The entry featured a black man dressed in a skirt with fairy wings, strapped to a harness that was suspended from the back of a tow truck. Dumas, riding on the float, described the scene to parade goers as “Tyrone the Black Christmas Fairy” who was going to turn “crackers” into Beyonce.
No need to adjust the settings on your computer, or make an emergency appointment with the optometrist, it says exactly what you think it says.
Radio Ink reports that the stunt follows "a familiar pattern: the hosts enrage some of the local citizenry, Showgram fans rally to their defense, the station gets free publicity and then apologizes."
Jennifer Martin of The Greater Raleigh Merchants Association told Radio Ink:
“We were told it would be the ghost of Christmas Present Angel, and he would be floating over the air and not hanging from the back,” Martin said. “I can tell you we are going to have a sit-down with G105 with and their producers.”
Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane wrote on Facebook to a concerned citizen. “Raleigh will not tolerate racism or anything that comes remotely close. This parade is a Raleigh tradition that includes everyone and should be treated as such.”
Jennifer Martin, executive director of the merchants association, said “They apologized for what they’ve done and they regret that what they did was insensitive, and they will not be doing that display again.”
Got that? No racism in Raleigh, so just move along now...nothing to see here.
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