University Students Hit ‘Racist’ Halloween Costumes

A group of students from Ohio University has drawn national attention for a poster campaign denouncing what they see as racist Halloween costumes.

Each poster in the series shows an Ohio University student of a different ethnicity holding a photograph of an offensive costume. An Asian girl holds an image of someone dressed up as a geisha. A Mexican boy holds a photo of someone in a sombrero, colorful poncho and exaggerated mustache riding a stuffed donkey . . .

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.”

The posters were created by a 10-student group called STARS, Students Teaching Against Racism. The group’s president is Sarah Williams, 24, a senior majoring in political science. She told she has been shocked by the amount of attention the posters have garnered, but is happy that they have started a national conversation.

“We wanted to highlight these offensive costumes because we’ve all seen them,” Williams said. “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.” (Read more from “University Students Hit ‘Racist’ Halloween Costumes” HERE)

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