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(WTOP)   There is no way anybody could possibly find offense in this school lunch in honor of black history   (wtop.com) divider line 234
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2014-02-06 06:37:15 PM  
I happen to love fried chicken, watermelon, and cornbread. But yeah, this was pretty damn stupid.
 
2014-02-06 06:37:59 PM  
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I think that is tad racist ....
 
2014-02-06 06:38:24 PM  
First thing that came to mind. "But fried chicken tastes good. Watermelon tastes good. Cornbread tastes good."

Obscure?

www.bonappetit.com
 
2014-02-06 06:38:38 PM  

Etchy333: nekom: Are stereotypes about liking a particular food even harmful?  Seriously, I'm whiter than sour cream and I love fried chicken and watermelon.  Is it somehow bad to be thought of as someone who would eat such things?


This article does a good job of summing up both fried chicken and watermelon issues:


http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/05/22/186087397/where-did-t ha t-fried-chicken-stereotype-come-from


It's a code, and it depends on context.  The big issue is that it's about the power dynamic.  It's been historically used by people to describe another group of people.  It would be like if you went to Europe, and they said "Oh, I know what all Americans like," and they brought out a bunch of packaged junk food.



American sections in the foreign aisle of european supermarkets.

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2014-02-06 06:38:53 PM  

moike: [i.imgur.com image 640x360]
...and a human foot.


Donkey teeth.
 
2014-02-06 06:40:29 PM  

some_beer_drinker: Contrabulous Flabtraption: Everyone loves fried chicken. Especially blacks.

and watermelon and cornbread.

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winner winner, fried chicken dinner...lmao
 
2014-02-06 06:41:33 PM  
"I'll have another helping of those ribs. What kind of meat did you say that was?"

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2014-02-06 06:42:02 PM  
Funny thing is, before I heard it was a black stereotype, I always thought of it as southern food.

/lifelong yankee
//loves fried chicken and cornbread
 
2014-02-06 06:44:54 PM  

vudukungfu: Fark that.
You put some collard greens, alligator ribs, hog jowls, black eyed peas, hominy grits, and some chitin's on that menu and we'll talk.


Don't forget the mac and cheese, fried catfish and sole, hush puppies, sweet potato pie, and Sock It To Me cake.

/my former cow orkers got me hooked on soul food
 
2014-02-06 06:45:09 PM  
Strangely enough, I actually know white people who don't like fried chicken.

I'm not one of them.

/actually thinking about maybe going in the kitchen and frying up some chicken livers right now.
//and then putting hot sauce on them.
///yes, I DO have chicken livers in the fridge.
////and a deep fryer.
//the deep fryer isn't in the fridge.
 
2014-02-06 06:45:16 PM  

Cyno01: American sections in the foreign aisle of european supermarkets.


Pffft. Look at those blueberry pop tarts. Unfrosted? Go back to Germania, commies. Everyone knows pop tarts have to be glazed with a substance containing at least three Mountain Dews' worth of sugar, otherwise it doesn't give you that satisfying kick in the pancreas.

This is a mockery of the cuisine of my people, sir.
 
2014-02-06 06:45:32 PM  

Etchy333: Kind of begs the question of what a "Black History Month" menu that doesn't incite outrage would look like.


No menu. Send the kitchen staff out to get their hair done and let the kids fix their own damn lunch...
 
2014-02-06 06:46:07 PM  

AirForceVet: Sometimes in the Air Force, we'd get certain Southern dishes during Black History Month at the chow hall.


I did basic and AIT in Alabama. The cooks were all civilian Southern folks. OMFG that food was good.
 
2014-02-06 06:47:22 PM  

Miss Alexandra: Funny thing is, before I heard it was a black stereotype, I always thought of it as southern food.

/lifelong yankee
//loves fried chicken and cornbread


This, it is some damn fine fixin' for a hot-n-breezy Georgia afternoon!

/side of bbq baked beans and I'm set
 
2014-02-06 06:47:35 PM  
Last year one of the dining commons at UC Berkeley had a Duck Dynasty night. I have no idea what the menu was, but why an institution of higher learning would acknowledge and glorify such a stupid show is beyond me.
 
2014-02-06 06:48:28 PM  

Mark Ratner: First thing that came to mind. "But fried chicken tastes good. Watermelon tastes good. Cornbread tastes good."

Obscure?

[www.bonappetit.com image 640x272]


You think this is obscure?  Have you even been paying attention here?
 
2014-02-06 06:48:32 PM  
Dammit...now I want some corn bread.
 
2014-02-06 06:49:05 PM  
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2014-02-06 06:49:11 PM  

LoneVVolf: Etchy333: Kind of begs the question of what a "Black History Month" menu that doesn't incite outrage would look like.


No menu. Send the kitchen staff out to get their hair done and let the kids fix their own damn lunch...



