If you’re in doubt about whether or not your Halloween costume is racist, reference the “We’re a Culture, Not a Costume” campaign. Founded by the Ohio University student organization Students Teaching Against Racism (STARS), the movement encourages college kids (who should probably know better) to be culturally aware when selecting costumes.
It’s sad that this is still necessary, but believe it or not, people are still unbelievably ignorant. Like almost every other campaign, it’s become the subject of parody. Even with the efforts of STARS and similar organizations, Halloween costumes and racial insensitivity will continue to go hand-in-oblivious-hand. Despite attempts to educate, some people seem to want to be on the business end of ass-kicking’s that just might be justified.
Ignorance is bliss, right?