What you don’t expect at a fair is to come face to face with a bigot…well one family in Memphis got that and much more.
The NY Daily News reports:
Racism is no laughing matter.
A clown at the Memphis Delta Fair lost his job after allegedly taunting an African-American family from Atoka, Tenn., with racial epithets on Labor Day.
“We heard over the loud speaker someone said, ‘Hey nappy head,’” Tanya Jones told WMC. “When we heard that we looked at each other because we didn’t know who they were talking to.”
The voice came from a man sitting on a bench in the dunk tank who was supposed to hurl lighthearted insults at festival-goers, coaxing them to participate in the game.
Players try to throw balls at a target that drops the clown’s bench — sending him or her into the water.
But Jones’ family feels this clown crossed a line.
“He was like, ‘Yeah I’m talking to you, Sheneneh … you look unbeweavable,’” Mario Curry said to the station.
Jones said she was with her extended family with children as young as 8 at the time.
“I’ve never experienced anything like that before. I was really humiliated,” Jones said.
After learning about the incident, the Delta Fair reimbursed the family’s more than $100 entrance fees, fired the unidentified employee and replaced him with a new clown.
“We try to promote the Delta Fair as clean, safe and family friendly,” Delta Fair President Mark Lovell told the station. “We try to keep the comments fun without sexual and racial connotations.”
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