You may have been reading about the scandal going down at Virginia Military Institute. Recently, some photos of their Halloween party were posted on a website. Above is one of the images, and some of the others, which included fairy drag, Nazis, and tribal blackface can be found at 601am. The photos have inspired an investigation at the school (which issued this message) after being discovered on the Internet. As in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, however, the military is insisting that the costumes involved “a small number” of cadets.
We all know that Halloween was never meant to be a tasteful affair. The question at the heart of this matter is — in what hands does tastelessness become dangerous?
To get a sense of just how inflamed and distorted some of the opinions on this topic are, read some the VMI message boards: