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Racist school lunch: Fried chicken, watermelon lunch 'perpetuates stereotypes'

A school cafeteria filled with tables and chairs
A school cafeteria filled with tables and chairs
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A racist school lunch at a private high school for girls that included lunches of fried chicken, corn bread, and watermelon has been criticized as “perpetuating racial stereotypes” this week. The food was served up in an attempt to pay tribute to Black History Month, but administrators at the school have since offered a formal apology to both students and families for the poor meal idea. NewsMax confirms this Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, that an assembly on racial and ethnic diversity will now be held to discuss the issue.

The racist school lunch announcement occurred this Feb. at Carondelet High School for Girls, located in Concord, Calif. After a number of students came home upset that they had been told about a lunch that consisted of cornbread, watermelon, collard greens, and fried chicken, a slew of angry parents contacted the school. The racist food menu was supposed to be a finalizing celebration to honor Black History Month.

Administrators at the school have since sent out an official apology to parents and students, adding that the school in no way meant to perpetuate racial stereotypes.

"I'd like to apologize for the announcement and any hurt this caused students, parents, or community members," Principal Nancy Libby said in a letter sent to parents Wednesday. "Please know that at no time at Carondelet do we wish to perpetrate racial stereotypes."

Instead of the racist school lunch, Carondelet is instead offering to hold a large diversity assembly to openly talk about the important issue and the controversy at hand. Several other teachers and educational professionals from across the area seemed equally livid at the wrongful food suggestions the students were told about as well.

"Fried chicken, watermelon, collard greens — these stereotypes of black Southern culture that come from the same place where the N-word comes from," University of San Francisco professor James Taylor said in a statement to NBC.

Added a local news source on the racist school lunch firestorm as perpetuating these stereotypes, especially during Black History Month:

"A slice of watermelon isn't racist in and of itself. But when people talk about black people loving watermelon, they're talking about a lot more than food. They're talking about a stereotype with a lot of racist history — history still embraced by some of the worst people on the Internet," the site wrote. "History is important — any Black History Month celebration that ignores the experiences and portrayals of black people in this country is shallow at best. If you want to acknowledge black history this month, learn it."

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