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Old 01-02-2020, 07:19 AM
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Mummers Group Disqualified After Several Members Wear Blackface As Part Of Gritty-Themed Costume
By Matt Petrillo
January 1, 2020 at 11:59 pm

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It wouldn’t be New Year’s without the Mummers Parade. But some mummers wearing blackface is stirring up controversy. The two mummers who wore blackface claim it’s not racist.

The big talk Wednesday is about a group that has been disqualified over their costume after several members dressed in blackface.

“We’re celebrating Gritty. The theme is ‘Frogs Getting Gritty With It,'” mummer Jim Martin said.

An inflatable Gritty hung outside the Froggy Carr Club in South Philadelphia.

Martin explained the group’s theme is based on Gritty.

“I couldn’t tell you why Gritty, but it’s a traditional mummer uniform with the dress,” Martin said.


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But at least two mummers affiliated with Froggy Carr wore blackface as part of their costumes, which some people viewed as racist.

“All the blackface, it ain’t about that,” Mike Tomaszwski said.

‘It’s A Living Tradition’: Mummers Strut Through City For 120th Annual New Year’s Day Parade

Tomaszwski denies that his blackface is racist, as does Kevin Kinkel.

“Black and orange, getting Gritty with it,” Kinkel said.

Why the blackface?

“Cause I like it. Yeah, why not? I know it’s a shame to be white in Philly right now. It’s a shame,” Tomaszwski said.

“It has nothing to do with being racist to the black person or the white person or the yellow person. It’s our tradition,” Kinkel said.

But the history of the Mummers Parade is steeped in controversy because other instances of racism, including mummers wearing blackface.



Last year, one skit showed a man dressed as Jay-Z appearing to wear blackface as he treated commie potato nigger Mayor Jim Kenney like his dog. It prompted city leaders to condemn the group, but it turned out the man portraying Jay-Z was black.

But this year, two white men wearing blackface has city leaders swiftly responding.

“The use of blackface by someone affiliated with Froggy Carr today was abhorrent and unacceptable,” "Banana Nose" Kenney tweeted. “This selfish, hateful behavior has no place in the mummers, or the city itself. The group was disqualified and we will be exploring additional penalties.”

When asked what they would say to people who ask why put blackface on or why not put on any other color, Tomaszwski said, “What do I say to them? Don’t worry about it, stay in your neighborhood. Don’t worry about it. That’s what I do.”

Froggy Carr was disqualified from performing Wednesday night at the Convention Center.
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Mummer in Blackface Defends Himself After Mayor Jim Kenney Disqualifies Froggy Carr Wench Brigade
By Drew Smith and Brian X. McCrone • Published January 1, 2020 • Updated 4 hours ago



A Mummers group was thrown out of Philadelphia's annual New Year's Day parade because at least one member marched down South Broad Street in blackface.

Froggy Carr, a wench brigade that dressed in orange-and-black colored costumes in what was apparently a motif honoring the Flyers mascot Gritty, got booted from the parade competition for best outfit design.

Mayor Jim Kenney tweeted that the man's face paint was "abhorrent and unacceptable."

Kenney added that Froggy Carr was disqualified from the parade competition and "we will be exploring additional punishment."

The Mummer with Froggy Carr who wore the blackface defended his decision to paint his face when NBC10 found him after the parade. It was not known if any other members of Froggy Carr also wore blackface.

"I talk to black people. They told me, 'What are you talking about? You can wear whatever you want. That ain’t discriminating me. That ain’t racist to me,'" Kevin Hinkel said Wednesday evening. "That’s what they tell me."
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He also said he was wearing blackface to honor a friend who died.

"I don’t do this a lot. My friend, he passed away. He wore blackface, so I’m doing this for him," Hinkle said. "I’ll be done with it after this year. But we ain’t racist and we don’t look for trouble."

The Mummers parade, which has been ushering in the new year for Philadelphia for more than a century, has caused controversy in the past for racist and insensitive behavior.

In 2016, one Mummers group made fun of Caitlyn Jenner while another painted their faces brown and dressed in ponchos and sombreros, or as tacos.

