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NBC's Lost 'Soul' ('Racist' Menu At NBC Stirs Controversey)
New York Post ^ | February 5, 2010 | JEANE MacINTOSH and CHRISTINA CARREGA

Posted on 02/05/2010 5:05:20 AM PST by DogByte6RER

Edited on 02/05/2010 5:20:31 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

A special NBC Black History Month lunch spread -- featuring fried chicken, collard greens and black-eyed peas -- sparked a commissary controversy yesterday, but the African-American chef who planned it doesn't understand the fuss.

"All I wanted to do was make a meal that everyone would enjoy -- and that I eat myself," NBC cook Leslie Calhoun told The Post last night.


(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: blackhistory; blacks; friedchicken; hypersensitivity; liberalguilt; liberalprogressivism; menu; multicult; nbc; pc; pokesaladannie; politicalcorrectness; racecard; racist; racistchef; soulfood; whiteguilt; yardbird
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I think a similar controversey occurred recently in Colorado in which a school district posted a similar menu for MLK day...
1 posted on 02/05/2010 5:05:20 AM PST by DogByte6RER
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To: DogByte6RER

Imagine if this was on the menu at NewsCorp? Oh, my.


2 posted on 02/05/2010 5:07:09 AM PST by nhwingut (Palin/Bachmann '12)
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To: DogByte6RER

Stupidest conspiracy of this Century.


3 posted on 02/05/2010 5:07:48 AM PST by BallyBill (WARNING:Taking me serious could cause stress related illness.)
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To: DogByte6RER

How can food be racist?


4 posted on 02/05/2010 5:08:56 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (I was born in America, but now I live in Declinistan.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Is it racist for me to watch Cooking with the Neelys?


5 posted on 02/05/2010 5:09:17 AM PST by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG 49) "Freedom's Fortress")
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To: DogByte6RER

http://michellemalkin.com/2010/02/04/mlk-black-history-month-and-cuisine-correctness/


6 posted on 02/05/2010 5:13:07 AM PST by ltc8k6
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To: DogByte6RER

The menu is not racist - it’s typical southern black food. Are people offended if the have tacos on May 5th?


7 posted on 02/05/2010 5:13:34 AM PST by reg45
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To: DogByte6RER
As a Southern white man, I'm sick to death of PC controversies such as this over food items that have been a part of our heritage for generations. I love fried chicken and I love watermelon, who the hell decided that race has anything to do with it??!!

It ain't a black or white thing, this is a Southern thing.

8 posted on 02/05/2010 5:13:53 AM PST by lovecraft (Specialization is for insects.)
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To: DogByte6RER
As a Southern white man, I'm sick to death of PC controversies such as this over food items that have been a part of our heritage for generations. I love fried chicken and I love watermelon, who the hell decided that race has anything to do with it??!!

It ain't a black or white thing, this is a Southern thing.

9 posted on 02/05/2010 5:13:55 AM PST by lovecraft (Specialization is for insects.)
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To: DogByte6RER
"Questlove, who I serve every day and who enjoys my food, requested the neck bone [cooked in] the black-eyed peas and fried chicken, then got off the line, saying, 'This is racist,' " she said.

What a jerk. I guess he thinks it's hilarious to slander the lady who works hard to cook his food every day.

10 posted on 02/05/2010 5:15:06 AM PST by thecabal (Destroy Progressivism)
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To: nhwingut

That meal sounds good to me!


11 posted on 02/05/2010 5:17:04 AM PST by screaminsunshine
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To: DogByte6RER

This is stoooopid! The people that should be ashamed are the ones that were “offended”.


12 posted on 02/05/2010 5:18:51 AM PST by tsmith130
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To: neodad

Love that show. I live in Alabama and several of my black colleages took me to one of the best soul food resturants in the area yesterday for my birthday. Menu: Fried catfish and chicken, collards, field peas, cornbread, etc.

This food thing is just ridiculous. What we whites call ‘country cookin’ is the same food as soul food down here. Hell, we all have heart disease, but I sure had a good time yesterday.

Like an old country fella told me once: “Southern cookin’ is the best in the world, but ‘hit’ll kill ya.”


13 posted on 02/05/2010 5:18:54 AM PST by Matt Hatter
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To: DogByte6RER

Perhaps, and with any luck the Leftist inspired “Racist” crap will finally be dealt a death blow by the very people the Left have been brazenly using as a tool for their projects for so long.

It’s a nice dream, but Jackson and Sharpton, and their ilk will probably not let it happen. It’s their livlihood at stake.


14 posted on 02/05/2010 5:19:15 AM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...Call 'em What you Will, They ALL have Fairies Living In Their Trees.)
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To: lovecraft

Chittlins and collard greens too?


15 posted on 02/05/2010 5:20:13 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: lovecraft

I have eaten plenty of this food, and it’s damned good.

To a rich white Yankee it might be racist , but to this down home country boy, it’s just food.


16 posted on 02/05/2010 5:20:25 AM PST by Venturer
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To: DogByte6RER

Heh, and having an Irish meal on Saint Patricks day is RACIST!


17 posted on 02/05/2010 5:21:11 AM PST by Woebama (Never, never, never quit)
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To: DogByte6RER

The most offensive part of this article is that Jimmie Fallon has his own television show.


18 posted on 02/05/2010 5:21:22 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Matt Hatter

Collard greens are tasteless compared to turnip greens. I had some turnip greens last night that had so much flavor I didn’t even reach for the pepper sauce.


19 posted on 02/05/2010 5:22:53 AM PST by Drawsing (The fool shows his annoyance at once. The prudent man overlooks an insult. (Proverbs 12:16))
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To: reg45
The menu is not racist - it’s typical southern black food. Are people offended if the have tacos on May 5th?

It’s typical Southern food...............It ain't black unless you burned it or are a CAJUN...................

20 posted on 02/05/2010 5:22:56 AM PST by Red Badger (Education makes people easy to lead, difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.)
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To: rockinqsranch

This is not unlike the school that created a lunch in honor of Dr King. They did research to find out his favorite foods. Then they created a menu. it was similar: Good southern style food.

The sign lasted about five minutes.

This is just stupid.


21 posted on 02/05/2010 5:23:00 AM PST by Vermont Lt (I am light skinned and don't speak with a dialect. Can I be President?)
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To: DogByte6RER

1.2M twitter followers for Jimmy Fallon’s drummer?

But this is at the core of the whole multicultural-sensitivity thing. On the one hand, ‘trainers’ would like to re-educate the population against stereotypes (such as Latinos tending to be late) then on the other hand they want to re-educate the population to cultural differences (such as Latinos having a different sense of time). It really is a double-bind.


22 posted on 02/05/2010 5:23:24 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: lovecraft

Exactly. Racist New Englanders, New Yorkers, Chicagoans, etc. think Southern foods are “black” foods.

Every kid growing up in Georgia lives on homemade fried chicken, corn bread, grits, collard greens, green beans, mac & cheese, watermelon, sweet peas, black eyed peas, kool-aid, iced tea, corn on the cob, pecan pie, and pork chops.

There happen to be a lot of black people in the south, so when I moved out of the south I learned those were “black” foods.


23 posted on 02/05/2010 5:23:42 AM PST by BobbyT
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To: lovecraft

I have loved watermelon my whole life and as a youngster never understood why liking watermelon was disparaged by some people.


24 posted on 02/05/2010 5:24:06 AM PST by ontap
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To: Drawsing

My favorite greens in order: Turnip (with turnips), Mustard, Collards, Spinach...............


25 posted on 02/05/2010 5:24:21 AM PST by Red Badger (Education makes people easy to lead, difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.)
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To: dead

HOMER: Bart, what are you laughing at? And you better not say ‘Jimmy Fallon’!


