On Wednesday, an NBC story reports a school’s controversial handling of honoring Black History Month. Students at the Carondelet High School for Girls in Concord chose to honor Black History Month with a memorable lunch celebrating the event. Administrators approved a menu of Fried chicken, watermelon and cornbread. The menu didn’t go over with students and parents.
NBC tried to interview the school’s principal and dean about the odd menu choice. Neither person commented on the menu. The school held a meeting to discuss the issue and apologize. Principal Nancy Libby said the school didn’t try to stereotype anyone.
Ruth Wilson, of San Jose State University says the food isn’t offensive, but it brings back unpleasant feeling from the past. She referred to offensive old caricatures of blacks eating watermelon and fried chicken. The image symbolized past racism against blacks.The school decided to remove the chicken, cornbread and watermelon from the meal.
Visit the NBC website for more details about this unusual lunch.
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