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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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slee15@wildblue.net March 11 2014 at 4:21 PM

Why is fried chicken, cornbread, and watermelon racially "offensive"? Have we all lost our minds? Fried Chicken, watermelon, and cornbread is Southern Food. I am white and from Alabama and I proudly claim good old fried chicken, cornbread, and watermelon as some of my favorite Southern foods. I certainly was not aware that it has racial overtones. Chicken is served all over the world as it is easily produced by small farmers or even city dwellers that don't have access to 1000's of acres to raise beef cattle or wheat like in the mid west. Corn meal, grits, creamed corn, corn on the cob etc. is another crop that is easily grown on small holdings the grain was used as chicken and cattle feed as well as human food, and because of our long warm growing seasons watermelons florish in the south. Are we not allowed to eat steak because it is associated with western "CowPokes" and open grazing lands? Or wheat bread because it is associated with the wheatfields of Nebraska and the "sodbusters" ? How about milk and cheese because it was associated with scandinavian and german immigrant dairy farmers, or Spaghetti because it is an insult to the Italians, how about chili and tortillos from mexico or potatoes because they are associated with the Irish. How about clams and lobster because it was the poor mans food of New england? Are oranges from Fla and southern California OK or do you have to be a Florida " Cracker" to eat them? How about rice? Am I calling every oriental a "*****" because I love it? How about Salmon because was a subsistance food of the the "Eskimos and Miners" ? Come on people get real and get a life!

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glinda February 08 2014 at 11:55 AM

The problem stems from the fact that white racist in the past decided to make fun of blacks because they liked fried chicken and watermelon. Being a southerner I have seen pictures and heard about jokes using these foods to insult blacks. Like everything else about racist it is stupid and ignorant but I understand why people might have been afraid that this meal might be misconstrued. People need to stop giving other people the power to hurt or offend them just ignore them and you deny them what they want. What never made any sense to me is that white southerners eat a lot of fried chicken and watermelon so why is it all right for them but comical for blacks.

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mjtmbtajt February 08 2014 at 10:39 AM

Well it's an all girl school. About 2% are black. 800 students = 16 girls are black. The black student union picked out the menu. Everyone gets their panties in a wad. What's wrong with ethnic food?

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dutt214 February 08 2014 at 11:49 PM

Thank you!

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mlaurel58 February 08 2014 at 9:35 AM

What's offensive about fried chicken, corn bread, and watermelon?

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dutt214 February 08 2014 at 11:53 PM

It's offensive to those that are ashamed of their heritage.

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bharrison777 February 08 2014 at 8:54 AM

I,m white and from the South and have eaten school lunchs lately. 'fried chicken, corn bread and watermelon would be a feast in school. I love all of these items and I'm white and the reaction from the nut cases that live in California is to be expected. Get a grip you fools.

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Vito February 08 2014 at 8:50 AM

Why is there a black student union? This just keeps our young people segregated.

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lancecharley February 08 2014 at 8:41 AM

Unbelievable!!!!!!!! and out of control. Social insanity at its zenith.

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samanchai February 08 2014 at 8:30 AM

This is pretty ridiculous. These are foods all types of people love. I feel that if you even go there (thinking it IS a racisit thing) then YOU are the one that is racisit... When i think of fried chicken the first thing that comes to mind is KFC, if in your mind its black folks then you need to come back to our century and let that ish go..its been years. And for you folks that are posting racial comments you are not doing anything but making your self look like an idiot. If you had any common sense you could see that god created us all EQUAL.

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bblond88 February 08 2014 at 8:26 AM

Sounds good to me.Soul food

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steblawar February 08 2014 at 8:25 AM

Geez, fried chicken, corn bread and watermelon ... sounds great! That is good food, what would be wrong with say, having tacos and burritos, to celbrate Cinco de Mayo -- or cabbage and corned beef for St. Paddy's day, and so forth? Oh wait, somehow it's not an "insult" to like food "stereotypically" identified with any other group. Maybe these Black kids aren't ashamed of liking food that tastes good -- so just "who" exactly was Offended by this ... the vocationally offended?

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