For most, Halloween is a light-hearted holiday where adults can play dress-up and party with abandon. Many exercise their creativity with costumes, choosing celebrities, cartoon characters and inanimate objects to dress as. But there are a few who use Halloween costumes to express their prejudice toward cultural groups under the guise of humor. A group of Ohio University students are finally speaking out about such offensive Halloween costumes.
The group formed an organization called Students Teaching About Racism in Society (STARS) and they created campaigns to combat culturally insensitive and offensive costumes. The campaign features young people from various ethnic groups from Native Americans to African-Americans with costumes lampooning and insulting their culture. We think it’s about time for a campaign as compelling as STARS to address this issue.
What do you think of the STARS campaign? Are they right for taking a stand against culturally insensitive Halloween costumes?