26 posted on 02/05/2010 5:24:35 AM PST by Oratam
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To: BobbyT

......and banana puddin’................


27 posted on 02/05/2010 5:25:03 AM PST by Red Badger (Education makes people easy to lead, difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.)
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To: lovecraft

I have loved watermelon my whole life and as a youngster never understood why liking watermelon was disparaged by some people.


28 posted on 02/05/2010 5:25:09 AM PST by ontap
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To: Drawsing

I’ll eat them all. I haven’t tried the Clampett’s favorite, dandelion greens yet...but there’s always a chance given Obama’s economic policies, I may have to resort to cooking them instead of spraying them with Roundup.


29 posted on 02/05/2010 5:26:06 AM PST by Matt Hatter
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To: DogByte6RER
Here's the chef who created the "racist" meal:

30 posted on 02/05/2010 5:26:39 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Big government more or less guarantees rule by creeps and misfits.)
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To: Drawsing

Collards have a better texture than turnip greens.


31 posted on 02/05/2010 5:27:03 AM PST by ontap
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To: DogByte6RER

No watermelon?


32 posted on 02/05/2010 5:28:15 AM PST by maggief
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To: DogByte6RER

Some people need to get a life.
Leslie Calhoun showed them what real food is. :-)


33 posted on 02/05/2010 5:28:42 AM PST by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: 9YearLurker
Chittlins and collard greens too?

Black eyd peas, butter beans, ham hocks, chicken and rice, corn bread, homemade biscuits and gravy, fatback, hoecakes(real racist that one), fried cat fish, hushpuppies, calabash ANYTHING...ummm hmmmm.

Praise Lawd, that's some good eatin'.

34 posted on 02/05/2010 5:29:28 AM PST by lovecraft (Specialization is for insects.)
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To: lovecraft

And throw some spicy chow-chow on top of everything. lol


35 posted on 02/05/2010 5:32:38 AM PST by Matt Hatter
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To: lovecraft

That sounds to me like regular old-style Southern cooking. Add chittlins and collard greens and I think distinctly ‘Soul Food’. Certainly you’d find that distinction in supposed Southern and Soul-Food restaurants up north.


36 posted on 02/05/2010 5:35:08 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: DogByte6RER
featuring fried chicken, collard greens and black-eyed peas....but the African-American chef who planned it doesn't understand the fuss.

Outlaw fried chicken, collard greens and black-eyed peas. They're racist. It's the only "progressive" way to handle this. We can't have one group eating anything different than another group, now can we? It disrupts the great collective.
So, quit complaining and eat your gruel.

37 posted on 02/05/2010 5:36:55 AM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: lovecraft

Oh, and peach cobbler for dessert in both cases. not so much the watermellon for the soul food.


38 posted on 02/05/2010 5:37:04 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: lovecraft

Mrs. jimfree have black-eyed peas and rice (hoppin’ john) each New Year’s Day. I’m not that fond of watermelon but like it as part of a fruit salad.


39 posted on 02/05/2010 5:37:31 AM PST by jimfree (In 2012 Sarah Palin will continue to have more relevant quality executive experience than B. Obama.)
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To: BobbyT
Exactly. Racist New Englanders, New Yorkers, Chicagoans, etc. think Southern foods are “black” foods.

I have a funny anecdote to that. My aunt married a New Yorker and has lived in Brooklyn most of her adult life. She is one of the best Southern cooks you've ever seen. They have friends from miles around, Haitians, Dominican, Puerto Rican, Indian..that literally beat down her door when she gets to cooking to gobble down that racist fare and then keep begging for seconds! When she throws a block party they have to shut down the street.

40 posted on 02/05/2010 5:39:45 AM PST by lovecraft (Specialization is for insects.)
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To: Venturer

Here’s one (not quite) rich, white Yankee who loves that stuff too.

