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Calif. high school apologizes for 'offensive' lunch menu

Calif. High School Apologizes for 'Offensive' Lunch Menu

A California high school is apologizing after plans for lunch menu items meant to celebrate Black History Month generated some controversy.

HLN explains that the menu included 'fried chicken, corn bread and watermelon. The idea came from the black student union. School officials say it may have sounded tasty, but the menu had nothing to do with black history.'

After some parents and students said the selection was offensive, the interim president of Carondelet High School told KTVU those items won't be served after all. She also explained why the students chose those foods for the lunch menu.

Sister Ann Bernard explains that 'they thought this was a very clever way, in their own way, of celebrating Black History Month. It was as simple and as naive as that.'

After those items were cancelled, reactions about the decision were a bit mixed. A student told KPIX that she felt 'it wasn't to hurt anyone, but it was just a little too far.' Meanwhile, an NAACP member asks that the school try to 'move on. Let's be more progressive. Let's not be so insulted about something so minute.'

KCBS points out the student union that drafted up the menu didn't get approval from school staff.

Local outlets report the school plans to hold an assembly to talk about racial stereotypes and diversity.

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suz February 07 2014 at 1:57 PM

The black student union selected the lunch items, how can that be offensive and to who.

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mingthemercilessone suz February 07 2014 at 2:05 PM

So, maybe they should remove turkey from the menu at Thanksgiving, spaghetti on Columbus day, egg rolls at Chinese New Years, bagels during Chanukkah, Green Eggs and Ham at Suess's birthday, hot dogs and burgers any time, pita bread for non-fasters at Ramadan, and all the other "non-cultural" food that is served at the myriad of holidays public schools now have to honor.

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The Cody's February 07 2014 at 2:08 PM

I truly do not understand this being offensive. I grew up in SC and grew up eating fried chicken and I loved watermelon and I'm white. That is just good food.

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jsanto7134 The Cody's February 07 2014 at 2:11 PM

I agree, but so many people have use these foods to promote ridicule and hatred, that it seems offensive when the foods are highlighted like this.

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hey u February 07 2014 at 2:03 PM

Add Turnip Greens , Red Beans and Rice , Im there

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tml1975 February 07 2014 at 2:03 PM

Oh my goodness! I am white and I love all that food plus more southern dishes, get a life!

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mingthemercilessone February 07 2014 at 2:01 PM

Okay...remove from the menus fried chicken, cornbread, watermelon, mac 'n' cheese, grits, salsa, teriyaki chicken, rice, egg rolls, spaghetti, pizza, turkey and stuffing, pita bread, bagels, tacos, burritos, etc. etc. etc., because THEY have nothing to do with anyone's culture, either.

What a crock.

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Sunrise February 07 2014 at 2:03 PM

If the food was chosen by the BLACK student union, who exactly thought it was offensive?

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kwrohan February 07 2014 at 2:00 PM

Sounds like a good SOUTHERN lunch to me!!!!

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kidmac32 February 07 2014 at 2:00 PM

the menu suggestion came from the black student union and they are scheduling an assembly to talk about stereotypes and diversity? huh? what?

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jfs3153 February 07 2014 at 2:12 PM

Better than the crap they serve in the schools now.

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soopershrink jfs3153 February 07 2014 at 2:17 PM

The political correctness idiots strike again, hey, they chose it!

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Carol February 07 2014 at 1:58 PM

Never realized that those 3 items were offensive. Wonder if they were served on separate days. Come on folks. Get a grip on reality. After all, it was the BLACK student union who came up with the idea.

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