“We’re a culture, not a costume”

Young Asian woman holding a photo of someone dressed as a geisha, with the words "This is not who I am and this is not okay"

It’s Halloween season folks, and with that also comes the season when politically-minded people cringe at the plethora of offensive halloween costumes that will invariably decorate the shelves. Maya wrote about “sexy” costumes last week.

With that in mind, a really poignant ad campaign, of which the poster below is a part, is circulating the interwebs this season, courtesy of Students Teaching About Racism in Society (STARS) a group from Ohio State University. Their group mission:

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.

Our former Editor Ann Friedman put together a really great non-sexist, non-racist Halloween costume ideas post in 2009. I tried to imitate her last year. Links below!

Some Non-Racist, Non-Sexist Halloween Costume Ideas

Still looking for Halloween costume ideas?

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