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    Re: Calif. school apologizes for black history lunch menu

    Quote Originally Posted by AlbqOwl View Post
    It usually does eventually boil down to an absurdity that sometimes I think only we Americans could be guilty of.

    If we were celebrating Jewish history month, would anyone be offended by the cafeteria serving a kosher meal?

    If we were celebrating Irish history, or it was St. Patrick's Day, would anyone be offended by the cafeteria serving corned beef and cabbage or Irish stew?

    If we are celebrating Native American heritage, would anyone be offended by the cafeteria serving traditional "Indian" fare?

    So why is it such an insult to acknowledge that 'black history' includes the invention of and concept of soul food and incorporate that into the process? A whole bunch of us like it a lot. Am I missing something here?
    Were kosher meals or green beer or whatever used in recent cultural history to disparage these ethnic groups?

    While I agree we should be as even handed as possible, we do live in a culture with an active history and cultures very rarely forget their shared history (distort, sure, but forgetting can take centuries. Heck we still have people who bitch about the civil war and political fights nearly two centuries old)

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    Re: Calif. school apologizes for black history lunch menu

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    I fully understand it. We've managed, somehow, to equate fried chicken and watermelon to slavery and deeply embedded racism.

    It's black history month (which in itself could be construed as racist, much like Affirmative Action). One of the things this school did was "celebrate" the foods that black Americans have HISTORICALLY enjoyed. That's not the only thing the school did, just one of the things.

    Then a bunch of people get butthurt because chicken and watermelon have been culturally spun by the left to be synonymous with racism and bigotry. How that is, is baffling. And until we stop fixating on these meaningless nothings, progress will remain stuck in the mud on a lot of levels.
    Yep. Agreed. I'm sure this "60 Minutes" clip has probably been posted on this thread but Morgan Freeman has it exactly right:

    Morgan Freeman on Black History Month - YouTube

    Until we stop seeing a racist behind every tree, until we stop looking for racism in every nuance, and until we stop treating black people like some fragile beings who are so oppressed and disadvantaged and incapable without having their psyches soothed, protected, and elevated, racism will continue alive and well in this country. At the expense of a great deal of blood and treasure of people of all colors and walks of life, we eliminated slavery and segregation and organizational discrimination. We've won the war and we need to stop fighting it. We need to start treating skin color as of no more importance than eye color or hair color.

    It is fine to study the history of our country and world, including treatment of people who were different and that would include black people in both positive and negative concepts of course. And we should not be offended that the black culture at some point invented soul food and it has become an important part of American cultural cuisine enjoyed by many. We should not see it as an insult just by acknowledging that it exists and enjoying it.
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    Re: Calif. school apologizes for black history lunch menu

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    Peanut butter and tuna sandwiches? Have you kept track of his whereabouts, or didn't he survive his lunches?

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    Re: Calif. school apologizes for black history lunch menu

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    I fully understand it. We've managed, somehow, to equate fried chicken and watermelon to slavery and deeply embedded racism.

    It's black history month (which in itself could be construed as racist, much like Affirmative Action). One of the things this school did was "celebrate" the foods that black Americans have HISTORICALLY enjoyed. That's not the only thing the school did, just one of the things.

    Then a bunch of people get butthurt because chicken and watermelon have been culturally spun by the left to be synonymous with racism and bigotry. How that is, is baffling. And until we stop fixating on these meaningless nothings, progress will remain stuck in the mud on a lot of levels.
    Everyone can drop it, people. Erod has solved racism.

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    Re: Calif. school apologizes for black history lunch menu

    Quote Originally Posted by rocket88 View Post
    Your sarcasm detector is broken.
    Sorry. DOH!
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    Re: Calif. school apologizes for black history lunch menu

    There's a difference between watermelon an d fried chicken as "ethnic" foods, and such things as tamales, haggis, or saurkraut. The obvious difference is that the latter are actually national dishes in real countries. The so called "black" ethnic foods are associated not with a country, but with slavery. Just what is the country of the African Americans in the United States anyway? Unless they immigrated from Africa, they're Americans and have no other country in their heritage, or at least in their known heritage. That's why it wouldn't be offensive to serve a lunch of tamales and enchiladas on Cinco de Mayo, but really is offensive to serve up a stereotype on MLK day.
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    Re: Calif. school apologizes for black history lunch menu

    Quote Originally Posted by rcart76 View Post
    Here is a little comic relief about this topic to lighten the mood.


    It really made the video even more funny when the above was followed right by the post below.


    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    It's black history month (which in itself could be construed as racist, much like Affirmative Action). One of the things this school did was "celebrate" the foods that black Americans have HISTORICALLY enjoyed. That's not the only thing the school did, just one of the things.

    I'm sure it wasn't meant on purpose though, right?
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    Re: Calif. school apologizes for black history lunch menu

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    There's a difference between watermelon an d fried chicken as "ethnic" foods, and such things as tamales, haggis, or saurkraut. The obvious difference is that the latter are actually national dishes in real countries. The so called "black" ethnic foods are associated not with a country, but with slavery. Just what is the country of the African Americans in the United States anyway? Unless they immigrated from Africa, they're Americans and have no other country in their heritage, or at least in their known heritage. That's why it wouldn't be offensive to serve a lunch of tamales and enchiladas on Cinco de Mayo, but really is offensive to serve up a stereotype on MLK day.
    Could so use a tamale right now

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    Re: Calif. school apologizes for black history lunch menu

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    I fully understand it. We've managed, somehow, to equate fried chicken and watermelon to slavery and deeply embedded racism.

    It's black history month (which in itself could be construed as racist, much like Affirmative Action). One of the things this school did was "celebrate" the foods that black Americans have HISTORICALLY enjoyed. That's not the only thing the school did, just one of the things.

    Then a bunch of people get butthurt because chicken and watermelon have been culturally spun by the left to be synonymous with racism and bigotry. How that is, is baffling. And until we stop fixating on these meaningless nothings, progress will remain stuck in the mud on a lot of levels.
    And as always, we need to find a way to blame it on the left. You're nothing if not predictable. If it's even slightly unpleasant, it's liberals' fault.

    See this picture. Photoshopped by the left...


    ObamaFriedChicken.jpg

    I mean, it would have to be since it's been "culturally spun by the left" to be a stereotype. Besides which, the right is full of wonderful nice people who never say anything negative about Obama unless it's about his policies. In this case, his policies favoring the chicken industry and watermelon farmers.


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    Damn liberals....




    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    This issue has been plowed more times than Paris Hilton.
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