Monday, January 18, 2010

Racist Chicken and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.


Last week the Denver Public schools ended up apologizing for trying to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Seems the lunch menu last Friday was going to feature fried chicken, collard greens and some other yummy foods. Big mistake say some who called the menu an offensive caricature of black culture. Here is the story from the Denver Post.

Maybe I am one of the insensitive ones but I can’t imagine why anyone would be offended. I wondered if Dr. King did enjoy those foods. A few minutes of searching the Internet and here is what I found. An article from two years ago lists some of the favorite foods in the King household as the Sunday feast of fried chicken, collard greens, black-eyed peas and corn bread. Here is the article.

Maybe those who apologized for the Denver Public Schools should have done their homework before they did. What if the lunch menu had done nothing; would that have shown racial insensitivity? It’s hard to win these days.

Now I wonder if tacos will be off the menu for Cinco de Mayo.

Philip

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