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2014-02-06 06:49:19 PM  

Miss Alexandra: Funny thing is, before I heard it was a black stereotype, I always thought of it as southern food.

/lifelong yankee
//loves fried chicken and cornbread


It is southern food.
 
2014-02-06 06:49:28 PM  

Seraphym: Miss Alexandra: Funny thing is, before I heard it was a black stereotype, I always thought of it as southern food.

/lifelong yankee
//loves fried chicken and cornbread

This, it is some damn fine fixin' for a hot-n-breezy Georgia afternoon!

/side of bbq baked beans and I'm set


Ooh yeah.  And hook me up with some of that Pepsi Throwback while you're at it.

Only complaint I have about Southerners is they have the thermostat up too high.  :)

(And meanwhile there's a wind chill advisory in my area.)
 
2014-02-06 06:50:25 PM  

DarkVader: ///yes, I DO have chicken livers in the fridge.
////and a deep fryer.


You fill your deep fryer with bacon grease? You're the man.
 
2014-02-06 06:52:35 PM  
I remeber the collard greens they served at my highschool,  nothing like my grandma served when I was a kid in the rural south.

ugh.
 
2014-02-06 06:52:55 PM  

Cyno01: Etchy333: nekom: Are stereotypes about liking a particular food even harmful?  Seriously, I'm whiter than sour cream and I love fried chicken and watermelon.  Is it somehow bad to be thought of as someone who would eat such things?


This article does a good job of summing up both fried chicken and watermelon issues:


http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/05/22/186087397/where-did-t ha t-fried-chicken-stereotype-come-from


It's a code, and it depends on context.  The big issue is that it's about the power dynamic.  It's been historically used by people to describe another group of people.  It would be like if you went to Europe, and they said "Oh, I know what all Americans like," and they brought out a bunch of packaged junk food.


American sections in the foreign aisle of european supermarkets.

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Damn you! So hungry now,,,,,,,
 
2014-02-06 06:54:31 PM  

vudukungfu: Fark that.
You put some collard greens, alligator ribs, hog jowls, black eyed peas, hominy grits, and some chitin's on that menu and we'll talk.


My family always eats collard greens and black eyed peas on New Years.
 
2014-02-06 06:54:45 PM  

OregonVet: DarkVader: ///yes, I DO have chicken livers in the fridge.
////and a deep fryer.

You fill your deep fryer with bacon grease? You're the man.


Benton's.

But there's never enough to fill it, it's mixed with peanut oil.
 
2014-02-06 06:55:27 PM  
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2014-02-06 06:55:43 PM  
How are people STILL making mistakes like this? Sure, maybe political correctness has gone too far in some cases, but this is right up there with blackface and Little Black Sambo cartoons. What jumped-up marionette of a school administrator thought this was a good idea?
 
2014-02-06 06:57:16 PM  

That Guy Jeff: parents became offended.

I'm putting forward a World Resolution. Anytime this sentence describes a situation the situation is summarily ignored.


Seconded.
 
2014-02-06 06:57:30 PM  
I think it's pretty damned funny. Blacks come in, fried chicken and watermelon goes out. You can't explain that. :P
 
2014-02-06 06:57:50 PM  
Isn't that any free school lunch?
 
2014-02-06 06:57:54 PM  

Cyno01: American sections in the foreign aisle of european supermarkets.


When i was living europe (italy), Peanut Butter was as odd to them as, say, Vegimite is to us. They simply could not imagine what it would taste like.

Another thing, Turkey, is very hard to come by. For all the wondrousness of italian cold cuts, Turkey is rare. Whole turkeys, too. We had someplace set up a special Thanksgiving for ex-pats, and they had to custom order turkeys to roast.

As a New Yorker, it was hard to live without access to bagels. I found *one* cafe that had them in a display counter, and when i asked for a dozen to go, they didnt know how to react.


In various places, Italy, Austria, etc, places would feature "American Pizza" which was pizza with toppings like corn, peas, and bits of hot dog.  I guess they figured anything that is considered an american food must be something they can put on a pizza.
 
2014-02-06 06:59:06 PM  
Seriously, without the greens this really isn't a balanced meal.
 
2014-02-06 06:59:08 PM  

slotz: Mark Ratner: First thing that came to mind. "But fried chicken tastes good. Watermelon tastes good. Cornbread tastes good."

Obscure?

[www.bonappetit.com image 640x272]

You think this is obscure?  Have you even been paying attention here?


Did I miss a pulp fiction reference? I was joking about the obscure part. Sorry to ruin your day.
 
2014-02-06 06:59:19 PM  
While I recognize the racial stereotype they should avoid, that meal sounds delicious.
 
2014-02-06 06:59:52 PM  
I guess they didn't like the cornbread either.

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2014-02-06 07:00:26 PM  
Now THAT'S how you troll.
 
