Thursday, February 06, 2014

Black History Month cuisine.

soul foodI have a suggestion for White folks: Please do not wade into the Black History Month waters in the future. I mean I know that you folks mean well, but the following story is not the way you want to show your knowledge of black culture.


"A Black History Month cafeteria special of watermelon, fried chicken and cornbread proposed at an all-girls Catholic school has sparked outrage among community members who are denouncing the menu as a celebration of black stereotypes, not history.


Carondelet High School in Concord, Calif. announced Monday it would be serving the meal that week, but reactions from students and parents prompted an assembly and explanatory letter the next day, NBC reports.


"I'd like to apologize for this announcement and any hurt this caused students, parents or community members," principal Nancy Libby stated. "Please know that at no time at Carondelet do we wish to perpetrate (sic) racial stereotypes," adding that she met with leaders of the school’s Black Student Union, who requested the watermelon be removed from the menu.


According to the Associated Press, the items were removed from the menu, and the school will hold an assembly on diversity." [Source]


Lord have mercy, and this is in California.


Now let's be clear, I happen to like cornbread and fried chicken--- although as I get older I eat less of the stuff. But I am sure that a lot of white folks love these things as well. In fact have you ever noticed how fast fresh watermelon flies off the produce shelf in lily white neighborhoods?


Now, sadly, we get the predictable "assembly on diversity". It should be interesting. I bet KFC will be catering it.


Finally, speaking of diversity, it seems that Jerry Seinfeld found himself in some hot water when he made some comments about race and diversity lately.


Personally, I never thought that he was funny, and while the rest of America was watching Friends, I was watching Living Single, and Martin.


This all stems from his new web series called white "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee". Apparently folks are surprised at the lack of diversity on the program.


But why is this a surprise? This is a guy who had a sitcom based in the middle of New York, and you could see more black people on the ice in an NHL game than in his sitcom.


"People think [comedy] is the census or something, it's gotta represent the actual pie chart of America," ..... "Who cares?"


Where is Newman when you need him?




 







60 comments:

Whitey's Conspiracy said...

Gotta disagree on principle on this one Field. "Soul Food" the blend of 3 continents' ingredients & meathods into a unique repettoire ultimately becoming one of the world's great cuisines is as almost as great a cuItural achievement as Jazz. It should be as celebrated. Even if (inevitably) lamely in a school lunch. Although I'd have proposed catering had I been in charge for authenticity's sake if nothing else.

Bill said...

FN said...

Lord have mercy, and this is in California.


Concord, no less.

A private girls school.

78% white.

I would bet not many parents are NRA members.

KinkyCon said...

What? Jerry Seinfeld was on friends?

KinkyCon said...
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Anonymous said...

Whisper, ... I live in the Bay Area and Calif. is just as racist as some of these other hot spots within the US. The only difference is that these bigots out here is much more subtle and sophisticated.

F*ck the Bay Area!

KinkyCon said...

More from Jerry Seinfeld-

“Funny is the world that I live in,” he concluded. “You’re funny, I’m interested. You’re not funny, I’m not interested. And I have no interest in gender, or race, or anything like that.”


The left will continue to embrace the hell out of themselves over this nontroversy

KinkyCon said...

And field....

Did you forget to mention Martin Luther King was arrested for murder and assault?

33-year-old charged in triple shooting, 1 death

Police in Jacksonville have arrested 33-year-old Martin Luther King on a murder charge and two counts of aggravated assault after they said he shot three men last week, killing one.

http://www.news4jax.com/news/33-year-old-charged-in-triple-shooting-1-death/-/475880/18165622/-/h32gqk/-/index.html




Bill said...

Now let's be clear, I happen to like cornbread and fried chicken--- although as I get older I eat less of the stuff. But I am sure that a lot of white folks love these things as well. In fact have you ever noticed how fast fresh watermelon flies off the produce shelf in lily white neighborhoods?

Ever notice how fast a plate of fried chicken disappears in lily white neighborhoods?

Food is color blind.


Personally, I never thought that he was funny, and while the rest of America was watching Friends, I was watching Living Single, and Martin.


White people watching white comedians.

Black people watching black comedians.

Does that make the comedians racist or the people watching racist?


