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Racist Food Menu?

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In honor of Black History month, the television network NBC thought it would be appropriate to incorporate a menu once a week in their cafeteria that served “black” foods. This menu consisted of items such as fried chicken, collard greens, corn bread, and black eyed peas. However, after several reactions from the patrons of the restaurant, NBC promptly removed the menu and replaced it with their usual foods. When the African-American chef of the restaurant was asked about the issue, he replied by saying “All I wanted to do was make a meal that everyone would enjoy — and that I eat myself.” Is there something so wrong with fried chicken and collard greens that people need to get offended by the menu choices? This NBC employee had been trying for 8 years to incorporate this sort of menu into Black History month and finallt got approval from the executives who did not see any problem with serving delicious foods. As the great Dave Chappelle so eloquently put it, “If you don’t like chicken and watermelon, something is wrong with you.” While this menu may have suggested at some common stereotypes of African-Americans, at the end of the day, it’s just food. I believe these people seriously overreacted over a minor issue. The problem of racism in this country is not going to disappear if we are focusing on these petty issues rather than the real problems that face our country.


Written by mvmia16

February 7, 2010 at 2:39 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Totally agree, majority of the people in the world eats fried chicken or some sort of chicken. Even the Chinese offers fried chicken and rice. Movies and stereotypes have society thinking black people love fried chicken or macaroni even though it’s true. However that’s not the only race that enjoy these foods. I was watching Tyler Perry’s House of Paynes one night and the black family ate dinner with the Spanish family. The black family bought enchiladas over and the Spanish family made Fried chicken and collard greens. What a stereotype.


    February 7, 2010 at 3:50 am

  2. Fried chicken, collard greens, etc may be eaten by Blacks but it’s really just southern cooking. I’ve eaten at the restaurant in Savannah, Georgia that is the white celebrity chef Paula Deans, and the majority of the stuff on her menu is just that..Fried chicken, collard greens, black eyed peas, and corn bread.

    Even though it’s stereotypically what black people are shown eating, I think the majority of true southern families eat the same thing whether they are white or black.


    February 7, 2010 at 3:31 pm

  3. In one ways I think it could be an overreaction but at the same time I understand the feeling. I once saw a cartoon pic from the mid 1950s in which a a little black girl (about 5) was shown standing in a watermelon patch with a very large and protruding stomach. The caption said “Oh no I hope I’m not…it must have been something i ate.” In this ad the stereotype of Black women as sexually promiscuous as well as watermelon-loving was used and it is ads like this make me understand why people get so upset. If these are obviously Southern foods, what would be the reason behind serving them during Black History Month?


    February 8, 2010 at 1:32 am

  4. This menu situation is an example of something that is only racist when someone wants it to be.


    February 8, 2010 at 8:07 pm

  5. I agree: it’s only racist if you MAKE it racist. Let’s be honest, you can put a spin on it and say these are “southern” foods, but in reality a black man was trying to get these foods approved for this particular month for a reason: to celebrate the black culture and the food that encompasses it and means something. Would it be racist is for a Hispanic Heritage event they served Latin food? No, it would just be delicious. And of course representative of their culture.


    February 9, 2010 at 3:03 pm

  6. As a previous commenter has said all of those foods are not necessarily “black” foods but more so Southern foods. I personally do not like watermelon what so over and thats a fruit directly tied to blacks. What I do know is that the last and final time i went to Perkins I was with a group of friends. The majority happen to be black we went for breakfast. Not one person ordered anything besides eggs, pancakes,French toast and such. CLEARLY ALL BREAKFAST FOOD. Why did the Caucasian waitress ask of us if we wanted hot sauce. I told her i ABS. loathe hot sauce and as she walked away I made sure to add in I don’t eat friend chicken and watermelon either.


    February 11, 2010 at 7:36 am

  7. Black people arent the only race who eat fried chicken and watermelon and it is these types of stereotypes which keep us in the racists state of society that we are in now. I dont believe that there was anything with the chef’s menu choices and that many people just overreacted.


    February 11, 2010 at 7:21 pm

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