However, I think I was a southerner in a previous life.


41 posted on 02/05/2010 5:40:32 AM PST by perez24 (Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Whats to complain about? That sounds like one of my favorite meals!


42 posted on 02/05/2010 5:41:33 AM PST by Little Ray (Madame President sounds really good to me...)
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To: 9YearLurker
Oh, and peach cobbler for dessert in both cases.

Don't even get me started on desserts, I'm having to wipe down my monitor from the drool flying around as I type! LOL

43 posted on 02/05/2010 5:43:07 AM PST by lovecraft (Specialization is for insects.)
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To: lovecraft

And grits! I love grits, fried chicken, greens not so much.


44 posted on 02/05/2010 5:47:46 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: DogByte6RER

Sigh. You can’t have it both ways. If you wish to have elements of your own ethnic culture, such as an ethnic cuisine, which in fact all ethnic cultures proudly and rightfully proclaim, then when that ethnic culture is celebrated by others, including those of your own ethnicity, you simply can’t cry racism.

I’ve seen countless food shows depicting various ethnic restaurants with delectable food, including a number of soul food restaurants, complete with, gasp, African-Americans chowing down! Gosh, and not one complaint of racism about these shows.

This hyper-racism has simply got to stop. It’s akin to crying wolf, and desensitizes everyone to the legitimacy of the actual racism that still occurs in our society. In point of fact, hyper-racism itself focuses on emphasizing the differences of people rather than their similarities and is counter-productive to a harmonious society.

Hyper-racism is simply another form of exploitation, and Obama himself could say these sorts of words I’ve written here when egregious hyper-racism makes it to the main stream media level if he really wanted to promote improved race relations. As an African-American, Obama as President, is in the perfect position in which he could actively promote racial healing by making this a point of emphasis in almost every major speech. But he never does. Why is that?

To almost any objective analyst of society, it’s evident that exploitative hyper-racism is deliberately promoted by the ultra-left as a means of further alienating and isolating certain groups in an effort to herd them into, and keep them, in their own camp. The ultra-left actually cares not one whit for these groups. They simply want their votes, and of course their “cause”. Furthermore, it’s to the advantage of the ultra-left to keep these groups in perpetual poverty and ignorance in order to maintain that “cause” and the unwitting servitude of these groups to the ultra-left.


45 posted on 02/05/2010 5:47:48 AM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Made from The Right Stuff)
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To: ilovesarah2012
Oh dear lawd grits! LOL with butter, with bits of country ham, or go the other way with cinnamon/sugar or a dash of honey and butter.

Butter makes it better!

46 posted on 02/05/2010 5:53:31 AM PST by lovecraft (Specialization is for insects.)
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To: Matt Hatter

“I’ll eat them all. I haven’t tried the Clampett’s favorite, dandelion greens yet”...

Me either. Have not had lambs quarter either, but I do love all the greens. Especially love poke salet-Hog Maw with tobassco sauce and pinto beans.

Oh yeah. I’m a white guy too.


47 posted on 02/05/2010 5:54:40 AM PST by crude77
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To: Matt Hatter

“I’ll eat them all. I haven’t tried the Clampett’s favorite, dandelion greens yet”...

Me either. Have not had lambs quarter either, but I do love all the greens. Especially love poke salet-Hog Maw with tobassco sauce and pinto beans.

Oh yeah. I’m a white guy too.


48 posted on 02/05/2010 5:56:48 AM PST by crude77
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To: Drawsing

“Collard greens are tasteless compared to turnip greens. I had some turnip greens last night that had so much flavor I didn’t even reach for the pepper sauce.”

YES! turnip greens are the best! yum!


49 posted on 02/05/2010 6:02:17 AM PST by Irenic
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To: dead
"The most offensive part of this article is that Jimmie Fallon has his own television show."

Say what you will, this was hilarious....

50 posted on 02/05/2010 6:07:39 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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