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What Are You Going to Be for Halloween – Black?

Posted on October 28th, 2011 by Alley Pezanoski-Browne 4 Comments

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?

What do you think? Are these costumes offensive?

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4 Responses

  1. Holly says:

    These costumes are NOT offensive. Its a part of our culture to dress up every year for halloween. If you dont like what people are wearing halloween, get over it. Thousands of people are going to wear what they want… to its not unusual.

  2. FridayFRANK says:

    As long as the dressing is worn decently and it does not expose any of the sensitive part of the body [female] and it is not with the intention of abusing any person or group of persons’.
    Speaking as an advocate of moderate dressing.


  3. Ed says:

    I’m a bald white guy. If any black/brown/yellow/red/green/purple/etc. person wants to shave their head and paint themselves white, should I be offended too? I guess in their opinion I should be. Well, I would NOT be. NO one should! Isn’t imitation the sincerest form of flattery? :+) JEEEEEEEZ with all the crap to worry about nowadays, go worry about something important!!!!!!!

  4. Luciaq says:

    I don’t believe that’s offensive, it’s like saying that if I wear a “liqui liqui” (traditional clothes in Vzla) in insulting Vzla. Which it’s NO true.