I’d like to offer the following quote I stumbled across today as a rebuttal to the ignorant "funny meme" (Apparently, Gawker thinks its funny too. Pathetic.) thats been developed as a “response” to the BRILLIANT posters released by students at Ohio University above:
White privilege isn’t like a knapsack … it is like a toy box
And White people will scream and cry and throw a tantrum if you so much as threaten to take away one of their toys.
Racist and otherwise offensive Halloween costumes are one of the many toys that White people are used to playing with. It doesn’t matter to them that they have plenty of other toys to play with.
When their playtime with these costumes comes under threat - even rhetorically - they suddenly become the only important toy in the toy box.
Of course, to White people, every toy in the White privilege toy box is important if attention is draw to it. But in that moment of feeling under threat, the only thing that is salient is the toy that might be taken away.
For the record, I was the Vice-President of EBONI, Emerson’s Black Organization with Natural Interests, while a student at Emerson College. I commend the students of STARS at OU for designing such a brilliant and necessary campaign. I sort of wish we could have done something like this at Emerson while I was there.
Image credit: Poster image from the "We’re A Culture, Not A Costume" Campaign produced by STARS, a student group at Ohio University. The organization’s president is on Tumblr at: saucy-sarah.tumblr.com
Quote Credit: Original source: invertebrate-party.tumblr.com.