Students at Ohio University have launched a campaign to build awareness and create discussion about racially offensive Halloween costumes – “We’re a culture, not a costume”. They are a part of the group S.T.A.R.S., or Students Teaching About Racism in Society:
Jelani Cobb, a professor of Africana studies at Rutgers University says that the costumes above and others like them reflect “the belief that these people aren’t quite equal to what we are or aren’t as American as we are or that you as a person who’s not a member of that group should be able to dictate how painful the stereotype should be.”
You can be Batman or a historical figure you admire, or a character from your favorite TV show. With so many choices, why dress as a racial or ethnic group?