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    but I would suggest another perspective.  Of course, he is never going to change the mind of the racist who tossed the banana or his cohorts.  But his action spoke to the others in the stadium.  Rather than ignore the taunt and let it persist, he turned it on its head.  He got the last laugh by exposing the act and subverting it.  In this act, he was able to rally together those who are offended by the banana.  

    I have not articulated my point well, but I see it as the difference between a kid being bullied and silently ignoring it and letting it continue to a kid being bullied and calling attention to the act to shift the focus to the bully (ie, calling him out in a manner).  I think the latter approach is more liberating in that creates an opportunity for others to stand up against the bullying.  Remaining in silence condemns one to the same behavior.  (Not that I am faulting those who choose to ignore in silence.  I understand the reasons for taking that approach.)

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