People are offended by this police officer's Colin Kaepernick Halloween costume

People are offended by this police officer's Colin Kaepernick Halloween costume

Well, it's Halloween in stupid culture war world, so you know what that means - outrage and defenses of costumes with literally zero political consequences. Seriously. If nobody on Earth wore a racist Halloween costume, it would not effect existing racism in the slightest. This debate is basically a small moon hell for people with no priorities to argue about, away from the main planet of reality worth discussing.

University of Nevada, Reno, police officer Antonio Gutierrez has been criticized widely from Blavity, The Root and other sites for a Colin Kaepernick costume deemed racist and offensive.

Wow, I'm so angry I can hardly breathe, s-so mad, I-I- no, it really doesn't seem worth a moment of time. With social justice advocates complaining so much about 'emotional labor', why do they force-feed themselves news cycles like these? Maybe they just love to suffer?

The University's director of police put out this statement following backlash over the costume:

"For those who have seen the Halloween costume of one of our officers apparently mocking a citizen who has chosen to take advantage of his constitutional right to protest, I offer my sincere apologies. Members of our profession are held to a higher standard and denigrating another—on or off duty—is insensitive for its lack of respect and lack of understanding on how others may negatively view their actions and may be impacted.

I have heard from many members of our community over the past few weeks that they feel unsafe on campus because of our current social and political climate. Behavior such as this magnifies unsafe feelings and lack of trust in police, especially when that individual is responsible for the safety of all members of the University, regardless of color, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religion. At a time when officers should be heightened in their attentiveness to perception by our community, this act seems extremely out of touch with those sentiments and reflects poorly on all of us.

To regain the trust of our students, and in particular those of color, will be a challenge and will be a priority through continued education, training and conversation."

Folks, it's a stupid Halloween costume. Is the argument that a cop who would wear this tasteless costume would be more likely to oppress students of color? It must be, but if that's the case, then anything short of a societal purge is not sufficient. Do you have any idea how many white Americans make jokes on the level of this costume on the regular, every single day? To get rid of tasteless Kaepernick jokes, you'd have to fire literally everybody.

I just can't see any gain from getting worked up over a Halloween costume, whatsoever. It has no influence on anything. It, like everything else that has to do with these social justice college topics, is a performative issue to break the brains of cultural warriors over while meanwhile the policies responsible for oppression go unchallenged year after year.

It's nothing new.