Fried chicken, cornbread and watermelon?
These were the foods set to be served to students at the all-girls Carondelet High School in honor of Black History Month. When word spread that the Bay area school was looking to serve these foods, many students and parents took offense to the idea.
Although it isn’t clear who approved the menu, the school’s principal, Nancy Libby issued an apology to all those who were upset in a letter, saying:
I’d like to apologize for the announcement and any ‘hurt this caused students, parents or community members’…Please know that at no time at Carondelet do we wish to perpetrate racial stereotypes.
Thanks to the school’s Black Student Union, displeased students were able to talk the principle into removing watermelon from the menu. As for the private school, they’ve held a diversity assembly for faculty and students attend and sent out letters to parents.
University of San Francisco professor James Taylor sat down with NBC Bay Area and shared that even though the idea had the best intentions, it did nothing but perpetuate a negative stereotype:
Chicken, watermelon, collard greens — these stereotypes of black Southern culture comes from the same place where the N-word comes from. This is not like this food represents some historic moment in African-American experience. What it represents is the degradation and the stereotyping of African-Americans.
Peep a news recap of this story down below. At least the school apologized…