But the turban trick didn't only work for Asians. As black Lutheran minister Jesse Routte put it, "I was Jim Crowed here, Jim Crowed there, Jim Crowed all over the place ... And I didn't like being Jim Crowed." So the next time Routte went to Alabama, he threw a turban on his head and started speaking with a Swedish accent. His strange array of racial markers worked like a charm, and confused white people so much that they jumbled their racism and started treating him like foreign royalty.
Similarly, the first black man to have his own TV show did so by pretending to be an Indian guy named Korla Pandit. Born John Roland Redd, he originally changed his name to Juan Rolando to get a job at a radio station. When the ever-fickle white people decided they now hated Mexicans too, he became Korla Pandit the Indian and dodged the uncertain hand of racism once again.