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AP Radio Mardu Gras Reporter: "Up at 4 AM to put on our blackface and Afro wigs"
Doctor Raoul

Posted on 02/24/2009 7:45:47 AM PST by Doctor Raoul

Between the end of Bennett Mornings and the beginning of the Laura Ingraham show, XM166 (America Right) ran AP Radio News with John Belmont.

The last or next to last item was a live report with a female AP reporter at the Mardi Gras by the name of Foster. Belmont asked how parade participants could show up at 6 am and last till midnight. Foster laughed and responded that she had to get up at 4am at the hotel so that they could, "...put on our blackface and Afro wigs."


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alreuters; blackface; macacamoment; mardigras; zuluparade

1 posted on 02/24/2009 7:45:48 AM PST by Doctor Raoul
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To: Doctor Raoul

5 minutes ‘til Sharpton.


2 posted on 02/24/2009 7:47:38 AM PST by SolidWood (Palin: "In Alaska we eat therefore we hunt.")
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To: Doctor Raoul

Bet she’s a coward.
; )


3 posted on 02/24/2009 7:49:17 AM PST by ozark hilljilly (I don't even think I think!)
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To: SolidWood

No way, it’s an AP reporter. White is black, black is white.


4 posted on 02/24/2009 7:50:27 AM PST by WakeUpAndVote (INGSOC started 1.20.09)
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To: Doctor Raoul
Maybe she is black and meant she had to put on make-up.
5 posted on 02/24/2009 7:52:38 AM PST by duckman (Jesus I trust in You. Mary take over)
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To: Doctor Raoul

Bill Bennett is so boring nobody tuned to the channel actually heard this....


6 posted on 02/24/2009 7:54:07 AM PST by Badeye (There are no 'great moments' in Moderate Political History. Only losses.)
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To: Doctor Raoul
It's not racist.

http://www.delcotimes.com/articles/2009/02/23/life/doc49a2842169dc7808611546.txt

Sure, the majority of people marching in Tuesday's parade and riding the 40 floats, will wear, as they always have, blackface, huge afro wigs and grass skirts. But Zulu, the primarily black Mardi Gras organization, once denigrated by the more serious of white Carnival groups, now claims influence extending all the way to the Barack Obama administration, where New Orleans native and former Zulu queen Desiree Glapion Rogers is the White House social secretary.

7 posted on 02/24/2009 7:56:16 AM PST by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: SolidWood

Oh leav’em be. They’re just paying homage to their chosen deity. How else will they have any *hope* of escaping the ravages of the coming hurricane season?


8 posted on 02/24/2009 7:57:35 AM PST by Hegemony Cricket (The emporer has no pedigree.)
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To: Doctor Raoul

Don’t know about Mardi Gras, but nobody beats Rio’s carnivals:

http://www.rio-carnival.net/photos/rio_carnival_photos.php

(click on each photo for more, at your own risk)


9 posted on 02/24/2009 8:12:46 AM PST by Tolik
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To: Doctor Raoul

Sounds like the Zulu Parade. Nothing new... Even the Blacks put on “Black face”.


10 posted on 02/24/2009 8:16:55 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (http://isportsdigest.tripod.com)
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To: Cowboy Bob
Yep, it's Zulu. No other carnival organization uses (or could get away with using) the blackface makeup. Some fifteen years ago, I looked up at a Zulu float that had stopped in front of me, and there was Robin Williams in blackface and grass skirt. There's no mistaking those eyes. He looked down at the same time and must've seen the look of recognition on my face, because he smiled and raised a finger to his lips.

I wonder how many liberal white celebs have been in that parade, unannounced? (Yeah, Ted Danson is the easy guess...)

11 posted on 02/24/2009 8:26:08 AM PST by Charles Martel ("Endeavor to persevere...")
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To: Doctor Raoul
Today's the day....Fat Tuesday.

Laissez le bon temps roulet!

12 posted on 02/24/2009 8:27:12 AM PST by capt. norm (Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.)
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To: Charles Martel

All it would take to end that is for one conservative to do it.

The reporter had options, yet she picked this one out of all the marching organizations.


13 posted on 02/24/2009 8:40:21 AM PST by Doctor Raoul (New Obama Mantra, "Screw World Peace, I'll Buy You A Pony.")
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To: Charles Martel
I believe that Louis Armstrong was the King of Zulu many years ago...

If you look closely, you'll notice that there are more than just a few Whites riding in Zulu. When I was living in New Orleans during most of the '80s, it was considered an honor, of sorts, to be allowed to ride in Zulu. I knew of some Whites who did.

14 posted on 02/24/2009 8:45:46 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (http://isportsdigest.tripod.com)
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To: Badeye

Not sure what you are talking about. Bill Bennett is far from boring. He is a very good talk show host and I look forward to listening to him on my way to work every day. I believe that his approach of candor, intelligence and good will makes for entertaining conservative talk radio. He is a great interviewer and is very well read and thoughtful in his discussions.


