Tanning Salon Tax Is Racist— to Whites

Fake-baking 'light-skinned Americans' unfairly targeted
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2010 9:23 AM CDT

The new tax on tanning salons may appear to be a measure to fight skin cancer, but according to yesterday's guest host on Glenn Beck's radio show, it's actually a racist attack on white people. "Who uses tanning?" Doc Thompson railed. "Is it dark-skinned people? I don't think so. I would guess that most tanning sessions are from light-skinned Americans."

Thompson said the impending 10% tax on indoor tanning sessions has made him, as a white person, "feel the pain of racism." And high-flown rhetoric like "racism has been dropped at my front door and the front door of all lighter-skinned Americans" has the Huffington Post calling Thompson "the Rosa Parks of squamous cell carcinoma." (More Glenn Beck stories.)

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