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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
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2014-02-06 04:41:06 PM  
6 votes:
Racist?  Probably.  Delicious?  Definitely!

/well, if my grandma made it, not my school
2014-02-06 06:21:34 PM  
4 votes:
parents became offended.

I'm putting forward a World Resolution. Anytime this sentence describes a situation the situation is summarily ignored.
2014-02-06 07:02:06 PM  
3 votes:

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 06:30:04 PM  
3 votes:

maram500: Pointy Tail of Satan: Black eyed peas....and the General's own HOT Sauce!

No, damnit. The only hot sauce that should EVER be used in any application is Tabasco.


You, sir, need to expand your horizons.

There are many, many good options beyond vinegar, red pepper, and salt.
2014-02-06 05:03:26 PM  
3 votes:
Ha, I went to the public school around the corner from here.  It's been awhile since I graduated, but the percentage of black students at this school is probably very low.

Kind of begs the question of what a "Black History Month" menu that doesn't incite outrage would look like.
2014-02-06 08:48:41 PM  
2 votes:

Facetious_Speciest: I am similarly offended when spaghetti is served in October or potatoes in March or tacos in September. Schools should really know better by now.

It's 2014, people. Your culinary racism isn't appropriate. I don't care how tasty something is, you can't eat it during the month honoring the ethnic group you stereotype it as being associated with. It's just not ok anymore.


Being offended by tasty food is what shouldn't be ok anymore. I grew up with my mother pan-frying delicious fried chicken, we ate cornbread and watermelon all the time. Everyone I knew, black and white, did the same.
2014-02-06 07:41:20 PM  
2 votes:
The whole fried chicken/watermelon/okra/collard greens being "black food" is a northern stereotype. In the South white people eat that too.
2014-02-06 07:06:48 PM  
2 votes:

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 06:00:08 PM  
2 votes:
No wonder they are outraged.  You ever eat Watermelon in February?  It's awful
2014-02-06 05:26:26 PM  
2 votes:

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.
2014-02-06 05:05:24 PM  
2 votes:
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?
2014-02-06 05:00:33 PM  
2 votes:
Ohh c'mon, I mean it's not like they tried to serve fried chicken and wate-

But when the school announced a menu of fried chicken, cornbread and watermelon, other students and parents became offended.

Well, shiat.

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2014-02-06 04:50:50 PM  
2 votes:
It figures a Libby would want to hold a diversity assembly.

But yeah, Fried Chicken, Corn Bread and Watermelon is a pretty much a racist menu for black history month.

Just fine for a church picnic, though.  Or just a regular southern-style meal.
2014-02-07 08:28:46 PM  
1 vote:

cretinbob: ue racism, not the meaningless buzzword libs throw around) implies hatred toward a particular race of people. This school was trying to honor black history month with fried chicken and corn bread. Why? Because, omfg, a lot of black people (as well as white people) enjoy those foods. Get over it.

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But he has a point. We recognize different cultures through enjoying their culinary delights.  But to do it with African Americans is racist?
2014-02-07 09:33:21 AM  
1 vote:
This is pretty much the biggest lesson I've learned here on Fark: It's ok to make fun of/stereotype entire groups of people just as long as there isn't some kind of social imperative to feel sorry for them.
White people - fair game.
Men - fair game.
Asians - fair game.
Rednecks/southerners - you betcha.
but by golly don't you dare utter anything but praise for black or fat people.. those poor things...


Weaker people require more support.
2014-02-07 12:52:05 AM  
1 vote:
Why are blacks so butthurt about fried chicken and watermelon, both are fine and delicious choices. I think the rest of us would just wish you guys wouldn't be such pussies about EVERYTHING.
2014-02-06 11:14:13 PM  
1 vote:

Disgruntled Goat: I personally find it offensive that Black History Month even exists.


I agree, in that black history should be taught and celebrated as a normal part of American history overall. But sadly, when I was in K-12, the extent of black history that I learned was basically slavery, Martin Luther King, and I think we read some Richard Wright. And that was pretty much it.

Luckily, my family filled in the empty spaces with our own personal history (living under Jim Crow, the great migration, life in the segregated military, other civil rights heroes, red lining) and also gave me some books to read that weren't covered at school. By the time I got to college, I'd developed a curiosity about black history that led me to do my own research and thinking.

