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5 years ago, Louis C.K. went on 'Conan' and told a story that explains why we love him.

That time a woman said something racist about Louis C.K. without even realizing it.

5 years ago, Louis C.K. went on 'Conan' and told a story that explains why we love him.

Louis C.K. is the kind of beloved comedian that comes along maybe once in a generation.

He's the producer, star, and writer of the hit semi-autobiographical FX show "Louie," which started its fifth season on April 9, 2015.


In his show and stand-up comedy, he hilariously deconstructs some of the most absurd aspects of American culture.

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Part of why he's able to do this is, to most audiences, C.K. comes off as a fairly typical, All-American, middle-aged white guy.

But here's the thing: Louis C.K. is actually Mexican-American.

Unbeknownst to most people, C.K. grew up in Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. when he was 7 years old. His father is Mexican-Hungarian. He speaks Spanish and holds a Mexican passport.

In 2011, C.K. told a very revealing story on "Conan" about a conversation he had with a woman in Arizona who most likely assumed there was no possible way he could be Latino.



The funny thing? Even after he says it, the woman doesn't stop going on about "Mexicans." Most likely because she still can't quite process that C.K. is telling the truth when he says he is Mexican. Most likely because he looks white. And in her mind, white people can't be Mexican.

(You wan watch the full video here. The important part starts at 2:47).

In a weird way, that disconnect kind of explains what makes Louis C.K. so great.

Because of the color of his skin, C.K. seems like the consummate all-American everyman. An insider. But C.K. actually experienced America as an outsider. Just like many other immigrants, he had to learn English and adjust to a culture very different from his own — including what's great about it, what's not so great about it, and what's not so great about what seems great about it.

He sees prejudice against people who come from the exact same place he comes from. But because his skin is a few shades lighter, he rarely experiences it himself. And not only does he fully recognize what an enormous privilege that is, he uses it to translate the experience of marginalized people to a broad audience who experience him as "one of them."

Those of us who grew up in the U.S. accept so much of our culture — our sensibilities, our mannerisms, and our prejudices — as normal. He experiences the harmful stuff as harmful, the weird stuff as weird, and — maybe most importantly — the hilarious stuff as hilarious.

And that's why he's an international treasure.

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Rivera spent years of her career working within the themes of self and community empowerment with young people — encouraging them to tap into their full potential. Her passion for youth development and female empowerment eventually led her to Girls Inc., where she served as an agent of positive change helping to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.

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Inspiring young women from all backgrounds is why Macy's has continued to partner with Girls Inc. for the second year in a row. The partnership will support mentoring programming that offers girls career readiness, college preparation, financial literacy, and more. Last year, Macy's raised over $1.3M for Girls Inc. in support of this program along with their Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programming for more than 26,000 girls. Studies show that girls who participated are more likely than their peers to enjoy math and science, score higher on standardized math tests, and be more equipped for college and campus life.

Thanks to mentors like Rivera, girls across the country have the tools they need to excel in school and the confidence to change the world. With your help, we can give even more girls the opportunity to rise up. Throughout September 2021, customers can round up their in-store purchases or donate online to support Girls Inc. at Macys.com/MacysGives.

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Earlier this year there was a series of incidents in which Asian-Americans were the targets of racist attacks inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Kaylin St. Victor, a senior at Brentwood High School in New York, is one of those girls. She became involved in the Long Island affiliate of Girls Inc. when she was in 9th grade, quickly becoming a role model for her peers.

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Within her first year in the organization, she bravely took on speaking opportunities and participated in several summer programs focused on advocacy, leadership, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). "The women that I met each have a story that inspires me to become a better person than I was yesterday," said St. Victor. She credits her time at Girls Inc. with making her stronger and more comfortable in her own skin — confidence that directly translates to high achievement in education and the workforce.

In 2020, Macy's helped raise $1.3 million in support of their STEM and college and career readiness programming for more than 26,000 girls. In fact, according to a recent study, Girls Inc. girls are significantly more likely than their peers to enjoy math and science, to be interested in STEM careers, and to perform better on standardized math tests.

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