Just when you think all the political correctness of the world has been said and done you soon find out something else has once again rattled the nerves of the overly sensitive. Now it is hurtful Halloween costumes and its right in our own backyard coming from an Ohio University student group who have came up with a clever poster campaign, "We are a culture, not a costume."
The OU group called STARS - Students Teaching About Racism in Society are challenging holiday celebrators to Halloween costumes that aren't hurtful or offend anyone.
Don't dress up as a geisha girl, a hillbilly (including Duck Dynasty) or even wear a poncho. No cowboys, no Indians and no hippies. Bleeding zombies may be okay, apparently you can't offend the walking dead, but if you dress up as an Indian you might offend Native Americans.
The poster depicts four white students dressed up as various caricatures: one in black face; another in a sombrero and poncho, a third that appeared to be a genie and yet another in a geisha getup. Makes one wonder who is really racist using only four white students in costumes.
The goal is to strike a national conversation on racially insensitive Halloween costumes. Perhaps they should broaden their campaign and boycott stores who sell these costumes.
As a Native American, I am not offended by anyone wearing an Indian costume, go ahead and have a pow-wow.