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The Donkey Character in Shrek

***The staff of the Jim Crow Museum receives dozens of letters and emails. Some of these communiques offer insight into race relations -- historically and in the present. While some are hateful, we have decided to share some of these letters and emails with our Internet visitors.***

Hi Dr. Pilgrim,

donkey in shrek

I hope you turn your essays on the website into a book...they are so rich!

Donkey's character in Shrek is now on Broadway here in NY. They chose a man of African-descent to play "Donkey" on stage (Eddie Murphy portrays him in the Hollywood film as you may know)... "Donkey" is a "Coon" caricature, would you agree?

Thomas W. Volscho
Assistant Professor of Sociology
City University of NY-College of Staten Island
-- Sept. 13, 2009