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Rights Activist: Racially Charged Halloween Costumes 'Hurtful'

Friday, 25 Oct 2013 05:02 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

A group of Ohio college students is spearheading a campaign to get trick-or-treaters to ditch wearing "hurtful costumes" they believe depict racial stereotypes.

"No one goes out on Halloween intending to offend people, but they don't understand that when they put on a costume that is of a particular race and misrepresenting us, it's offensive," Joshelyn Smith, an African-American student at Ohio University, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"Twelve-year-olds are walking the streets on Halloween and they see a costume of a person dressed as an African-American and that's their image of an African-American."

Smith, the secretary of Students Teaching About Racism in Society — STARS — said her group is trying to reeducate those who parade around on Halloween night, "not to make a joke of a culture."

"We would rather you represent a specific person than marginalize a complete culture," she said.

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