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(Playing The Race Card) Commentary: You’re Going to Celebrate BHM With Fried Chicken, Really?
BET ^ | Feb 16, 2012 | Danielle Wright

Posted on 02/19/2012 7:45:45 AM PST by DogByte6RER

Commentary: You’re Going to Celebrate BHM With Fried Chicken, Really?

Is Black History Month turning into a stereotypical holiday?

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I love Black History Month because it serves as a time to acknowledge the contributions of little-known Black inventors, learn the struggles of Black ancestors and celebrate the victories of how far Black people have come as a whole.

Companies, schools, churches and organizations across the country organize events to pay tribute, but is there an appropriate way to honor Black History Month?

After recent reports in the news, I’m thinking the answer to that question may be "yes." In a recent Gawker article, a tipster told the blog that the Ft. Bragg Army base was celebrating Black History Month with a “Black History Heritage Meal.” This wouldn’t sound bad if it was a presentation about slave cooks, how they had to make ends meet and a sampling of the types of food they had to eat were given, or recipes from famous African-American chefs.

Instead, it was a celebration of stereotypical foods with a menu consisting of fried chicken, pig feet, ham hocks, collard greens and any other food you’d expect to see being eaten at a minstrel show.

Now while this report may or may not be true, it isn’t the only report of “ignorant” ways Black History Month is being celebrated. The New York Times Café has marked the month with a spread including watermelon slices and cornbread, and a previous newspaper ad for the Family Dollar stores suggested to “celebrate Black History Month” by relaxing your hair, as it pictured photos of Luster’s Pink Relaxer, Dark & Lovely, Motions and Ultra Sheen relaxer kits on sale.

Stories like these make me wonder if we’ve forgotten why Black History Month, or any other cultural history day or month, was created. Featuring watermelons as a means to celebrate BHM is like praising Chipotle during Hispanic Heritage Month or giving out free tampons during Women’s History Month. You just don’t do it.

While chicken and relaxers may be products African-Americans have bought, they don’t define Black people as a whole and the contributions they have made to society.

I think it’s time to be a bit more creative.


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KEYWORDS: bhm; blackhistorymonth; cookbook; country; fortbragg; friedchicken; grievance; midwestern; multicult; napl; pc; racecard; racism; recipes; soulfood; southern; southernfood; stereotype; thatsracist; turnipgreeens; victimhood; watermelon
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From Military Times about the Fort Bragg menu:

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Fort Bragg’s “stereotypical” Black History Month menu: Does it make you angry or just hungry?

Gawker knocked Fort Bragg’s special Black History Month meal of fried chicken, pigs feet, ham hocks and collard greens, saying “all the stereotypical foods are represented.”

Many of the commenters on the original Gawker post did not seem outraged. Should they have been? Does offering soul food reinforce stereotypes or recognize a cultural contribution?

http://militarytimes.com/blogs/outside-the-wire/2012/02/16/fort-braggs-stereotypical-black-history-month-menu-does-it-make-you-angry-or-just-hungry/

1 posted on 02/19/2012 7:46:00 AM PST by DogByte6RER
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From Gawker:

U.S. Army Base’s ‘Black History Heritage’ Meal: Malcolm X, Pig Feet

A tipster forwards us this “Black History Heritage Meal” menu from the US Army base in Ft. Bragg, NC: fried chicken, pig feet, ham hocks, collard greens... all the stereotypical foods are represented. The ol’ “comedically stereotypical Black History Month menu” is a pretty damn familiar trope of its own, at this point. I’m more impressed by the US Army’s open-minded photo montage.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.: “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.”

W.E.B. DUBOIS: “What do nations care about the cost of war, if by spending a few hundred millions in steel and gunpowder they can gain a thousand millions in diamonds and cocoa?”

MALCOLM X: “You show me a capitalist, and I’ll show you a bloodsucker.”

And of course the most famous Malcolm X quote of all, “Come enjoy some pork chops and pig feet!’

http://gawker.com/black-history-month/


2 posted on 02/19/2012 7:47:10 AM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

“but is there an appropriate way to honor Black History Month?”

...yes. Abolish it and allow blacks back into American history. BHM does nothing more than tell blacks...”you’re not good enough for AH.”


3 posted on 02/19/2012 7:49:18 AM PST by albie
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To: DogByte6RER

4 posted on 02/19/2012 7:51:29 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: DogByte6RER
During a deployment, each day of the week the DFAC had a different "ethnic" meal. We had Italian Night, Mexican Night, African American Night, etc...

While in line, I caused a lot of people (of diverse races) to bust out laughing when I looked at the fare and said, "Mac and Cheese, Fried Chicken, Corn Bread...I grew up on this stuff; I didn't know I was African American!"

I confess, this part made me LOL!

or giving out free tampons during Women’s History Month. You just don’t do it.

5 posted on 02/19/2012 7:52:10 AM PST by Grizzled Bear (No More RINOS!)
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To: DogByte6RER

Is there any link which actually posts a legible menu?


6 posted on 02/19/2012 7:52:42 AM PST by duckman (Go Newt...)
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To: DogByte6RER

I was OK with it until I saw “Short Order”. Filthy, racist swine.....


7 posted on 02/19/2012 7:54:02 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: albie
Stories like these make me wonder if we’ve forgotten why Black History Month, or any other cultural history day or month, was created.

Someone enlighten me. What other ones are there and why were they created?

8 posted on 02/19/2012 7:56:07 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: duckman

The menu images I posted were from the Gawker article. I haven’t found any others, but I presume this photo to be the menu at Fort Bragg.

It’s a bit hard to read because of the reflection, but I can read fried chicken, collard greens, pig’s feet, black eyed peas and rice and an assortment of other items. I’ve had much of these foods before (except for pig’s feet, ugghhh!) and they are quite good.


9 posted on 02/19/2012 7:58:14 AM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: Grizzled Bear

I was out with the boys Friday and Saturday. Friday night we had collard greens with some fat back, big dutch over full of cooked cabbage and pork chops, corm bread, pintos - and of course a splash of White Lightning.

No of us considered it ethnic food.

Well, maybe “Southeron”


10 posted on 02/19/2012 8:03:33 AM PST by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: DogByte6RER
And of course the most famous Malcolm X quote of all, “Come enjoy some pork chops and pig feet!"

Odd quote from a Muslim. Seems he'd be more likely to say, "come enjoy some lule kebab and tabouleh!"

11 posted on 02/19/2012 8:06:12 AM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: DogByte6RER

Fried Chicken, Bottle of Ripple, Box of Gubment cheese, and Crack Cocaine. A heritage to be proud of.


12 posted on 02/19/2012 8:08:39 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

lol!


13 posted on 02/19/2012 8:14:18 AM PST by mojitojoe (SCOTUS.... think about that when you decide to sit home and pout because your candidate didn't win)
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To: DogByte6RER

***...fried chicken, pig feet, ham hocks, collard greens***

My favorite foods, except for the pig’s feet. At least they didn’t serve pork brains in milk gravy, polk sallet, or pickled pig lips and chitterlins.


14 posted on 02/19/2012 8:17:46 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (I'm on Wi-Fi! Now what do I do without dialup?)
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To: Grizzled Bear

I hated when the DFAC would call it “Soul Food” night. I would tell everyone it was just plain old Southern food. Then I’d pile my plate high and pig out.


15 posted on 02/19/2012 8:18:30 AM PST by rfreedom4u (Just because someone thinks it's a good idea doesn't make it legal.)
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To: DogByte6RER

In my classroom, the kids are learning about Neil deGrasse Tyson and John McWhorter for BHM. They already know all the grievance types and the sports & entertainment types.


16 posted on 02/19/2012 8:19:01 AM PST by A_perfect_lady
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To: DogByte6RER
but is there an appropriate way to honor Black History Month? I'll honor black history month, as soon as a white history month is established...
17 posted on 02/19/2012 8:19:29 AM PST by apillar
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To: DogByte6RER
The photo on the top left looks like the black Lenin

and reading this makes me hungry

18 posted on 02/19/2012 8:20:59 AM PST by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: DogByte6RER

I’m still waiting for the outrage from the minority community over being given the shortest month for “Black History Month”.


19 posted on 02/19/2012 8:22:02 AM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: DogByte6RER
Obama Fried Chicken


20 posted on 02/19/2012 8:23:17 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: DogByte6RER

Ever notice how George Washington Carver is seldom mentioned as a role model during Black History Month?


21 posted on 02/19/2012 8:23:54 AM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: DogByte6RER

"How much for just one rib?"

22 posted on 02/19/2012 8:24:02 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: DogByte6RER

“And of course the most famous Malcolm X quote of all, “Come enjoy some pork chops and pig feet!”

He must have been referring to meat from a rare species of pig that’s halal-friendly.


23 posted on 02/19/2012 8:24:02 AM PST by NorthStarStateConservative (A conservative, a moderate, and a liberal walk into a bar. Bartender says, "Hi, Mitt!")
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To: DogByte6RER

They forgot the traditional looting of the shoe stores.


24 posted on 02/19/2012 8:24:55 AM PST by rawcatslyentist (BO Stinks! So does Mitts magic underwear!)
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To: DogByte6RER

I once made a post that mentioned the big green-on-the-outside red-on-the-inside watery summer melon-type fruit and KFC in the same post.