But...that's just me. Most kids I know just learned what was taught in school. And that, I believe, is the reason black history month took root in the first place.
2014-02-06 11:07:33 PM  
1 vote:

Disgruntled Goat: I personally find it offensive that Black History Month even exists.


I know. Given that we enslaved them, and shat on them for the past 150 years, they should get at least a history year. Or two.
2014-02-06 10:36:19 PM  
1 vote:
If I were a student, I would be PISSED.  That was probably going to go down as the best lunch of the year. I wonder what other sides were going to be served, though...

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2014-02-06 09:51:24 PM  
1 vote:
Racism (true racism, not the meaningless buzzword libs throw around) implies hatred toward a particular race of people. This school was trying to honor black history month with fried chicken and corn bread. Why? Because, omfg, a lot of black people (as well as white people) enjoy those foods. Get over it.
2014-02-06 08:56:21 PM  
1 vote:
There is NO way they'd serve chicken and watermelon.  Not only racist but a pathetic cliche.

*click*

Holy shiat.
2014-02-06 08:50:14 PM  
1 vote:
as a white southerner let me just say STFU and enjoy the fried chicken and cornbread and hope they were made by a real black grandmother. You will never eat better again.
2014-02-06 08:43:42 PM  
1 vote:
Oh waahhh.....  Get the fark over it, whiny coonts...
2014-02-06 07:41:27 PM  
1 vote:

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.



It would be like that if Europeans had enslaved Americans, then demeaned, belittled and oppressed them for decades both legally and culturally all while making caricature laden media of their American underclass eating junk food.
2014-02-06 07:02:42 PM  
1 vote:
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 06:59:06 PM  
1 vote:
Seriously, without the greens this really isn't a balanced meal.
2014-02-06 06:55:43 PM  
1 vote:
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 06:45:16 PM  
1 vote:

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 06:44:54 PM  
1 vote:

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 06:42:02 PM  
1 vote:
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 06:32:16 PM  
1 vote:

Contrabulous Flabtraption: Everyone loves fried chicken. Especially blacks.


There was a strangely racial aspect to food in Tyler, Tx. The KFC was run by white trash, the Wendy's by blacks, the Chinese place by jews, and the japanese steakhouse / sushi was run by Koreans.

Of course, if you wanted good fried chicken you really just had to drive a few miles to the Williams Family fried chicken shack.

Now I have the option of the place run by highschool students with rancid oil, or food poisoning from illegals with no understanding of cross contamination.
2014-02-06 06:31:54 PM  
1 vote:

Ryker's Peninsula: poonesfarm: What, no Kool-Aid or grape soda?

They gave them the option of Purple Drank or Colt .45


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/Ingredients: Sugar, water, purple
2014-02-06 06:28:54 PM  
1 vote:

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


That is a good question.  Maybe slow cooked ribs and catfish with a veggie side other than collard greens?

Probably it's best not to try anything.
2014-02-06 06:27:39 PM  
1 vote:
Don't change the menu, just take the "Black History Month" label off it.
2014-02-06 06:23:26 PM  
1 vote:
I wish we were elevated enough that these items would no longer hold an issue when combined (because they're farking delicious). But then, some people still complain that there's a black president in the US, so racism is still an issue that should be treated with care.
2014-02-06 06:23:26 PM  
1 vote:
What, no collard greens? Definitely not racist.

My high school always had the most delicious corn bread. God I could eat a pan of that stuff right now, soaked in milk...

/Strangest boner, etc
2014-02-06 06:09:50 PM  
1 vote:
Etchy333:
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.


That was an interesting read.  Sure context is important.  I would think it would be much more offensive though if they had used things like pig's feet and chitterlings, because that was what many slaves ate because their masters wouldn't, rather than a food common to all ethnic groups in the modern USA.
2014-02-06 05:54:33 PM  
1 vote:

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?


Oh look. It's that post.
2014-02-06 05:17:18 PM  
1 vote:
Well, doing a peanut festival in honor of George Washington Carver is probably out of the question these days, what with hypersensitivity on allergy issues.
2014-02-06 04:50:41 PM  
1 vote:
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.
 
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