Have a Fun, Safe (and Sensitive to Minority Sensibilities) Halloween!
October 29, 2012 3 Comments
One of the joys the coming of Halloween affords us all is a good laugh at the ridiculous campaigns that have sprung up in recent years asking us to be sensitive about our choice of costume. Here, for instance, is a handy guide on how to inform your companions that their costume is racist. I’m sure you’ll be the most popular guy at the party.
‘We’re a Culture Not a Costume‘ is an annual ‘awareness’ initiative at Ohio University by Students Teaching About Racism in Society (or STARS, which is a good indication of how these people see themselves). Basically, they make some posters every year with a crabby-looking member of a minority group next to a guy clearly more fun to to hang out with than they are, only dressed as a sheikh or something. This year, they’ve noticeably added hillbillies. At first, I thought it was a big joke. The creators of this turd of a campaign are actually serious, and the university endorses their fine work.
Oh, and before you put on that kimono or Arab headdress this year, have a look at this handy awareness checklist from another university: