Skip to comments.East Bay high school nixes plan to honor black history with fried chicken, watermelon
Posted on 02/06/2014 12:46:52 PM PST by artichokegrower
Plans to celebrate Black History Month with a lunch of fried chicken, cornbread and watermelon did not go over well at a private high school in Concord.
Administrators at Carondelet High School, an all-girl Catholic school, are apologizing to students and parents this week for proposing a menu that some complained perpetuated racial stereotypes, NBC Bay Area reported.
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We don’t need a month.
I’m dying to know which genius came up with this idea.
It was dropped in favor of Ramadan....
Notice that, once again, the black people get short changed.
YT intentionally chose the
SHORTEST MONTH OF THE YEAR!
This same old story happens every single year.
You’re not supposed to eat ground hog on groundhog day?
"Eeeeevery month is white history month!!" (whining liberal voice)
For added realism they should just have the kids go around playing the Knockout Game on each other.
What, no okra?
“a lunch of fried chicken, cornbread and watermelon...”
Some people might think that racist but me, no, I just call that “delicious”...
Where are they getting watermelon this time of year?
Too bad. From what I understand from my son, fried chicken and watermelon would win the award for “Best School Lunch of the Year!”—HANDS DOWN!!!
WTF were they thinking?
I like fried chicken, cornbread and watermelon and I’m white.
A few years back a similar situation took place at another high school, I think in Arizona. The plan there was to have a meal of BBQed ribs and collard greens and other items. Same sort of protest.
Such reactions raise at least a couple of questions:
Why is serving “soul food” considered insulting stereotyping? I don’t know of other ethinic groups who consider honoring their heritage with traditional food to be an insult.
And how can there still be school administrators who don’t know that it’s considered insulting stereotyping?
They left out the collard greens. How dare they!
I’ve told this story so many times,but it is worth going over once again.
My daughter came home from Jr HS (back in the 90’s)
and said “what is there for me”,?
The black students have the Black Students Union,the Latinos have The Cinquo de Mayo Club and there is the Asian Club.Well,all the privileged groups would go to the clubs during study hall leaving behind one ostracized group of students.
Public schools should be outlawed.
Yes,my daughter now a conservative.
Why do they need a whole month?!? You can count the number of Black Americans that significantly contributed to American history on one hand. And that's not an attempt to be snarky, that a simply statement of fact. In fact, if your child goes to public school, look at their curriculum next black history month. Odds are it will be Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver, Martin Luther King and maybe Thurgood Marshall and Obama. Any others mentioned may have been important in their fields (athlete's, musicians, etc) but hardly changed history.
They forgot the collard greens. Silly city people.
I eat fried chicken and watermelon...didn’t know I was being racist for doing so. If I were a black person I’d be pissed some idiot is claiming I am offended by food.
I actually saw a post once that showed all kinds of vile, truly vicious racist cartoons. It was posted as an example of what conservatives pass around. I am on many conservative sites and never have seen anything of the kind. I have no idea where the person even dug up the nasty images, or what possessed them to do it.
Not to mention chitlins and blackeyed peas...
Sounds like a pretty tasty lunch to me....I assume there would have been mashed taters and collard greens!!!
Fried chicken and watermelon....two of my favorite foods.
I don’t think we need a month. The media celebrates that 365 days per year. Oops, make that 365.25 days per year.
I will however vote that watermellon and chicken idea as a lack of common sense.
they wanted to try to suck up to political correctness, and instead political correctness bit them in the butt.
Okay, so they serve ham hocks and black-eyed peas with cornbread instead...............
“SHORTEST MONTH OF THE YEAR!”
OMG, those Repub racist bigots just can’t help themselves, can they?
I was born in July and on my birthday we ALWAYS had watermelon. Plus, I love fried chicken and cornbread. I guess that makes me a “white cracker” right?
I love Okra, corn, and diced tomatoes with lots of spices.
I could eat it every day.
Is it racist to drink green beer on saint patricks days?
is it racist to be offered rice and chop sticks when eating a Chinese or Japanese meal?
Is it racist to be offer spaghetti at an Italian meal? I don't see the issue here at all.
I suggest next time they have this, they serve peanut butter sandwich in honor of George Washington Carver.
On Mexican History month they planned a field trip where they all sneak across the border.
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I think the problem here is less what food they served, than the food they didn’t serve, *and* to give the history of the food, context.
For example, watermelon is believed to have come from southern Africa, and had cultivated in Egypt by 2000 BC, even consumed by the ancient Hebrews. It is truly a pride of that continent. It was introduced into Europe in the 13th Century, and were grown by Native Americans by the 16th Century.
Finally, African slaves are believed to have introduced the vine in the southern United States, where it flourished and became a popular food.
So, bottom line, how can watermelon be seen as stereotypical, unless people pretend it is? No reason to not enjoy it.
However, with the goodness comes the badness. In this case, the children should have been offered sample of some of the staple foods of the southland, that black people ate for generations, and actually liked. Such as mustard and collard greens and chard.
I am not so cruel as to even offer children chitterlings, however. But grits are fine.
If they wanted true African food they should have served ‘Bush Meat.’
Whites like 'em too !!!
What is so wrong with it?
Corned beef and cabbage needs to be outlawed!! Bratwurst and kielbasa too!
I’m Irish Catholic and those are 3 of my favorite foods. Well and Guiness. :-)
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