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May 26, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Macklemore is not a racist

The Internet stores our images and ideas. We need to think about how we represent ourselves. We need to do a thorough check on our decisions from every angle. It is fair to say that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis did not when considering what to wear in last week’s surprise performance [“The Macklemore apology drops,” Music / Nightlife, May 19].

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are new to a world that has every movement and decision they make scrutinized. Although somebody who has Macklemore’s best interest should have advised him not to wear his disguise, Macklemore and Lewis should not be called racists. Instead they should be called bad costume decision-makers who did not think about the depths of the public’s desires to pick apart the people who entertain us and who we advocate for only when it makes sense for our own purposes.

Macklemore and Lewis have made it clear through their past and present actions what kind of people they are and strive to be — a racist is not one of them.

Veronica Coons, Seattle

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