Controversial poster selling, selling... gone
PONCHATOULA - The controversial poster for the city's upcoming Strawberry Festival has sold out and 1,000 more have been ordered, WWL TV reported Thursday.
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The poster incited controversy last week when it was unveiled. It features two dark figures appearing to be children holding a flat of strawberries. Some have called the image racist.
"Blackface has always been a negative part of our history, because to us it represents that we are considered as nobody," Pat Morris, president of the Tangipahoa Parish NAACP, told the TV station.
But, the poster has become a seller.
"I understand that some people are offended by it and I recognize that. As many people as are offended by it, that many people plus love it," the Ponchatoula Kiwanis Club president said.
However, the poster will not be sold at the festival and no pre-orders are being taken.
Wednesday, the NAACP and festival organizers met to discuss the issue and the Strawberry Festival board apologized for the controversy.
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