Ohio University Group Speaks Out Against Racially Offensive Halloween Costumes On CNN


Ohio University’s Students Teaching About Racism in Society spoke with CNN’s Randi Kaye about their viral campaign against racist Halloween costumes called “We’re a Culture, Not a Costume”. “We feel this is very important because a lot of students are unaware that dressing up or posing as a different culture is very offensive,” said STARS secretary Chrissa Bush. “We want to bring awareness to not only Athens, but to all over the world where people can stop making this mistake and start respecting all ethnicities,”

The group’s posters display various people of color holding up photos of racist costumes such as one with a white Dallas Cowboys cheerleader dressed up as Lil’ Wayne in blackface:

Kaye noted there were some who argued the group was being too sensitive. “Most of the people who do think that we are being too sensitive are people that probably haven’t been discriminated against and haven’t felt the hate and the anger that is being attached to these costumes,” Bush countered. “So we just want people to know that we are not trying to take the fun out of Halloween. we go to a university and halloween is a big deal here. it’s not that we are being too sensitive. we simply want to let people know that this does offend people and although you may not be offended, you may not be aware of that.”

Watch the group discuss its campaign against racist costumes on CNN below:

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