2014-02-06 07:01:09 PM  
They have every right to be outraged.  The menu left out purple dank.
 
2014-02-06 07:02:06 PM  
The school has apologized and to make it up to the students, they're ordering in as much McDo as they and their families can eat.

I'm Loving It!

God help them if they ever decide to celebrate Chinese heritage. Seriously, they better have Italian pasta instead of chow mein (which was invented by an American). And not invite Father Ted.

Did you know that the Chinese produce and consume more milk than any other country despite the fact that the Chinese are, at 25%, the most lactose intolerant nation on Earth?

I wish people would learn to distinguish between racism and stereotypes. Racism is mean. Stereotypes are very often quite accurate but they can be mean or stupid or both, but can also be relatively innocuous--after all, we still draw Frenchmen with berets (1929-39), baguettes and Gitanes, not to mention stripey-shirts and bicycles. All of those stereotypes are out-dated and thus inaccurate. It's like drawing Americans in cowboy costumes or Indian feathers and loin cloths. Or Canadians outside of a shopping mall in February. (That's where Canadians spend Black History Month. All the black kids gather in the food court after 5:00 pm, where they make up most of the line at KFC.)

The fried chicken and watermelon stereotypes, however, were based on black people STEALING chickens and water melons from white people, which became code during the 1930s. They probably did a little bit of that in their Down South days, but then so did everybody else in the South except the rich landowners who had fields of their own--and beef cattle, pigs and fowl of all kinds.

One of my favourite British cartoon shows, Bromwell High, has an episode about tolerance day. Of the 148 or so ethnicities represented in the school, only one is not tolerated--the lone English girl. She is constantly mocked and bullied by the other kids, especially the Indian school bully. The studetts line up in the audiorium in traditional costume and tell the school their favourite things: KFC, cellphones and Text Messaging. Every single one of them. Of such is multiculturalism made. Latrina, the school bicycle, says "Tolerance is for Gays." Yes, yes it is.

And for the Love of God, learn the meaning of "begging the question" before I have to slap you upside the head.
 
2014-02-06 07:02:42 PM  
If I'd read that on  The OnionI'd have thought they overdid the joke. No one's that dumb.

Apparently, I was the dumb one for overestimating my fellow man.
 
2014-02-06 07:03:28 PM  
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2014-02-06 07:04:31 PM  

KidneyStone: Same thing happened in Denver a few years ago.

Count me in the "I'm white and love fried chicken" crowd.

Blacks should be PROUD of what they did for fried chicken. Until slaves added spices to make it taste good there was just crappy floured fried chicken. That's not racism, that's fact. If it weren't for slaves we'd be missing a signature Southern American food.


Watermelon was originally from southern Africa, so there's that, too.
 
2014-02-06 07:05:38 PM  

JerkStore: How are people STILL making mistakes like this? Sure, maybe political correctness has gone too far in some cases, but this is right up there with blackface and Little Black Sambo cartoons. What jumped-up marionette of a school administrator thought this was a good idea?


At some point the lines are going to cross.  One line being ignorant racists perpetuating stereotypes by serving ethnic dishes, and the other line being ignorant well meaning people trying to celebrate diversity by serving ethnic dishes.

We should never serve taquitos on Cinco de Mayo, and never serve Peking duck on Chinese new year, and never serve curry on Diwali because you might offend somebody.
 
2014-02-06 07:05:57 PM  
I'd be more impressed if they did a historically accurate plantation meal.
 
2014-02-06 07:06:48 PM  

Miss Alexandra: Funny thing is, before I heard it was a black stereotype, I always thought of it as southern food.


It is southern food. And it's black food. The two are not mutually exclusive.

See, in America, the overwhelming majority of blacks live in the south. To be southern is to be black. To be black is to be southern.

If you listen closely, northerners that love to talk about how much they hate the south are just using "the south" as a dog whistle for their own prejudice against blacks. To put it bluntly, if someone hates the south then they're probably a racist.

LoneVVolf: No menu. Send the kitchen staff out to get their hair done did and let the kids fix their own damn lunch...


Fixed.
 
2014-02-06 07:07:37 PM  
Ffs, wake me when they serve chicken 'n waffles.
 
2014-02-06 07:09:01 PM  

QU!RK1019: No colored greens?


It's  collard greens you racist motherf....

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2014-02-06 07:09:11 PM  
But I like fried chicken, cornbread and watermelon
 
2014-02-06 07:09:54 PM  

vudukungfu: Fark that.
You put some collard greens, alligator ribs, hog jowls, black eyed peas, hominy grits, and some chitin's on that menu and we'll talk.


Now I'm hungry
 
2014-02-06 07:10:41 PM  

Seraphym: Jeebus, I'm so sick of racism, it's just everywhere!

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said someone who obviously isn't

i'm guessing you have no chin.
 
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