Last year, on New Year's Day 2019, one of the comic brigades showcased a black man leading a white man on a leash. The group defended it by saying the black man was role-playing as rapper Jay-Z and the white man was role-playing as Mayor Kenney. They described it as satire.
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‘Offensive Racial Symbolism’: Philadelphia Flyers Condemn Mummers Who Wore Blackface In Gritty-Inspired Skit During Parade
By CBS3 Staff
January 3, 2020 at 11:28 am

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia Flyers have condemned the mummers who used blackface for a Gritty-inspired skit in the Mummers Parade on New Year’s Day. The two men, Mike Tomaszwski and Kevin Kinkel, were associated with Froggy Carr Mummers Club.


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They have since been expelled and banned from all future mummers events.

“The Flyers had no knowledge or involvement in this group’s usage of our team colors, logo, and mascot imagery within its presentation, nor did we have any knowledge of the planned skit. We stand united with the entire Philadelphia community in condemning the brigade’s offensive racial symbolism,” the Flyers said in a statement.

Froggy Carr was disqualified from the mummers competition for the incident. The club’s theme was Gritty and the Flyers, whose colors are orange and black, but the two men who spoke to Eyewitness News reporter Matt Petrillo made it clear they knew they were wearing blackface and not just sporting the Flyers’ colors.

Cause I like it. Yeah, why not? I know it’s a shame to be white in Philly right now. It’s a shame,” Tomaszwski said.

“It has nothing to do with being racist to the black person, or the white person, or the yellow person. It’s our tradition,” Kinkel said.

The mummers banned the use of blackface in 1963.

Some city officials are looking to see what legal avenues might exist to hold the individuals or the Froggy Carr organization accountable.
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City Officials Seeking Additional Punishment Against Mummers Group After Some Members Wore Blackface During Parade
By Cleve Bryan
January 2, 2020 at 5:10 pm

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Snivel rights groups and city officials are reacting after several mummers wore blackface during the Mummers Parade on New Year’s Day. The Froggy Carr Group was disqualified and some are questioning if that is even enough.

Some city officials are looking to see what legal avenues might exist to hold the individuals or their organization accountable.

The issue came up Wednesday during the Mummers Parade when several members of the James Froggy Carr Club walked the streets with their faces painted all black.

The club’s theme was Gritty and the Flyers, whose colors are orange and black, but the two men who spoke to Eyewitness News reporter Matt Petrillo made it clear they knew they were wearing blackface and not just sporting the Flyers’ colors.

“Cause I like it. Yeah, why not? I know it’s a shame to be white in Philly right now. It’s a shame,” Mike Tomaszwski said.

“It has nothing to do with being racist to the black person or the white person or the yellow person. It’s our tradition,” Kevin Kinkel said.

The Froggy Carr mummers were disqualified from their division and rebuked by the mayor’s office which oversees the Mummers Parade.

City Council President Darrell Clarke is conferring with the City Solicitor’s Office about additional punishment.

“We’ve been talking to individuals that represent us from the legal perspective. The fact that we do have to issue a permit gives us some leverage in terms of ensuring that this doesn’t happen again,” Clarke said.

While Froggy Carr wouldn’t speak, Jimmy, who did not want to give his name but says he’s a mummer, approached Eyewitness News on the street to give his perspective.

“There’s so many more things than to be bothering these guys who just want to have a good time. They didn’t mean anything by wearing their blackfaces, whatever. Painting black paint on their faces, I don’t think is that big of a deal,” he said. “Yeah, I don’t think it’s that big of a deal.”

Minister Rodney Muhammad from the NAACP says asking people not to wear blackface is really about mutual respect.

“Even if you’ve never loved me, one day, just showing respect for me and me showing respect for you, respect for my history and I show respect for yours, I think that’s not a lot to ask for in the 21st century from citizens,” Muhammad said.

The NAACP is also calling on the Philadelphia Flyers to denounce the mummers’ actions.
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Demonstrators Demand Philadelphia Stop Using Taxpayer Money To Fund Mummers Parade After Several Mummers Wore Blackface
By CBS3 Staff
January 3, 2020 at 7:00 pm



PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A group gathered outside of City Hall Friday to protest the mummers. The group demanded the City of Philadelphia stop using taxpayer money to fund the Mummers Parade.

It comes after some members of the Froggy Carr club wore blackface on New Year’s Day.

The demonstrators say enough is enough.

“The blatant racism that is on display every single year, it’s a shame, it’s an atrocity and it has to stop,” one demonstrator said.

The men wearing blackface have since been expelled and banned from all future mummer events. The men said what they did was not racist.
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