Student Organization Launches Poster Campaign Against Racist Costumes

Ohio University students launched a poster campaign against racist Halloween costumes (Image: STARS)

Halloween is meant to be fun, but on a college campus things can often go too far. It’s this exact reason that an Ohio University student organization is taking a stand against racist Halloween costumes.

Students Teaching Against Racism (STARS) launched a poster campaign to ignite a conversation about offensive costumes—specifically those depicting various racial and ethnic groups. Each poster, which features an OU student holding up a picture of a racial caricature, reads “We’re a culture, not a costume;” followed by: “This is not who I am, and this is not okay.”

The student-crafted posters went viral, garnering over 50,000 visits to Sarah WilliamsTumblr account. The group’s president is shocked at the overwhelming amount of attention the posters are receiving, but glad they’ve been able to spark discourse around the topic.

“We wanted to highlight these offensive costumes because we’ve all seen them,” Williams said to “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.”

The 24-year-old senior adds: “We strive to facilitate a discussion about discipline and racism and educate people and these posters have clearly done this. A lot of people feel racism is dead and it’s not relevant anymore, but that’s not the case.”