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"Black History Month" Dinner-- Racist?  
User currently offlineCorey07850 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2527 posts, RR: 5
Posted (9 years 6 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1614 times:

As I'm sure all of us in the US know, February is Black History Month. One thing my school is doing is serving a dinner one night to celebrate "black history month", and not surprisingly the meal includes items such as:

-Fried Chicken
-Collard Greens
-Mashed Potatoes
-Cornbread
-Macaroni and Cheese

Is it just me or is serving a meal that is essentially the meal that most white people would say is the stereotypical meal for black people racist?? I don't intend to sound ignorant, but if they wanted to serve a meal to honor and celebrate Black History Month is there nothing else they could have?

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User currently offlineCaptoveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1561 times:

Sounds like it crosses into the realm of racism to me... Are the people serving it going to be wearing white sheets?

User currently offlineSprout5199 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1852 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1554 times:

Quoting Corey07850 (reply 0):
meal includes items such as:

-Fried Chicken
-Collard Greens
-Mashed Potatoes
-Cornbread
-Macaroni and Cheese


Well being from the south, this is a southern menu

Dan in Jupiter


User currently offlineCORULEZ05 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1549 times:

How come black people have their money but Hispanics don't? Or Asians?....I don't get it...I mean, I am all in favor of celebrating black history month but WHAT ABOUT US!.......we deserve a month also...........as for the dinner...I wouldn't call that racist but those foods are part of their culture. Kind of like for us (mexicans) tamales and tacos....so I don't think it is racist at all, just reflecting the culture of the people being celebrated.

User currently offlineCORULEZ05 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1546 times:

oops....edit....first line should read "how come black people have their MONTH but Hispanics don't?.....geez, it is true....I am always thinking about MONEY....lol, and btw, mexicans do have money...and lots of it....I am an example....hehe

User currently offlineLHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1537 times:

Well, you get Cinco de Mayo...  Smile


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User currently offlineJpetekYXMD80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 4389 posts, RR: 29
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1534 times:

Quoting CORULEZ05 (reply 4):
and btw, mexicans do have money...and lots of it....I am an example....hehe


I think I speak for everyone here when i say WHOOP-DE-FUCKING-DOO!

And that meal does sound quite yummy!



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User currently offlineSprout5199 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1852 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1524 times:

Gee being a white male, where's my month? I'm being scarcastic. I think every race should get a month to show pride in thier heritage. However on the same token, if we (the nation as a whole) just give months to peoples that have been suppressed that is racism at its finest.

Dan in Jupiter


User currently offlineAa757first From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3347 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (9 years 6 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1525 times:

I think we should have Caucasian History Month, Native American History Month, Asian History Month, Middle Eastern History Month and Hispanic History Month.

AAndrew


User currently offlineN808NW From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 374 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1493 times:

Long story short....... Black history month is because black people have had quite a history in America... one that shouldn't be forgotten. First of all the blacks were slaves in the U.S for along time. They were treated like property. White people thought it was their divine right to have black people as slaves. When slavery finally ended, blacks had to deal with segregation. Their freedoms were ignored by the whites. Asians and Hispanics do have a history in America, and some of it is similar to what happened with black people. so, I think they do have their "history day".

Hmmm... do the Indians (native Americans) have a day in the U.S?.... because they bloody well should! America was stolen from them!

-Jason



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User currently offlineFlybyguy From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 1801 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1468 times:

That menu doesn't look healthy at all. Don't blame hypertension on the fact of being African American, blame it on the diet.


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User currently offline174thfwff From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 6 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1449 times:

Many of my black friends love that kind of meal. They call it "Soul Food" when I go over their house for dinner. How can it be racist if they, in fact, enjoy and sometimes prefer this kind of meal? I feel political correctness has taken over reality sometimes.

User currently offlineMham001 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3619 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (9 years 6 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1436 times:

I think what he's getting at is that when a white relates fried chicken or watermelon with blacks, he get labeled a racist for perpetuating sterotypes. It would seem that dinner menu perpetuates a stereotype.

User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 6 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1396 times:

And what's 'Black History Month' if it isn't discriminatory..?

Can you imagine a 'White History Month'?


