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Why the Term ?Mammy? is Racist

*At the 2015 MTV/Video Music Awards, Miley Cyrus and Snoop Dogg appeared together in a pre-taped segment where Miley introduced her grandmother as her ?real mammy.’  While she was sharing the term of endearment she uses for her white grandmother, her usage of the term had serious racial implications.

Mammy is a term that is inseparable from the painful past of the Black Community ? the era when enslavement was legal and protected by law.

This incident started a huge backlash on Twitter in which many including Chance the Rapper shared their disappointment. He posted a picture of actress Hattie McDaniel from Gone with the Wind, in which she played the role of a slave housemaid and was called mammy.

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