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Racist school lunch: School celebrates Black History Month all the wrong ways

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A “racistschool lunch was the way a California private school decided to honor February's Black History Month, angering parents and causing the school to do some quick backtracking over their inane decision to offer up stereotypical black food, reports reports The Liberty Voice on Thursday.

The Carondelet Catholic High School for Girls in Concord tried to mark the occasion and celebrate African American heritage. The ends certainly did not justify the means in this case – the school rolled out a lunch of fried chicken, cornbread and watermelon.

The school called an open assembly on Wednesday to discuss the issue and also sent a letter home apologizing to parents.

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

University of San Francisco professor James Taylor outlined why many of the parents were angered by the culturally bigoted menu.

“Chicken, watermelon, collard greens – these stereotypes of black Southern culture that come from the same place where the N-word comes from,” Taylor said.

Libby nixed the entire "racist" menu, and said the school plans to hold a "racial sensitivity assembly" for both faculty and students.

What are your thoughts? Is everyone being too hypersensitive or was this school using poor judgment by promulgating and teaching a racial pigeonhole to young children? Sound off below.

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