hoop skirts

According to recent reports, the University of Georgia implemented a new policy that prohibits students from wearing hoop skirts during activities organized by certain Greek clubs on campus. The garment, popular during the same period in which slavery in the American South was commonplace, has been deemed inappropriate by two university councils.
Students reportedly received a notification earlier this month from the presidents of the school’s Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Council informing them that hoop skirts will not be allowed “in the context of some events,” prompting a swift reaction from many students.
Furthermore, the two council leaders explained they are not finished analyzing popular outfits for any sign of possible insensitivity “to ensure the appropriateness for our organizations.”
One of the more outspoken opponents of the ban explained his position to Campus Reform.
UGA College Republicans Vice Chairman Brennan Mancil highlighted the tenuous connection school officials have made between a particular garment and support of slavery.
He said such fashion “is an historical expression, not a political statement.”
Mancil went on to clarify that hoop skirts have been around for nearly a half millennium, adding that their resurgence in popularity during pre-Civil War America is no reason to attach to them a racial stigma.
“If the logic for banning hoop skirts extended to other social practices,” he reasoned, “then we ought to ban mint juleps and chewing tobacco, both of which also became popular during the Antebellum.”
Comments left in reaction to the Campus Reform article indicate Mancil’s concerns are shared by plenty of other Americans.
“This is ridiculous,” one reader wrote. “They wore hoop skirts in the North too. What, exactly, does a style of clothing have to [do] with slavery? I am so tired if [sic] all this PC crap.”
Another commenter apparently thought an absurd policy deserved an absurd suggestion.
“Lets [sic] just ban white students all together,” he wrote.