A small group of college students have put their minds and creativity to paper to create something that’s making people around the globe think.
By shades Magazine staff
The students, who attend the Ohio University, are part of the Students Teaching About Racism in Society – or STARS – program. And keeping with the mission “to educate and facilitate discussion about racism and to promote racial harmony and to create a safe, non-threatening environment to allow participants to feel comfortable to express their feelings,” the young people have designed a poster campaign for Halloween that has gone viral on the Internet.
“We’re a Culture, Not a Costume” encourages kids, parents who buy Halloween costumes for their children and adults to think twice about dressing up as someone who represents another ethnic group. After posting the campaign on the OU STARS president’s Tumblr page, it became so popular she had to remove all comments. The students then issued the following statement:
“We are so proud of all the support but it’s their personal tumblrs. Thank you guys so much for the love! The purpose was to educate and create dialogue and it did We have a meeting with a lawyer on Monday so we can protect our posters and the posters will be all over Ohio University’s campus this week! Again, thanks for the support and have a happy Halloween!”
Students Teaching About Racism in Society (STARS) at Ohio University Executive board
So it only took a group of young people to tell the world what’s right and wrong. All we can hope is that people will listen.
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