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More on ethnic Halloween costumes: 'It's not just about a culture...it's about power' (Video)

WAMU's DCentric blog in Washington, D.C. has been covering the debate over whether or not it's acceptable to don ethnic drag, i.e. that scanty PocaHottie or "Arab Shiek" costume, on Halloween.

Last week, the blog featured a poll seeking input from readers. Today they've posted a video in which ColorLines magazine's Jorge Rivas interviews interviews Stephanie Sheeley, the treasurer of Students Teaching About Racism in Society (S.T.A.R.S.).

The Ohio University student group is responsible for the much-publicized (and much-parodied by now) "We're a Culture, Not a Costume" media campaign. Sheeley talks about the campaign and criticism of it, and why it is that costumes which impersonate a marginalized group are deemed offensive by some.

A post last week on Multi-American highlighted an essay from the Native American issues and images blog Native Appropriations that explained the view of the offended. It also offered a few creative alternatives for those who insist on wearing something ethnic.

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