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A Racist Halloween

We're a Culture, Not a Costume

The face of Hallowe'en is a-changing. With food allergies and child obesity, the one-day junk food fest is losing its lustre with parents and health professionals.

First there was the anorexia costume, now other costumes are coming under attack.

The Ohio student group, Students Teaching About Racism in Society, has created a poster campaign called “We’re a culture, not a costume.

The five posters feature costumes targeting ethnic stereotypes -- from a geisha to a "bomb-wielding Middle Eastern terrorist" and an African American pimp from the '70s -- bearing the slogan, “This is not who I am, and this is not okay.”

Are the costumes parodies of cultural and historical figures or are they deeply offensive to the ethnic groups they represent?

Is Halloween getting too politically correct and missing the point?