User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 14, posted (9 years 6 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1371 times:

They forgot watermelon...  Big grin

Look at this way, if those aren't "African-American foods," what would you consider to be an African-American foods? The whole fried chicken, collared greens thing is hardly a stereotype at all.



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User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5386 posts, RR: 53
Reply 15, posted (9 years 6 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1368 times:

And what's 'Black History Month' if it isn't discriminatory..?

Can you imagine a 'White History Month'?


The problem is, Backfire, prior to Black History Month, most schools completely ignored the contributions of Blacks to American society. There's the common belief by some that history if the story of dead white men, and having a black history month, at least, puts the spotlight on those who made history but were ignored due to the prejudices of others.



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User currently offlineCORULEZ05 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 6 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1338 times:

oh palease......black people have nothing to complain about. They have their own MONTH....hello. Those foods are customary and are part of their culture, I wouldn't call them a stereotype at all. I love black peeps, they are hilarious and I have lots of friends that are black.

User currently offlineAdam From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 465 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (9 years 6 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1328 times:

In my home city of Lorain, Ohio...we are known as the "International City" because of all the different nationalities represented within our city. We have a big week long festival in the summer, and all sorts of ethnic foods are offered at the 3 day Bazaar which comes at the end of the festival...anyway, theres everything from Hungarian foods to Puerto Rican to Indian. The African American booth serves basically that same menu, so I don't see how it's racists, I couldn't see a black person denying that those foods are their choice meals.


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User currently offlineUSFlyer MSP From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2124 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 6 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1311 times:

Quoting CORULEZ05 (reply 3):
How come black people have their money but Hispanics don't? Or Asians?....I don't get it...I mean, I am all in favor of celebrating black history month but WHAT ABOUT US!.......we deserve a month also...........as for the dinner...I wouldn't call that racist but those foods are part of their culture. Kind of like for us (mexicans) tamales and tacos....so I don't think it is racist at all, just reflecting the culture of the people being celebrated.


ummm.... there actually is a hispanic heritage and an asian heritage month. Hispanic Hertitage month runs from September 15 to October 15th, which coincides with the independance days of Mexico, Costa RIca, Chile, Honduras, Guatemala, EL Salvador, and Nicaragua.

Asian Pacific American Heritage month is the Month of May to coincide with the first recorded immigration of a Japanese person to America as well as the completion of the Transcontinental Railroid which was mostly built with Asian labour.

Please do research before you spout off. As for the dinner, that is traditional african-american cuisine, so as long as it isn't done in a mocking way, i don't see the problem.

USFlyer MSP

[P.S. March is Women's history month]


User currently offlineNWA Man From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1828 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (9 years 6 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1287 times:

Quoting CORULEZ05 (reply 16):
oh palease......black people have nothing to complain about.



Except for that whole "slavery" thing, of course.  Insane



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User currently offlineSESGDL From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3474 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (9 years 6 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1281 times:

Quoting CORULEZ05 (reply 16):
oh palease......black people have nothing to complain about. They have their own MONTH....hello. Those foods are customary and are part of their culture, I wouldn't call them a stereotype at all. I love black peeps, they are hilarious and I have lots of friends that are black.


Now THAT sounded racist. What are you, like five? Black people are funny? Are we all comedians and clowns now? That's a horrible generalization, and I'm sure you're just saying this, so I'll let it slide.

And to all the people saying there should be a white history month, no there shouldn't. You have not suffered like blacks have, you haven't been held down since the beginning of this country's history, you weren't slaves for God's sake. You hear about Girl Power, do you hear about Boy Power or Man Power? No, because it wouldn't be right. Subordinate cultures get some privilege over dominant cultures, as they should. When black people are in control and are the dominant culture, then we can talk about white history month. Until then, people need to stop complaining about how things aren't fair. Blacks have had to come to terms with that for hundreds of years.

And that meal sounds delicious, though it's kinda stereotypical. But it still sounds good.

Jeremy


User currently offlineLehpron From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 7028 posts, RR: 21
Reply 21, posted (9 years 6 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1267 times:

Quoting CORULEZ05 (reply 16):
oh palease......black people have nothing to complain about. They have their own MONTH....hello


They earned that month my fighting for their lives, freedoms, liberties! Have you been educated about the African American community at all? Or do you depend on the newsmedia and their cynicism?

Don't be ignorant dude, inform yourself, it's unlikely you know enough.



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