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Social justice warriors at colleges and university across the country are once again taking measures to assure students don’t culturally appropriate with “racist” costumes and most students, at least the majority of those who identify as Democrats, are happy with the censorship.  

According to a new survey conducted by College Pulse, 51 percent of college students believe other students should be punished if they wear “highly offensive Halloween costumes (such as blackface.” Only 49 percent of students surveyed think “offensive” costumes “are a protected from of free speech.”

Students who identified as Democrats are predominantly the proponents of costume censorship, with 76 percent of those who “strongly” identified with the Democrat Party saying those wearing offensive costumes should be penalized. Sixty-four percent of those who “weakly” identified with Democrats agreed with punitive measures for wearing offensive costumes.

Ninety percent of students who strongly identified as Republicans opposed censoring costumes, while 70 percent of those who weakly affiliated with the GOP shared their opposition.

“College Pulse conducted this survey through their usual methodology, which involves student-provided online responses in exchange for incentives, such as gift cards. They have a two-step verification process to ensure respondents are registered students, and they match their samples to national data sets to ensure their results can be as nationally representative as possible. For this particular survey, the sample size was 1,501 students,” Washington Examiner reports.

An alarming number of college students favor censorship over free speech in general. According to a poll conducted by the Knight Foundation earlier this year, 41 percent of college students believe “hate speech” should not be protected under the First Amendment. The number of female and African American students who believe thought police should penalize offensive speech is even higher, with 53 percent of women and 60 percent of blacks saying hate speech should be punished.

Last year, the University of Florida offered students who were “traumatized” by Halloween costumes round-the-clock counseling services for support, while Michigan State University plastered posters titled, “A Culture is not a Costume,” on the walls across MSU’s dorms.

The posters contain a guide called “Is Your Halloween Costume Racist?”

Any costume that uses swastikas, black faces, or depicts “a name of a minority (that you are not ) in the title of your costume” is racist, the poster warns.  

Another poster cautioned wearing a sombrero in addition to a taco costume is also “racist.”

If you are “still asking yourself the question ‘is this costume racist?’” after heeding the proposed guidelines, then you should opt for another costume, the poster warns.  

The posters are designed to prevent racial tension from igniting on campus and to assure students don’t get their feelings hurt or offended, MSU Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives Director Paulette Russell told Campus Reform.

“A space that is so diverse, tensions arise when certain things happen through costumes,” she said. “[The] poster is to help students in residence halls to understand why certain depictions might be offensive…and if someone takes offense they have a reason.”