Apparently folks are surprised at the lack of diversity on the program.

Didn't this same jerry guy cancel a childrens hospital charity event in protest because donald trump spoke out against obamas birth certificate?

lilacpr2000 said...

Lawd have mercy is right! That's how they're celebrating black History month! Jesus Christ. In 2014!!!
Unbelievable really! There outta be a law. Don't wanna even think how they would celebrate Latin History month. Beans, rice, pork chops and flan. Way to go! Oh and beer! 57Now how about a little "La Bamba" and we'll call it a day :)))

Seinfeld is supposedly coming here to do a show in San Juan in March. I say he ran out of money. His comedy by itself is very dry and quite unfunny. The show was a success because of the characters. It was called 'Seinfeld' not 'Friends' :D

I think it was a hit because of it's New York affiliation much as Sex in the City was. Friends was the biggest piece of crap, in my opinion anyway.

Anonymous said...

"A Black History Month cafeteria special of watermelon, fried chicken and cornbread proposed at an all-girls Catholic school has sparked outrage among community members who are denouncing the menu as a celebration of black stereotypes, not history."

For pete's sake, Field. It's a goddamn lunch that the school wanted to honor Black History month with.

Our folks upset over watermelon stereotyping us? Well, the truth is we eat watermelons like no tomorrow and we get upset when Whites put it on the menu during Black History month? WTF?

We are crazy and angry and make no sense whatsoever. If Blacks in Concord think it's stereotyping them, then they should leave the school. As far as I am concerned the school did NOTHING wrong...Watermelon is popular with Blacks.

But, these Blacks live in and around the Bay Area, which means they are weird anyway. They hate they were born Black. That's why they are pissed off. They don't want to be associated with 'anything' that is Black. It's not the watermelon that has made them angry. It's the fact that they will never be White. the bay area is a weird in the sense that Blacks are more against themselves than the Whites are.

That 's why the area is jokingly called "Uncle Tom's Sell-Out." It's very different from LA, CA.

Anonymous said...

How pathetic.

Man, the BGI police were quick to get out the whip and start crackin'. Gotta make sure those white people continue to feel guilty and understand that if black people are "offended" it's a major crime.

I mean, after all, without white guilt, the BGI funding machine would dry up overnight. Can't have that!

So.. reading this... on Friday, am standing in line at the express checkout with a few lines, and the black guy in line behind me puts on the belt .... a malt liquor, fried chicken from the deli counter, and watermelon.

My friend and I burst out laughing. He gave us a death glare. So I guess we're racist for finding this funny.

People need to get over themselves.
It's going to be a looooong monkeyshines month.

Anonymous said...

Sooo, to recap:

Is there anything that doesn't "offend" black people?

And then "black people" wonder why NFS has set in (Negro Fatigue Syndrome).

"Racist" is a word invented by the communist agitprop specialists to evoke white guilt. It's losing its magic to empty the pockets of white people for the benefit of black people.


Anonymous said...

The food in the picture is what made Paula Deen smile all the way to the bank.

Anonymous said...

"Lord have mercy, and this is in California."

This is a mistake in identity. CA couldn't possibly be the state that would do this. Whitey and the Governor wouldn't stand for it.

Brother Field, this might be hard for you to believe, but CA has absolutely no racial problems.:)

Anonymous said...

Brother Field, we complain too much about NOTHING. I agree with some of the Whites...This shit is giving me fatigue...I am burnt out! and if you keep posting racial bullshit and crap like you have been doing, you are going to have an empty blog.

Of course, Desert, PC, PilotX and Granny will always be there. That's because they love sucking Philly pond water.

But don't worry. Your clients are becoming whiter and whiter by the day.:) So, you may enter into a new Renaissance in America. At least, you will have so many white friends it will prove that you are not a racist. Of course, when you redeem yourself with the Whites, you will become an Uncle Tom with the Blacks...Hey, stop your whining, this is America. Race has nothing to do with anything.

Anonymous said...

Brother Field, this might be hard for you to believe, but CA has absolutely no racial problems.:)


11:16 PM
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Alabama has better black and white race relations than Oakland/SF.

Whitey's Conspiracy said...

