Ohio University Sponsors Student Protests Of Offensive Costumes
Ohio University is funding the student protests of offensive costumes. These are Halloween costumes that certain students are calling racially offensive. Such costumes might include a terrorist or a Geisha girl. The group goes by the name STARS or Students Teaching Against Racism in Society. This group produced posters that show what they feel are offensive costumes. What about Freddy Kruger? Do you think he gets offended by costumes of him?
Stephanie Sheeley is a spokesperson for the STARS group and says that people should not dress up to represent a specific culture because that is not who they ALL are. She says it is ok to dress up as a specific person from a group but don't represent a group as a whole.
“Don’t dress up like a Guido,” she said. “That’s offensive to Italian Americans. Don’t dress up in black face. That’s offensive to African Americans.”She goes on to say:
“It’s different if you are saying I’m Snooki or dressing up as Obama,” she said. “It’s difficult when you cross the line between being someone specific and just being a representation of a culture. That’s a lot different than saying I’m a Guido.”
There are so many schools now that are cutting out wearing Halloween costumes because it is disruptive, divisive, emotionally and financially difficult on certain students. Those are words that school supervisors have used to describe why they are not allowing Halloween to be celebrated in school any longer.
Schools in certain districts of California, Oregon, New Jersey, Michigan and others are all down playing holidays such as Halloween this year to provide more "equality" between students.
I personally am so very tired of the political correctness of this country. Last time I checked this was our country they were coming to, they wanted to be AMERICANS they wanted to be a part of something special we have here called FREEDOM. Yet it now seems that WE are offending them and WE can't do what WE have done for ever because it hurts them. If that's the case the door is open for you to go back where you came from. WE shouldn't be afraid to stand and say the Pledge of Allegiance to OUR flag or sing OUR National Anthem. They are AMERICA!
I don't remember ever having these kinds of problems 25-30 years ago when I was in school. It was all in good fun, no one got hurt and it was ok to go get as much candy as you possibly could one night a year. You could dress up however and as whomever you wanted. Those who don't want to participate don't have to, no one is making you do it.