P.C. censors come to haunt at Hampshire

By 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...