"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
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?