Since we’re about to head down the tunnel of fuckery that is Halloween weekend (and just in case you haven’t heard of it yet), I wanted to give some extra shine to the “We’re a Culture, Not a Costume” campaign.
Maybe you and your friends have been bitching for years about racist costumes, or feeling a sense of dread every October in anticipation that there will always, ALWAYS be at least one person who has to show up to the party in black face or as a polyester geisha or sheik or Cherokee princess trashbag.
Well, an Ohio University student group called STARS (Students Teaching About Racism in Society) took action — creating an educational campaign that is elegantly rendered, to the point, and includes a diversity of ethnicities that are mimicked every Hallow’s Eve. The campaign has hit a nerve, quickly going viral on social media and attracting national press.
So this Halloween, if you see some trick in a rice paddy hat, instead of sputtering clumsily or throwing your middle finger in their face (like I did last year), you’ll have a wonderful, pithy slogan to summon: “We’re a culture, not a costume…dickweed!” (Dickweed optional. I guess).