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P.C. censors come to haunt at Hampshire

October 31, 2013

by Robert Shibley

This Halloween, Hampshire College students — and Americans who care about free inquiry — have reason to be spooked.

As part of its “Hampshire Halloween” celebration, Hampshire’s “Hype Committee” scheduled a performance by Afrobeat band Shokazoba. But that decision quickly turned sour. As Hampshire carefully explained, some students asked “whether [Shokazoba] was a predominantly white Afrobeat band and express[ed] concerns about cultural appropriation and the need to respect marginalized cultures...