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  1. Joe
    July 10, 2015 @ 12:42 am

    “The origins of the use of the costume are unclear. Such garments have been traditionally used in festivities such as Holy Week, symbolizing the act of penance. In Spain and its former territories, which included parts of the United States.”

    This leaves me wondering. Does this mean the Klan nicked the pointy hat look from their olive skinned ‘Mexican’ non-Arian cousins, who I presume they hate as much as they hate everyone else who isn’t just like them? Now that would be an irony.
    People of Spain are white, idiot.


  2. Alan Gandy
    July 10, 2015 @ 11:30 am

    The implication being that the traditions of the ‘white’ Spanish may well have transferred to the
    US via M-E-X-I-C-O….

    Did anybody ever tell you it’s rude to call people an idiot?


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