College Students Find Ethnic Stereotype Halloween Costumes Offensive – Do You? [POLL]
Moms and dads – hide the cowboys and Indians costumes – they’re about to be banned from the list of what to dress your kids up for this Halloween.
Because soon the political correct BS will be starting to trickle down from college campuses.
Like at Ohio University, where the organization “Students Teach About Racism in Society” or STARS has launched a poster campaign discouraging anyone from masquerading as an ethnic stereotype.
In other words, no “Pancho Villa” getup complete with sombrero and bottle of Corona. No Asian geisha girls. No Italian mobsters or members of the cast of “Jersey Shore” (although they already look like they’re in costume.)
I don’t know – add in your own ethnic stereotype and I’m sure STARS will find it offensive.
A group of Ohio University students wants to make people think twice about what they wear on Halloween.
Members of the school’s Students Teach About Racism in Society (STARS) have launched a poster campaign against costumes that it feels are racially insensitive.
Each poster has two sentences on it: “We’re a culture, not a costume.” And “This is not who I am, and this is not okay.”
Images show Ohio University students of a different ethnicity holding a photograph of an offensive costume:
An African-American female holds a photo of someone dressed as a gangster.
An Asian female holds an image of someone dressed up as a geisha. A Mexican male holds a photo of someone in a sombrero, colorful poncho and exaggerated mustache riding a stuffed donkey.
Other images show a Native American costume, and another a Muslim student with a photo of a terrorist costume accessorized with explosives.
The campaign has gained national attention with images of the posters going viral. STARS president Sarah Williams has the images uploaded to her personal Tumblr page. It has generated more than 17,000 notes.
Williams told ABC News, “We want to highlight these offensive costumes because we’ve all seen them. We just wanted to say, ‘Hey, this is not cool. This is offensive and this shouldn’t be taken lightly.’ It’s offending a culture and people should be aware.”
I wonder sometimes who designates what is and what’s not offensive. Is there some mutation that takes place once someone steps foot on a college campus.
There the world is nirvana. Everyone loves everyone else. Hurt doesn’t exist. Anything deemed offensive is banned from one’s speech and comportment.
And fun, in whatever form, goes to die!
I did a little digging yesterday because at some point you know costumes like these will be deemed racist.
According to dictionary.com, the definition of racist is as follows:
Definition of Racist:
1.a person who believes in racism, the doctrine that a certain human race is superior to any or all others.
1. the belief that races have distinctive cultural characteristics determined by hereditary factors and that this endows some races with an intrinsic superiority over others
2. abusive or aggressive behavior towards members of another race on the basis of such a belief
Wearing a costume depicting a stereotype of another ethnic group doesn’t seem to fit the definition of racist. Parody perhaps – which to me would mean “all in good fun!”
But on college campuses, and coming soon to a community near you, parody, or whatever you want to call it will have been killed off by the politically correct police.
Do you feel dressing in an ethnic stereotype costume to be offensive or all in good fun?