College Students Take Aim at Offensive Halloween Costumes
The Message: "We're A Culture, Not A Costume"
By now you’ve probably gotten your Halloween costumes, but you may want to think twice about what you’re wearing—it could be racially insensitive.
A group of Ohio University students wants to make people think twice about what they wear on Halloween.
Members of the school’s Students Teach About Racism in Society (STARS) have launched a poster campaign against costumes that it feels are racially insensitive.
Each poster has two sentences on it: “We’re a culture, not a costume.” And “This is not who I am, and this is not okay.”
Images show Ohio University students of a different ethnicity holding a photograph of an offensive costume: an African-American female holds a photo of someone dressed as a gangster. An Asian female holds an image of someone dressed up as a geisha. A Mexican male holds a photo of someone in a sombrero, colorful poncho and exaggerated mustache riding a stuffed donkey.
Other images show a Native American costume, and another a Muslim student with a photo of a terrorist costume accessorized with explosives.
The campaign has gained national attention with images of the posters going viral. STARS president Sarah Williams has the images uploaded to her personal Tumblr page. It has generated more than 17,000 notes.
Williams told ABC News, "We want to highlight these offensive costumes because we've all seen them. We just wanted to say, ‘Hey, this is not cool. This is offensive and this shouldn’t be taken lightly.’ It’s offending a culture and people should be aware.”