Super STARS Fight Racism
A group of students from Ohio University who call themselves STARS (Students Teaching About Racism in Society) have launched a poster campaign about racial insensitivity and Halloween costumes: We’re a Culture Not a Costume. Its purpose is to raise awareness about costumes that perpetuate racial/ethnic stereotypes or insult other cultures.
On the STARS website are posters of members holding photographs of costumes the group find offensive. And I must admit they are pretty powerful. But don’t take my word for it. The posters are down below and can be viewed once you’re done reading. Please.
These STARS people are sharp and I can respect their mission: “The purpose of S.T.A.R.S. is to facilitate discussion about diversity and all isms (sexism, class-ism, hetero-sexism, ethnocentrism etc.) with an emphasis on racial issues. We aim to raise awareness about social justice, and promote racial harmony. Our job is to create a safe, non-threatening environment to allow participants to feel comfortable to express their feelings. Our guiding principle is based on the principle ‘Each One Teach One.'”
I couldn’t help bold-facing everything that jumped out at me. And although I sometimes feel people can be too sensitive about things that could easily be laughed off, I want to support these young people for being brave enough to share their feelings with the world. Please check out the posters and consider a visit to the STARS website. You won’t regret it.
Posted on November 1, 2012, in Perspectives and tagged commentary, Costume, current-events, Halloween, Halloween costume, news, Ohio University, perspectives, Poster, racial insensitivity, Racism, Sexism. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.