Maybe you managed to get a Christmas sweater featuring a caricature of Dutch folkloric figure Zwarte Piet, or perhaps you snagged a conical nón lá hat during a trip to Ho Chi Minh City. We get it—you're cultured. But, you become so sidetracked by an item's novelty and quirkiness that you forget all about context. You might think these items give you character, but they actually make you look like a racist. If you happen to be a minority, you actually have it worse. Then, your race becomes your most prominent accessory. "Oh? You're black and you love The Smiths? How novel. You must love Bad Brains too then right?!"