Phi Sigma Kappa at Cal Poly is getting some heat over a recently thrown “Colonial Bros and Nava-Hos” themed party.
Men attending the party — identified in an email as having a “Colonial Bros and Nava-Hos” theme — wore Colonial-era costumes, while women wore sexually explicit Native American-themed attire.
Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong denounced the party in a campuswide email sent Tuesday and announced a university-sponsored forum to be held Friday to allow Cal Poly community members to come together and discuss the impact of the party.
“Let us be clear, events like these have no place in the Cal Poly community and are not reflective of the principles of The Mustang Way,” Armstrong said in his email. “Obviously, this was not a university-sponsored event.”
Can’t blame the righteous people of Cal Poly for getting steamed here. The last thing anyone wants to see over Thanksgiving break is a bunch of socially unaware pricks celebrating the good life at the expense of the American Indian. Really puts a damper on watching the Snoopy parade downtown while the mascot’s wearing his adorable pilgrim hat.
The relationship between the plight of the American Indian and the American Story is a complex one. It’s best to just willfully stay clear from this fact, and instead immediately throw accusations of racism at anyone who gets confused while treading in the murky waters of what behavior is okay, and what’s unacceptable.
Enjoy your morally-unambiguous Thanksgiving weekend, Cal Poly.