15 posted on 02/24/2009 8:49:39 AM PST by kevinm13 (Tim Geithner is a tax cheat. Manmade "Global Warming" is a HOAX!)
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To: kevinm13

‘Not sure what you are talking about. Bill Bennett is far from boring. ‘

I’d say actually you clearly know what I’m talking about, and just disagree with my view.

No big deal.


16 posted on 02/24/2009 8:50:53 AM PST by Badeye (There are no 'great moments' in Moderate Political History. Only losses.)
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To: capt. norm

“Fat Tuesday” is a slur against People of Mass. I’m offended. Pay me.


17 posted on 02/24/2009 8:51:12 AM PST by Doctor Raoul (New Obama Mantra, "Screw World Peace, I'll Buy You A Pony.")
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To: Doctor Raoul

In the Zulu Parade in New Orleans, even the Blacks wear blackface and Afro wigs.


18 posted on 02/24/2009 8:52:18 AM PST by CholeraJoe (The mind is its own place, and in itself, Can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.)
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To: Cowboy Bob
When I was living in New Orleans during most of the '80s, it was considered an honor, of sorts, to be allowed to ride in Zulu. I knew of some Whites who did.

Though I didn't personally know anyone who rode in that parade, I was aware of that.

In general, it's best not to take anything about Mardi Gras too seriously; it's supposed to all be in good fun. That's why Dorothy Mae Taylor and her crusade to bust up the old-line (subtext: "white") Krewes was so offensive. Private club means *private* club, just like Zulu still is to this day.

19 posted on 02/24/2009 8:53:41 AM PST by Charles Martel ("Endeavor to persevere...")
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To: Doctor Raoul
Ah, yes, Zulu. The only way white folks could ever dress like that in New Orleans and make it past the cops, the Muslims and most of the locals.
20 posted on 02/24/2009 9:20:31 AM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?)...Happy Mardi Gras!)
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To: Charles Martel
That's why Dorothy Mae Taylor and her crusade to bust up the old-line (subtext: "white") Krewes was so offensive.

What ever happened with that? I did hear that Rex was forced to take in some Black members.

Did Dorothy Mae try to force the Tchoupitoulas Indians to take on any White members?

21 posted on 02/24/2009 9:43:49 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (http://isportsdigest.tripod.com)
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To: CholeraJoe
In the Zulu Parade in New Orleans, even the Blacks wear blackface and Afro wigs.

That would make a liberal's head explode.

22 posted on 02/24/2009 10:11:32 AM PST by Doctor Raoul (New Obama Mantra, "Screw World Peace, I'll Buy You A Pony.")
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To: Doctor Raoul
Foster laughed and responded that she had to get up at 4am at the hotel so that they could, "...put on our blackface and Afro wigs."

Sounds like they were going to participate in the Zulu parade, which starts at the docks at the crack of dawn. Nothing racist about it.

23 posted on 02/24/2009 10:34:15 AM PST by SuziQ
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To: TornadoAlley3

Do they still throw coconuts at parade goers?


24 posted on 02/24/2009 10:36:37 AM PST by SuziQ
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To: TornadoAlley3
The reference to black-face makeup was benign and unique to the Zulu parade during Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

The Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club has been an honored if off beat feature of Mardi Gras in New Orleans for decades. Zulu was originally all black and blue collar, but in recent years has admitted whites, professionals, and affluent businessmen.

Despite Zulu's new cachet, by long tradition, to spoof the elitist features of Mardi Gras, Zulu members on parade wear grass skirts and minstrel style black-face makeup with white highlights. As a concession to tamer times, Zulu members no longer throw their prized painted coconuts to parade crowds but pass them out along the route.

Here is the official history note for Zulu:

http://www.kreweofzulu.com/Krewe-Of-Zulu/History-Of-the-Zulu-Social-Aid-&-Pleasure-Club.html

25 posted on 02/24/2009 10:50:06 AM PST by Rockingham
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To: Cowboy Bob
What ever happened with that? I did hear that Rex was forced to take in some Black members.

Rex did sign the ordinance. I don't recall the percentages required, but I believe Rex is complying. When Taylor pushed that stuff through in 1992, Comus, Proteus and Momus (three of the oldest carnival krewes) refused to participate and retired from parading. Three or so womens' organizations folded that same year - can't recall those names.

Some years later, Proteus caved and signed the ordinance so they could resume parading.

I believe Dorothy Mae's target wasn't originally the carnival krewes, but the old private luncheon clubs downtown. When the clubs wouldn't budge, she went after the parades with which the the same people were involved.

Hers was a Phyrric victory, because while the carnival clubs became "open to new members", most of the luncheon clubs simply shut down.

26 posted on 02/24/2009 12:28:20 PM PST by Charles Martel ("Endeavor to persevere...")
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