Posted on May 8, 2018

Minneapolis Piñata Maker Apologizes After Misperception of Racism

Associated Press, May 7, 2018

A Minneapolis man is apologizing for black piñata figures that he hung by cords from the porch roof of his home.

Victor Chavarria says the figures were piñatas created for a multiracial wedding. Chavarria told Minnesota Public Radio News he left the freshly created piñatas to hang from his home for their paint to dry {snip}.

A photo of the figures appeared on Facebook, sparking online outrage. Chavarria says he called police and asked for extra patrols when officers arrived because he worried about backlash.

Chavarria is a Mexican immigrant who is trying to start a piñata business at his North Minneapolis home. He says he will no longer dry piñatas on his porch.