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WE’RE A CULTURE, NOT A COSTUME.

Students Teaching Against Racism (STARS), a student organization at Ohio University, have started a beautiful campaign with the following mission statement:

To educate and facilitate discussion about racism and to promote racial harmony and to create a safe, non-threatening environment to allow participants to feel comfortable to express their feelings.

The campaign used the following posters to spread their message:

Melissa, the source blog author said:

These posters act as a public service announcement for colored communities. It’s about respect, human dignity, and the acceptance of other cultures (these posters simply ask people to think before they choose their Halloween costume). Although some Halloween costumes aren’t as racist as the blackface minstrel shows back in the day, they harken to similar prejudices. What these costumes have in common is that they make caricatures out of cultures, and that is simply not okay.

Source: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.