梅西(Macy)在游行队伍“多样化的舞蹈组”中召唤黑人联谊会时遭到抨击’

Macy's under fire after calling Black sorority in parade 'diverse dance group'

Retail giant Macy’s is under fire after calling the Zeta Phi Beta Centennial Steppers a “diverse dance group” in a Thanksgiving Day 鸣叫.

Zeta Phi Beta, founded at Howard University in 1920, was one of the many performing groups at the 梅西百货的感恩节游行 今年.

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What’s that sound, you ask? Why it’s the diverse dance group, Zeta Phi Beta Steppers!” Macy’s exclaimed in a now-deleted tweet. “Performing a special routine they put together to help us celebrate this unprecedented year.

The tweet prompted a response from MSNBC’sThe ReidOuthost Joy Reid who explained that the Centennial Steppers arenot a ‘dance group.'

Zeta Phi Beta is a Black sorority founded at Howard U in 1920 and part of the Divine Nine,” 她说. The Divine Nine is a coalition of nine Black sororities and fraternities that make up the National Pan-Hellenic Council.

社交媒体 users called Macy’s descriptionreductiveand asserted that Macy’s had used the Centennial Steppers.

Pedestrians walk past black curtains along 34th Street meant to block the view of a pre-taping of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in front of the flagship store in New York, 星期三, 十一月. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Pedestrians walk past black curtains along 34th Street meant to block the view of a pre-taping of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in front of the flagship store in New York, 星期三, 十一月. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

I’m tired of businesses using Black entities (including Historically Black Sororities and Fraternities) as a means to look more ‘diverseand accepting,” added @_AwesomeKid. “It’s clear how performative this attempt was, due to your lack of research for your own parade performers.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, 公司. ain’t exist for 100 years just for Macy’s to call them a “diverse dance group,” 说过 @TevonBlair.

Macy’s has since published a separate tweet, without acknowledging the deleted post.

“Look who just STEPPED things up. We loved having@ZPHIBHQ — an international, historically Black Sorority —with us at the #MacysParade for their centennial,” it wrote.

Following the performance, Zeta Phi Beta tweeted a celebratory message to their sisters.

Congratulations again to our Centennial Steppers who performed in the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade this year!” 他们说. “You all were #Finer and represented Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated well!”

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The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has kicked off the holiday season for more than 90 年份, 与 thousands of marchersmore than two dozen floats 并排 performers.

今年, due to coronavirus concerns, the parade was relegated to a one-block radius of 34th Street in front of the Macy’s flagship store in 曼哈顿.

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