*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.
*A Wisconsin school has apologized for giving students an “insensitive” homework assignment that asked fourth grade students to “List three good reasons for slavery, and three bad ones.”
The parent of a Black student took issue with the assignment; and placed it on Facebook, calling it offensive.
It was then that Our Redeemer Lutheran School in Wauwatosa drew up a statement addressing the incident and agreeing that the assignment was indeed “offensive.”
The statement read, “Our Redeemer regrets deeply an unjustifiable assignment on slavery earlier this week,” Principal Jim Van Dellen said in a statement to the Associated Press on Thursday. The statement went on to say that the church and school “work hard to promote the human dignity of all people, and this assignment did not reflect our core values or practices.”
The parent who brought the issue to the forefront is Trameka Brown-Berry, and the reason the school gave her for issuing the assignment could actually make sense if it wasn’t so downright insensitive.
Brown-Berry said the school wanted children to think about why white people thought it was a good idea at one time to own slaves.