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Is there a double standard in defining racist acts?



In today's story by Times media critic Eric Deggans, WWBA-AM 820 morning man Mark Larsen defends his decision to dress in blackface makeup at the start of Wednesday's show. Joined by station news director Roger Schulman, Larsen joked about caking on the cosmetics and launched a number of racially influenced comments.

"I wasn't making fun of black people," says Larsen, saying he wore blackface on his morning radio show to fulfill a bet he lost.

Comments from readers about Larsen's stunt have poured in (only the most recent 35 appear with the story). Which reader comment do you agree with?

Who is Mark Larsen? Is he somebody we should know? Never heard of him.
It is refreshing to see someone in the media NOT conform to the double standard that whites must put up with.
This kind of behavior has to be put to an end.

[Last modified: Monday, May 24, 2010 3:45pm]


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