Survivor race war update: two go home, all the whites and just one Latino remain

The media may have dismissed Survivor Cook Islands‘ racial twist after the tribes merged, but as the weeks pass, racial divisions are still clear. Last night, Sundra told us that “Cao Boi has this theory that the white alliance is going to take over the game.” Cao Boi tried to have the tribe vote against two of its white members, but instead, he became the first Asian person voted off.

This week saw both tribes visiting Tribal Council, and after Aitu voted off Cao Boi, Raro voted Cristina–the police officer perceived as being controlling–off their island. With her exit, there is now just one member of the original Latino tribe left: Ozzy.

Again, just looking at the numbers broken down by race doesn’t tell the full story; last week, Stephannie went home because she had, for two straight weeks, told others of her desire to go home. She should have been voted out and would have been regardless of her season or race.

Still, because it’s sensational and fuels conspiracy theories, here’s the breakdown as of week six. Number of people voted off by original tribe membership:

  • Aitu (Latino): 4
  • Hiki (black): 2
  • Puka (Asian): 1
  • Raro (white): 0

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