‘culturally themed’ staff are advised to call it “practical joke gift exchange” or “secret gift exchange” instead.
The guide also urges staff not to send religious-themed Christmas cards or use any decorations which may contain religious themes.
Over at Ohio State, students and staff are warned not to use the colors red and green in their decor because they are not neutral enough and may not reflect an “inclusive holiday spirit.”
The guide also suggests using multi-cultural calendars and food that is “general” and doesn’t “privilege any religion” so as to ensure a celebration that “everyone can live with”.
After waging war on Halloween, it was inevitable that Christmas would be next on the chopping block for joyless, authoritarian social justice warriors. In fact, myself and libertarian activist Lauren Southern predicted it only a few days ago.
Tennessee state lawmakers Sens. Dolores Gresham and Mike Bell responded to the guidelines by calling for Chancellor Jimmy Cheek to resign.
“This is offensive to the vast majority of Tennesseans who help fund this university through their tax dollars,” Bell told The Tennessean, “We have lost confidence in Chancellor Cheek’s ability to lead the state’s flagship university.”
But saying that this is all political correctness gone mad is apparently now off limits too. According to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, using the term “politically correct” as a pejorative is a politically incorrect “microaggression”.
While liberals have made fun of “war on Christmas” rhetoric for over a decade, these guidelines show that universities are waging a stealth campaign to take Christmas out of Christmas in the name of political correctness….ahem….I mean “diversity and inclusion”.