UMass creates cultural appropriation ‘threat meter’ for Halloween

vintage-halloween-costumes-swastikaThe University of Massachusetts-Amherst now has a flow chart to help students figure out just how offensive their Halloween costume may be to others.

The flow chart, called the Simple Costume Racism Evaluation and Assessment Meter, or SCREAM, allows students to determine if their costume is offensive based off of factors like race, historically accepted cliches, and humor. The results come up in a five section, color-coded area, similar to the government’s terror alert level, ranking from a “low” threat level in green to a “severe” threat level in red.