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Is this racist, part 2: Slavery dress-upSeptember 16, 2010 @ 3:03 am (Updated: 3:46 pm - 3/28/11 )
A report about the Tea Party movement's parade float in Central Washington asked the simple question, "Is this racist?"
KIRO talk host Dori Monson followed up by interviewing the person responsible for the float, who said their message was a statement about the economy, not about race.
A lot of people have been commenting on the story, and although everyone was viewing the same information, people processed it quite differently with one person saying, "Racism can be subjective at times." Some said it was absolutely racist, others thought it was "stupid," but not racist.
One Seattle reader sent me this picture from an event the National Federation of Republican Women held last weekend in South Carolina - which was described as a slavery dress-up party as part of their board of directors meeting.
He rhetorically asks, "I wonder if your readers who thought that wasn't racist, of course it is, would think this is good fun?"
The event was called "A Southern Experience." This photo features S.C. Senate President Glenn McConnell in the center and two actors who were hired to dress as slaves and pose with guests at the Country Club of Charleston.
McConnell defends his appearance in several photos taken by Thomas C. Hanson.
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