What kind of a sick people have celebraty child murderers anyway?. We're clearly still the same savages who exchanged souvenier lynching postcards.

PilotX:Freeing Slaves from the republican plantation since the 70's said...

YOUR a racist Field! I meam watching Living Single and Martin! Why must everything be about race with you people!

It's Good to Be White, said...

I would swap the potatoes for a salad otherwise a good meal. What wrong with your negro’s?

Anonymous said...

pilot, i agree, field is a racist.

GrannyStandingforTruth said...

They might as well cook some chitterlings, salt pork, grits, and get together and sing slave spirituals.

Maybe, they should serve gumbo with lots of crab, shrimp, hot links, and chicken wings served on rice with a few saltines.

Or have a fish fry.

Skip the nasty watermelon. All black folks do not like watermelon. They like cantaloupe, apples, oranges, peaches, and plums.

I like fried chicken, baked chicken, stewed chicken, barbecue chicken, chicken n dumplings, sweet and sour chicken, cream of chicken, chicken and noodles...

GrannyStandingforTruth said...

What about some Escoviche, Jerk Chicken, Rice and Peas, Plantains or
paw-paw, a sweetsop, a star apple or guinep?

Anonymous said...

Granny, chitterlings? what is that? You know, I'm not sure if you know what soul food is because the food you listed is Jamaican and some of it is southern White food. Where are you from?

Anonymous said...

does anybody know what happened to FP? This is Black History month and I am sure she has some history for us.

GrannyStandingforTruth said...

Chitterlings is what slaves ate. It is the intestine of a pig.

Yes, I know that some of the food was Jamaican. As for the gumbo, that's a creole dish, my dad used to cook gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice all the time. Nevertheless, if the cafeteria is celebrating black history month...Jamaicans are black people too aren't they?

As for the chicken list, I was thinking about all the ways I like chicken. Black people fry fish. It's a cheap meal that you can go fishing and catch.

Oh, I know what soul food is. I've been cooking since I was 8 yrs old. Soul food does not just consist of fried chicken.

GrannyStandingforTruth said...

I live in California, but I have lived in the South, in the woods, and city as well.

Also, I traveled a lot, but here lately, I've cut down on traveling.

The Purple Cow said...

Quote Bill-Oh-The-Totally-Fucking-Delusional

"All the times you ignored me asking for you to back something up and you actually wrote this?"

Where?

When?

Name one.

While you're at it, think about all the times you have conveniently disappeared from this site after I caught you in yet another lie, only to return the next day as if nothing has happened.

Double standards on your part Bill-boi, double standards.

PilotX:Freeing Slaves from the republican plantation since the 70's said...

No PC, only you socialist liberals and Democrats can be hypocrits and have double standards.

The Purple Cow said...

Oh yeah, I forgot.

**

I've read about this story in a variety of news outlets, and every time I get an ear-worm of this song, from our collective pasts...

"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjKahBL0_XY#t=35

field negro said...

Folks my bad. I associated Seinfeld with Friends, and that was wrong. Friends, to my knowledge, was NOT produced by Jerry Seinfeld. (At least I don't think was)

Still, my point remains, since the show that he did produce was just as lacking in diverse characters.

Sharon from WI said...

Field, I didn't watch Friends for the reason you cited, i.e., the fictional all-white NYC in which these characters lived. But Seinfield did have black characters, some who were a part of plot lines, not extras in the background. One was a Johnny Cochran knockoff representing Kramer; another was a family that with whom George watched a movie version of a book he was too lazy to read the book for the book club he had joined. Those are two instances that come to mind and they were funny episodes.

I also watched Living Single and In Living Color. Martin, not so much. As much as I like Martin Lawrence, that show was full of stereotypes and his character was annoying .

KinkyCon said...

Living Single and Martin had so much diversity.

What about the Cosby's? Good Times? Sanford and Son? What's Happening?

Funny we never hear the left cry about the lack of diversity on tv shows that have no white main characters.

Double standards?

Hypocrisy?

You betcha.

The Purple Cow said...

"What about the Cosby's? Good Times? Sanford and Son? What's Happening? "

We wouldn't know, we are not as old as you.

"Funny we never hear the left cry about the lack of diversity on tv shows that have no white main characters."

