It's not okay to reduce an entire culture or ethnicity to a silly caricature -- and that's exactly what Troup County School Board member Debbie Burdette does when she dresses up as an African caricature called "Mama Jama." Burdette uses this character to promote child literacy -- a noble endeavor, for sure. However, many find it racially offensive when Burdette, a white woman, dresses in traditional African clothing to play the "Mama Jama" character. Burdette says that the costume gets the attention of children, but surely she can come up with a costume that is sensitive to multicultural issues. This petition asks the City of LaGrange to remove the "Mama Jama" show from LGTV, the local government channel. Please click on the Petition Letter tab above for more details.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Racially offensive show on local government channel
A commenter made us aware of a local government channel in the city of LaGrange, GA that televises a show where a white woman dresses up as an African caricature called "Mama Jama" and many have found it racially offensive. Click the link below to read more and sign the petition.