Indignation after the Florida police have fundraising with an & # 39; African safari & # 39; theme, with a man in black face depicted next to the city's MAYOR
- Fundraiser & # 39; Senior fashion show & # 39; was held on September 20 in Medley, Florida
- A 78-year-old man celebrated the theme & # 39; African safari & # 39; by attracting Blackface
- The mayor of Medley caused indignation by posing for a photo with the darkened man
- Local NAACP president says the incident is offensive and & # 39; has bad taste & # 39;
A Florida police department is under fire after a fundraiser participant had put on Blackface makeup and posed for a photo with the mayor of the city.
The unidentified 78-year-old man wearing blackface at the September 20 event held by the Medley Police Department is not a police officer, but attended the annual fashion show of the senior department.
This year's theme was & # 39; African safari & # 39; and photos of the event obtained by WPLG TV show the darkened retired person posing next to a smiling Medley mayor Roberto Martell.
& # 39; It shows absolute ignorance but, more importantly, it displays racial insensitivity & # 39 ;, said Ruban Roberts, president of the NAACP in Miami-Dade County, in an interview with the ABC branch.
The unknown man in Blackface is seen posing for a photo with Medley Mayor Roberto Martell at the annual senior fashion show of the Medley Police Department on September 20
The 78-year-old pensioner responded to the theme & # 39; African safari & # 39; by turning black
Medley, a small town in northwestern Miami-Dade, is about 92 percent Spanish and about 1 percent black according to the 2010 census. .
During last week's event, images from social media show that the man in Blackface was welcomed by participants and even won a prize.
& # 39; Medley police have been running our senior fashion show for 19 years & # 39 ;, said Jeanette Said-Jinete, chief of Medley police, in a statement.
& # 39; This event brings together our seniors to promote the community and have fun. This year's theme was African Safari and unfortunately, a 78-year-old participant who was dressed improperly and clearly did not understand how others might be offended. We apologize for this and regret the incident, & the statement continued.
Photos on social media even show the man who proudly shows a prize of the event
Other costumes from the event can be seen in this photo shared by the Medley Police Department
Images on social media show a man in blackface who dances and is welcomed. He even received a prize at the fashion show.
Mayor Martell, who was reached outside the city by the Miami Herald, said & # 39; there was no malice & # 39 ;.
& # 39; This was one of our seniors who dressed up, & # 39; he said. & # 39; We have never wanted to hurt anyone's feelings. & # 39;
He said he planned to meet with the NAACP this week.
Roberts from the NAACP told the newspaper that he was looking forward to meeting the mayor, and that the incident was offensive and & # 39; had a bad taste & # 39 ;.
& # 39; It's sad in 2019 that we're dealing with this & # 39 ;, said Roberts. & # 39; We must be over here. There is no point. & # 39;
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