"Mascotism," as we might name the use of terms, stereotypes, and images, touches on the very difficult issue of colonialism, domination and racism that is so deeply entrenched in American history and society.
Many longtime burners, shocked at the decision by the Burning Man Organization to hold a lottery for tickets, predicted that scalpers would flood the lottery system, overwhelming legitimate buyers. We told you so.
Many people I meet think that reselling a ticket is illegal no matter how it happens. The truth is that it's perfectly legal to sell a ticket at or below the price printed on the ticket in all 50 states.
Today, dozens of scalpers stood alone or in pairs inside the underground tunnel leading out of the subway to the Olympic Green Line. Some held signs asking to buy tickets, but most were looking to sell.