You can’t do that.

It got pulled.

lol


25 posted on 02/19/2012 8:25:23 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: A_perfect_lady

Excellent.


26 posted on 02/19/2012 8:25:23 AM PST by null and void (Day 1125 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: DogByte6RER
Here's some music to go along with the meal:
27 posted on 02/19/2012 8:26:51 AM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

28 posted on 02/19/2012 8:27:22 AM PST by ErnBatavia (Carterize Obama in November)
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To: TomGuy

You might be able to get away with mentioning Sen. Barbara “Waters” and “melons” in the same post...


29 posted on 02/19/2012 8:28:14 AM PST by null and void (Day 1125 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: PzLdr
I’m still waiting for the outrage from the minority community over being given the shortest month for “Black History Month”.

I've been hearing that complaint for years, where have you been?

30 posted on 02/19/2012 8:29:24 AM PST by rllngrk33 (Things will continue getting worse until January 21, 2013.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Does Michelle know the military is serving fried foods?


31 posted on 02/19/2012 8:29:54 AM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Congress touched me inappropriately, they should be put on administrative leave immediately)
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To: null and void
*sigh* MAXINE Waters.

nully still waiting for the coffee to kick in...

32 posted on 02/19/2012 8:31:15 AM PST by null and void (Day 1125 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: TomGuy

Oh ... you mean watermelon?

I just added it to this thread as a keyword!


33 posted on 02/19/2012 8:33:18 AM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

These are SOUTHERN dishes. There is nothing particularly black about these dishes.

Fried chicken, collard greens, black eyed peas, and cornbread with banana pudding for desert was a typical meal for me growing up in Georgia.

An oh yea, in season, we had watermelon at least once a week.

My mom didn’t serve pigs feet (although I did have cousins that ate it), buy everything else on that list was part of my regular diet growing up. And, as an adult some 40 years later, they are still some of my favorite foods.


34 posted on 02/19/2012 8:36:21 AM PST by Brookhaven (Mitt Romney will right-size the economy--just like he did your job when he bought your company)
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To: DogByte6RER

These are SOUTHERN dishes. There is nothing particularly black about these dishes.

Fried chicken, collard greens, black eyed peas, and cornbread with banana pudding for desert was a typical meal for me growing up in Georgia.

An oh yea, in season, we had watermelon at least once a week.

My mom didn’t serve pigs feet (although I did have cousins that ate it), buy everything else on that list was part of my regular diet growing up. And, as an adult some 40 years later, they are still some of my favorite foods.


35 posted on 02/19/2012 8:36:25 AM PST by Brookhaven (Mitt Romney will right-size the economy--just like he did your job when he bought your company)
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To: DogByte6RER

its time


36 posted on 02/19/2012 8:42:19 AM PST by FrankR (You are only enslaved to the extent of the entitlements you receive.)
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To: DogByte6RER
AA’s learned how to prepare and eat almost every part of a pig except the squeal. I salute their culinary talent.
37 posted on 02/19/2012 8:44:37 AM PST by JPG ("I am pledging to cut the deficit we inherited by half by the end of my first term in office." BHO)
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To: A_perfect_lady

I’ve heretofore tended to label Tyson as somewhat of a liberal because he worships at the altar of Science.

However, these comments from Tyson EXACTLY mirror my own rants! His comments about the debating team are the same reaction I had when I first went to a Debating Team meeting in high school.

“This is crazy”, I said as I walked out of the meeting. “You want me to debate something and you will arbitrarily assign me a side to take? What about TRUTH and Right or Wrong?”

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Lawyers in Congress.
http://www.wimp.com/lawyerscongress/

Excellent!

Evidently, these comments were made on the Bill Maher show. Astonishingly, the audience applauds!


38 posted on 02/19/2012 8:45:51 AM PST by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: DogByte6RER

Things that should really annoy black Americans.

Giving away a Planned Parenthood coupon that offers “$5 back for killing your baby”.

Pre-filled out ballots for Obama “vote for him just because he’s black. Nothing else matters.”

Democrat party logo plastic ankle “welfare slave chains”.


39 posted on 02/19/2012 8:48:58 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: LucyT; manc; Las Vegas Ron; rodguy911; onyx
The menu says:

Baked Ham Fried

Chicken Chicken and Dumplings

Southern Fried Catfish

Smothered Pork Chops

Pigs Feet

Ham Hocks

Black eyed peas and rice

Fried Rice

Cabbage Collard Greens

Season Corn

Some kind of salad, I can't see what it says

Cole Slaw

Peach Cobbler

Banana Pudding

Pecan Pie

Sugar Cookies

"short order" and much more

They read racism into everything. It's their aces in the hole for everything. I want them to stop associating SOUTHERN food with blacks. These things are not only their food. This is typical Southern food. Fried chicken and many of the other things on the menu are also very common in many parts of the country. I don't see grits on that menu and you just cannot eat fried catfish without grits so I guess those would fall under the short order part of the menu.