As usual you miss the point spectacularly. A show primarily featuring black or white people can still be diverse if it reflects the real world.

'Friends' for instance, inhabited an almost entirely mono-racial world.

Bill said...

Congresswoman sleeps in a homeless shelter
http://blog.sfgate.com/nov05election/2014/02/06/congresswoman-sleeps-in-a-homeless-shelter/


A good white democrat seeing what life is like for those not like her.

Of course, she's worth 12.5 Million $$$.
http://apps.washingtonpost.com/politics/capitol-assets/member/jackie-speier/


If she felt income inequality was a problem she would give her money away to help people.

Like all good white democrats, she wants to keep hers despite her concerns about income inequality.

Typical of rich white democrats.

Double standard.

Bill said...

Hit "publish your comment" too soon.

The same rich white democrat wants Obama (and other people that lie about Obamacare) to wear a pinocchio nose.

My fantasy: We should have a new rule that makes lawmakers wear Pinocchio noses when they lie about the #ACA
https://twitter.com/RepSpeier/status/431112393767153664


Lie of the Year: 'If you like your health care plan, you can keep it'
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2013/dec/12/lie-year-if-you-like-your-health-care-plan-keep-it/

Of course this rich white democrat doesn't really want Obama to wear a nose, just the other liars.

Double Standard.

KinkyCon said...

News Field won't be spreading through the fields.

The black unemployment rate is at 35%.

Under Obama, black unemployment back to twice the white rate

http://washingtonexaminer.com/under-obama-black-unemployment-back-to-twice-the-white-rate/article/2534597


From the BLS.

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t02.htm

Unemployment. Incomes. Poverty. All worse for blacks under President Obama.

YET, blacks continue to give the president approval ratings over 88%.

The plantation thing?

That's just a myth.










Bill said...

Black caucus chair: We'd be "marching on the White House" under a different president
...
"If (former President) Bill Clinton had been in the White House and had failed to address this problem, we probably would be marching on the White House," Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., said in an interview with McClatchy newspapers.
...
Black unemployment stands at about 17 percent.
...
Cleaver said, "If we can't criticize a black president, then it's all over."


http://www.cbsnews.com/news/black-caucus-chair-wed-be-marching-on-the-white-house-under-a-different-president/


Like Emanuel Cleaver said, it's all over.

GrannyStandingforTruth said...

Kinky Con,

Did you just move to this country or do you live in another country?

Since, we're celebrating Black History month, let me school you on another part of history here in the USA land of equal opportunity...LOL!

Black people throughout history have always been the LAST to be hired and the FIRST to be fired. Those who believe that they should have privileges over other people of a darker hue always hire their own first and give those of a darker hue what is left over. It's called job discrimination.

I think most Black people who live in the USA know that and have observed that all their lives or someone in the older generation in their family has pulled their coat to it. Inequality is not new to Black people. Stop blaming the President for unemployment, he does not interview or hire people for any of these jobs in the USA.

That being a part of Black History, is the main reason why the GOP wanted to end unemployment because they believe that it will hurt Black people. However, they don't care if they hurt some of their own poor white people, which they always do in the process.

KinkyCon said...

Granny sometimes standing for the truth, how many in the GOP did you talk to about unemployment? Since you know what the GOP believes.

I get it.. Obama isn't to blame for his failed policies.

GrannyStandingforTruth said...

Granny---> waving at Frances and Sharon of WI, good to see both of your fonts.

GrannyStandingforTruth said...

Kinky Con,

I don't have to talk to them, they express how they feel daily. I can hear, read between lines, and comprehend.

His policies haven't failed, the GOP congress has blocked everything he has attempted to do. People are not blind with the exception of the GOP base that don't recognize that. Anyone with common sense and knows how the government works knows that.

Bills start in the House, which is controlled by the GOP. If they don't bring it to the floor, nothing gets done. The GOP House of rep only agenda is to see the President fail, to obstruct, and to fatten their families' coffers.

The GOP congress has FAILED.

Anonymous said...

black 'cuisine'

Hahahahahahahaha *snort* hahahahaha.

Hilarious.

Bill said...

GrannyStandingforTruth said...
The GOP congress has FAILED.


