Skip to comments.AP Radio Mardu Gras Reporter: "Up at 4 AM to put on our blackface and Afro wigs"
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."
5 minutes ‘til Sharpton.
Bet she’s a coward.
No way, it’s an AP reporter. White is black, black is white.
Bill Bennett is so boring nobody tuned to the channel actually heard this....
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.
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?
Don’t know about Mardi Gras, but nobody beats Rio’s carnivals:
(click on each photo for more, at your own risk)
Sounds like the Zulu Parade. Nothing new... Even the Blacks put on “Black face”.
I wonder how many liberal white celebs have been in that parade, unannounced? (Yeah, Ted Danson is the easy guess...)
Laissez le bon temps roulet!
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
“Fat Tuesday” is a slur against People of Mass. I’m offended. Pay me.
In the Zulu Parade in New Orleans, even the Blacks wear blackface and Afro wigs.
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.
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?
That would make a liberal's head explode.
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.
Do they still throw coconuts at parade goers?
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:
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.
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