racist caricature

A father said a rider tossed his child this racist caricature during the Adonis Mardi Gras parade Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020

State Sen. Troy Carter, D-New Orleans, filed a bill that if passed would ban throwing "hate-related" objects during Mardi Gras parades. 

The bill would ban the throwing of any objects that "suggest the supremacy of one ethnic, religious, or racial group over any other, or gives honor or praise to any violent actions," according to the bill.

This proposed bill comes less than two weeks after a father was shocked when his son caught a caricature of a black man holding a watermelon, a racist trope, at the Mystic Knights of Adonis parade in Gretna on Feb. 15.

The bill proposes a fine between $300 and $1,000 and imprisonment for 10 to 90 days. If the parade or person who violated the proposed law cannot be identified, then the organization will be fined $1,000 for the first offense and up to $5,000 for the third offense.

A hate crime investigation is underway in Mississippi after a 12-year-old girl received a black doll with beads forming a noose around its neck at a Mississippi Gulf Coast Mardi Gras parade.

The 2020 regular legislative session opens March 9. This bill is in the prefiling stage, and will have to be pass through both the House and Senate with a majority vote to become law.