When Obama was elected, the democrat party controlled the white house, senate and congress.

What went wrong for the country to vote republicans into power in congress just a couple years after the bush regime?

PilotX:Freeing Slaves from the republican plantation since the 70's said...

Well Bill, during those first few months there were some good legislation passed, Lilly Leadbetter ect but I forget the Mass senator who became ill and his seat was won by a Repub so those "glory days" were short lived. Funny, with a bing machine you should know this. Nothing per se went wrong but the opposition party historically gains seats. Nothing new.

Bill said...

PilotX:Freeing Slaves from the republican plantation since the 70's said...
but I forget the Mass senator who became ill and his seat was won by a Repub so those "glory days" were short lived. Funny, with a bing machine you should know this.


I should know this? Bing you say?

What went so terribly wrong that teddy's seat was lost to a republican?


opposition party historically gains seats

historically opposition parties don't include 8 years of bush.

What turned so many independent voters off about complete democrat control?

Anonymous said...

Field said, "Personally, I never thought that he was funny, and while the rest of America was watching Friends, I was watching Living Single, and Martin. "

Brother Field, I didn't watch Living Single and Martin because they were on FOX. So you DO watch FOX? Very interesting.

I can understand Sharon from WI watching because she is Jewish and Black and would be attracted to FOX.

But YOU? the one who is always taking about FOX being a right-wing network for the GOP? Gasp! You are truly into "double standards".

I am surprised that no one picked up on this, esp Bill. Or maybe he decided to give you a break?

Lt. Greyman, NVA said...

You know that if they served Hamburgers, Fries and Sprite that the negros would be complaining that "the food doesn't reflect our racial heritage". If you really wanted to reflect Black History month, you would let them starve for 4 or 5 days and then have a helicopter drop food supplies off on the play field marked "UN Emergency Supplies".

Or simply get a big iron pot and cook the teacher...

Anonymous said...

Lt Greyman, your vision is off. Your heart is heartless. And your brain is twisted. If anyone should be cooked it should be you. You must be a therapist of some sort.

dinthebeast said...

Yeah, Concord is in Contra Costa county, the second most conservative county in the state, or as some of us around here refer to it: White Man Land. This incident is still better than that school in Utah where they straight up threw food in the trash over kids parents being behind on their lunch money.

-Doug in Oakland

Anonymous said...

Well Doug, they don't have a financial problem with Blacks in Concord, do they? If you are Black and live in Concord, you have money. So it's a very different issue, isn't it?

However, should the Blacks not pay, how do you know they wouldn't do the same as in Utah? In Concord, they would do even worse: they'd probably kick the kids out of the school. Remember it's Concord and it's damn near lily White AND Conservative.

PilotX:Freeing Slaves from the republican plantation since the 70's said...

Really? You name all 5 blah shows over the last 40 years compared to the thousands of shows with all white casts. Jeesus, I hope ytou're Bill if not Field is attracting some real stupid people.

Anonymous said...

Random comments. I can see it both ways.

1. Could it have been any more stereotyped, right down to the watermelon? That's the worst, watermelon, like the cartoon of a wide-smiling negro. You need a shoe shine, suh?

2. Cherry picking. Fried chicken, corn bread, watermelon for Black History Month. Did anyone ask what they did for other ethnic group recognition? Was food part of the deal? Pizza on Columbus Day? Enchilidas on Cinco de Mayo? Bratwurst for Adolf Hitler's birthday? (Can we laugh, or is that forbidden?)

3. Hey it's food. It's especially southern food, and (almost) every black person in America traces American roots to the south. Guess what too? Lots of white people like fried chicken, corn bread, and watermelon. Can't we all eat?

4. Can we just talk? Why didn't someone at the school call up some black parents and ask?

5. Can we just talk? Some people are racists, but a lot more people are awkward, scared, and isolated and don't know what the hell to do. Why didn't someone call up some black parents? Maybe they were afraid of asking a stupid question. How do you start a conversation?

field negro said...

Anon@4:00, you seem like a reasonable person, I would have no problem with having a conversation with you. Anon trolls, on the other hand, not so much. Just too much Stormfront indoctrination to ever start a conversation.

Besides, I can't stand to see chewing tobacco. :)

....Ok, cheap shot, but u get my point.

