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Episode 269 — White Dude In A Dashiki

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#1 July Diaz

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 10:24 PM

The very funny writer/internet person Mike Prochaska aka Tom Oatmeal joins Andrew Ti all this week to answer some racism questions. Today they discuss if it’s okay for a white dude to wear a dashiki. Be sure to call us at (323) 389-RACE to ask if anything is racist.

#2 Joshie

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 09:03 AM

lol @ anyone that thinks its racist to do calavera makeup

we do all souls procession every year here since the 90s, i've done it as a kid and an adult, black, white, brown, everyone marches just the same and no one (in the real world) bitches. at this point i'm 99% sure most of the whacko views on this show/blog come from only dealing with other people through internet tumblr pages and not in the real world. the only chicano/latino/hispanic person i've ever seen in the real world telling a white person they shouldn't participate in the parade was a really doctrinaire catholic saying it was pagan/heretical and participating would make jesus sad

http://azstarnet.com...4bcf887a.html#0 - if you're looking through the pictures and going "ARGH THOSE WHITE OPPRESSORS ARE AT IT AGAIN" instead of how cool it is white ppl can celebrate mexican holidays just like mexicans can celebrate, i dunno, thanksgiving, you have problems

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 02:09 PM

I don't think it's automatically bad to participate in those sort of things, and I would even go with a YOR-style "on the balance it's good," statement on that one. But it can definitely veer into that well-meaning-but-patronizing liberal white racism. So while I think it's probably a positive thing overall for white people to participate in stuff like this, I think they need to be careful not to feel TOO highly of themselves.

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 03:25 PM

White people in calavera makeup is usually ok, but that's pretty much just from Day of the Dead being so close to Halloween that it's like whatever, same shit. That parade looks iffy, actually--I see a lot of white people and no Latinos, which is problematic for an event that openly copies our shit, but maybe that's jus the photographer/editor only choosing white people for close-ups. On the fully terrible end of the spectrum, white people celebrating Cinco de Mayo is almost always fucking racist as shit.