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Old 03-05-08, 10:44 AM
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Is celebrating Black History Month with fried chicken and greens a racist thing?

So for two years running now, my workplace cafeteria has had a special "Black History Month" menu which featured fried chicken and collard greens.

We all figured that after they had this last year, someone would get a talking to. But nope, they did it again this year.

Am I reading too much into it? My first reaction when I read the menu items was "What, is Fuzzy Zoeller planning our meals now?"
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Old 03-05-08, 10:47 AM
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Originally Posted by lotsofdvds
So for two years running now, my workplace cafeteria has had a special "Black History Month" menu which featured fried chicken and collard greens.

We all figured that after they had this last year, someone would get a talking to. But nope, they did it again this year.

Am I reading too much into it? My first reaction when I read the menu items was "What, is Fuzzy Zoeller planning our meals now?"
Don't you like fried chicken?
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Originally Posted by lotsofdvds
My first reaction when I read the menu items was "What, is Fuzzy Zoeller planning our meals now?"
My cafeteria celebrated Chinese New Year by offering chop suey and other "Chinese" fare. Same idea.
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no watermelon?
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Now if they offered Grape Soda and Watermelon - there might be an issue there.
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heck no... any corn bread?
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wasn't Black History month last month? Shouldn't it be haggis and whiskey on the menu?
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Old 03-05-08, 10:55 AM
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Yes you are reading too much in to it.

Fuzzy Z. got flack for making a joke about the food and insinuating that Tiger only eats that kind of food.

In this case its not meant to be a joke, but cultural exposure. If someone gets offended at this, then they are just looking to play the race card. (IMO)
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Sounds a little bit racist. Reminds me of a Dave Chappelle joke where he says, (and I'm paraphrasing) it's not racist to assume all black people like fired chicken. Everyone loves fired chicken, if you don't, what's wrong with you?
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Old 03-05-08, 10:56 AM
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Yes, perhaps you're reading too much into it.

But then, there's no way of knowing what will offend some people. It gets tricky when everyone's so defensive.

Whether this is "celebrating a culture" (yay!) or "engaging in gross stereotypes" (boo!) is strictly up to whoever bitches the loudest.
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Old 03-05-08, 10:58 AM
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Originally Posted by grrrah
Yes you are reading too much in to it.

Fuzzy Z. got flack for making a joke about the food and insinuating that Tiger only eats that kind of food.

In this case its not meant to be a joke, but cultural exposure. If someone gets offended at this, then they are just looking to play the race card. (IMO)
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I dunno. Do they celebrate gay pride week by handing out poppers, lube, and antivirals?
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We also had peanut butter soup, whatever that is.
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did you have chicken noodle soup with a soda on the side?
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If they branded it as "soul food" i think they can pass
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As long as they didn't serve store-brand Cheerios with water for breakfast, I don't find that too offensive. But they could've gotten a bit more creative? I mean, at least have some fatback.
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I dunno. Do they celebrate gay pride week by handing out poppers, lube, and antivirals?
Not to move this to the adult forum or anything, but I only know what one of those are.
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I wish I could find some decent fried chicken and collards around here
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Originally Posted by FantasticVSDoom
I wish I could find some decent fried chicken and collards around here
Take the 2 uptown.
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in the army we used to have a soul food day in the mess hall this time of year

our black first sergeant made sure to remind us to check our cholesterol after we ate it
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this racist crap ..my god
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Originally Posted by orangecrush18
Not to move this to the adult forum or anything, but I only know what one of those are.
word of advice - poppers give good brief highs
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Originally Posted by lotsofdvds
So for two years running now, my workplace cafeteria has had a special "Black History Month" menu which featured fried chicken and collard greens.
[Michael Scott]No, that doesn't really make any sense. Because you don't call them "collared" people. That's offensive.[/Michael Scott]
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Hmmm... I'm one of those white men everyone always blames the worlds woes on, yet I ate fried chicken and collards last night. Who'd a thunk?
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Only if they're serving it for breakfast.
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