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Campaign launched in America against racist Halloween costumes

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By Ishbel Macleod, PR and social media consultant

October 25, 2011 | 1 min read

A poster campaign has been launched in America by Ohio University student group Students Teaching Against Racism in Society to highlight the racial stereotyping in Halloween costumes.

The 'We're a culture, not a costume' campaign features people of different ethnic minorities holding up pictures of people wearing costumes which prejudice their culture.

The group said the purpose was “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 group president added on her blog yesterday: “We are so proud of all the support but it’s overwhelming; We have less than 10 members in our group.

“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!”

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