You Wear the Costume, I Wear the Stigma
[Editor's Note: Halloween's just around the corner, and I'm afraid... of the stereotypes that might be perpetuated in this year's crop of costumes. After all, this season we've already seen a variety of racially offensive designs-- and that was just in clothes intended for everyday wear! But as Frances Kai-Hwa Wang blogs at Chicago is the World, the students at Ohio University are once again launching their proactive campaign against racist costumes. --Grace]
However, I am pleased to discover that the courageous “We’re a culture, not a costume” poster series out of Ohio University in Athens are back again this year. Created by Students Teaching About Racism in Society (STARS) last year, this poster series challenged people to stop and think about what they are doing, who they are representing, “This is not who I am, and this is not okay.” This year’s message goes even further, “You wear the costume for one night. I wear the stigma for life.” Representation matters.