Anonymous said...

I can really see it both ways. More randomness. It's the only way I can handle it, 'cause it doesn't make sense. None if it makes sense.

1. People don't know what to say. Someone dies and they don't know what to say. They want to reach out but they are afraid of saying the wrong thing so they don't say anything. Everyone's lonelier.

2. Lots of white people want to know black people but they don't know how. They don't know what to say. It's stupid and ridiculous and they know it, so they say nothing.

3. Watermelon. Now if the black folks down the street come to my block party (will they even come?) is it dangerous to have a watertmelon? I don't like watermelon but it's summer and maybe other people like watermelon. Maybe the black folks down the street like watermelon, and how f'ing stupid is it to worry? But the watermelon-eatin' negro is truly one of the nastier stereotypes of my youth. I knew it when I was 5 years old.

4. No fan of ol' man Barack any more, not after he lied his ass off about health care and totally fucked it up. But I sure like his family, especially his wife and her healthy food kick. But I'm afraid to say the wrong thing.

5. This is all to awkward. Why didn't someone just have a laugh. Does anyone ever just laugh it off anymore? They served chicken, cornbread and watermelon. There wasn't a noose in the cafeteria. Does anyone ever laugh? That's what I did. I said to the ball & chain: "Did you hear about the private christian school in California that served fried chicken, corn bread, and watermelon for Black History Month?" We had a good laugh. Sorry, but we laughed. Does anyone ever laugh at anything anymore? Ever? Am I the last laugher on earth?

6. I didn't laugh at Trayvon Martin.

7. Never liked fried chicken, but I love it grilled. Corn bread, it's the best. Can someone pass the corn bread? Can we eat? Can we laugh. Can we talk? Can we say stupid things and laugh? Can we eat?

field negro said...

We can eat. Have a great soul /sea food restaurant here in Philly that I would like to introduce you to. The owner is a friend of mine and I can assure u that u will enjoy the food and the experience.

I would never make that offer to a wing nut troll because the sight of a black man owning his own business and thriving would make them sick to the stomach. And what would be the point of a nice meal if u can't keep it down?

Anonymous said...

Random thought.

1. I wish a whole lot more black people owned businesses. Everyone would be better off.

Anonymous said...

More random thoughts.

2. It's the internet, where people turn into rabid dogs.

3. Honesty is a mixed bag. Especially on the internet, where people confuse it with writing whatever angry thing comes into their head.

4. I don't know about your other white commenters, but I can imagine. Some nastiness (as a general idea) comes from disappointment and frustration. It winds up looking like hate, and when it happens it's depressing.

5. Hurt + ego = anger.

6. The biggest thing that white people fear about black people is crime. It scares "us" as much as the police scare "you."

7. I wouldn't want to be black and stopped by the police. I don't blame black people for being afraid of being stopped by the police.

8. The thing I hate most is being afraid of each other. Fear is the acid that consumes trust.

9. Very few things would inspire me more than to see a million man march of black businessmen. You can't speak for all black people, and I can't speak for all white people, but I think a whole lot of white people would cheer their heads off for that march.

10. "Us" and "you" stinks, but sometimes reality stinks. Now what do we do about it? Can we all eat?

Anonymous said...

11. I understated myself in #9. A whole lot of white people would cry tears of joy for that march. Not everyone. But a whole lot of "us." Don't believe it if you don't want to, but I think it's as true as the sun and as right as the rain.

Anonymous said...

Last thing.

I'm planning on being in N.Y.C. in early May. I'd be happy to take a side trip your way, and it's be a privilege to break bread w/you and whoever else. I'll contact you when it gets closer.

I don't agree with a bunch of what I see here when I lurk, but you're an interesting guy. And it's been a good 20 years since I was last in Philly, so I'd like to get there again anyway.

Anonymous said...

This complaint is idiotic. Cry me a river.
What will they serve during WHITE history month? Surf and Turf with a nice Cab Sauv? A baby greens salad with balsamic vinaigrette? Do I get to be offended if they serve that during White history month?
Field Negro, pleeze!

reality flash... what will they serve during Biafran history month?... nothing, because the Nigerians STARVED them to death in a show of racial solidarity.