There isn't a thing on that menu that I haven't had since the day I was born except for pigs feet but I know people who do eat them. I tasted them one time and they're disgusting. I prefer turnip greens to collard and we eat black eyed peas and turnip greens on New Years day every year.

Where's the watermelon? There is no single food pictured more in old negro ads, figurines, etc. than the watermelon. I'm not black but when watermelons are in season, there isn't a day for the entire summer when I don't have watermelon in my house. The nutjob PC police probably think I buy watermelon and eat it on a daily basis just to make fun of blacks.

This "politically correct" bs is out of control. It's their way of controlling people, making them afraid to open their mouths, fearing they will say the wrong thing. I refuse to play into it. I say what I want, when I want and if people don't like it, tough. I'm not going to walk on egg shells for fear I say the wrong thing. If someone says black like fried chicken and watermelon, so what? They do. So do I am so do all of my Southern friends and family and so do many other people in many other parts of the country.

PS Fried rice is not a Southern food. I've never had fried rice except at a Chinese restaurant.

41 posted on 02/19/2012 9:01:16 AM PST by mojitojoe (SCOTUS.... think about that when you decide to sit home and pout because your candidate didn't win)
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To: DogByte6RER

Fried Chicken, Collard Greens, Wahtahmelon, an’ Beer!


42 posted on 02/19/2012 9:04:39 AM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (Romney ruined Massachusetts. Now he wants to ruin the nation.)
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To: Grizzled Bear

I can never understand why the term African Americans refer to blacks.
Whites come from Africa, north Africans are not black.

When I hear that term I just look at them and think what ignorant idiots we have in this country.

Blacks probably over 90% of them have no clue what country their ancestors came from hundreds of years ago.
Hell most cannot even name 5 countries in Africa


43 posted on 02/19/2012 9:05:38 AM PST by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman,It's not a conservative view but a true American view)
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To: DogByte6RER

Instead, it was a celebration of stereotypical foods with a menu consisting of fried chicken, pig feet, ham hocks, collard greens and any other food you’d expect to see being eaten at a minstrel show.
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Damn, should I put a sign on my house that says minstrel show since I eat everything on that menu except for pigs feet and ham hocks(only cook those with other things, like beans).


44 posted on 02/19/2012 9:06:40 AM PST by mojitojoe (SCOTUS.... think about that when you decide to sit home and pout because your candidate didn't win)
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To: DogByte6RER

HUNGRY! I’m from Georgia and that whole menu sounds like a feast!


45 posted on 02/19/2012 9:09:23 AM PST by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: hinckley buzzard

“What other ones are there and why were they created”?

Kwanzaa is a made up fabricated holiday meant to quell the Watts riots in the 60’s. More African-Americans spent this season reflecting on the birth of Christ than some phony non-Christian holiday invented a few decades ago by an FBI stooge. Kwanzaa is a holiday for white liberals, not blacks.


46 posted on 02/19/2012 9:10:41 AM PST by albie
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To: manc
It's kind of like how kwanza uses the Swahili (sp?) language even though the slaves were not from that tribe. They also use corn which was not indigenous to Africa. Hey, why let truth get in the way of your holiday?
47 posted on 02/19/2012 9:10:41 AM PST by Grizzled Bear (No More RINOS!)
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To: mojitojoe

went to the Oulestee battle re-enactment yesterday and after the battle went to see a pal of mine in the confederate cavalry.
He was cooking a lot of what you said along with his troops and the weird thing was that they were white, mmmmm .

Black history month, my daughter has to write about a black guy from history in school.
She is now doing a paper about Anthony Johnson, a black slave owner in VA.

The new teacher wanted a paper so she will get a paper and the term African American will not be mentioned either as she knows whites come from Africa and she is pointing that out in her paper to her class.


48 posted on 02/19/2012 9:12:52 AM PST by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman,It's not a conservative view but a true American view)
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To: DogByte6RER
I love Black History Month because it serves as a time to acknowledge the contributions of little-known Black inventors,...

I love black history month because it usually lasts only 28 days...
49 posted on 02/19/2012 9:20:38 AM PST by stylin19a (time to Obamanos)
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To: stylin19a
I love black history month because it usually lasts only 28 days..

Typical racism. Give the black man the shortest month of the year. Were all the 31 month days already taken? :-)

50 posted on 02/19/2012 9:25:02 AM PST by DouglasKC
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