Controversial Black History Month Lunch Menu Prompts Concord School to Apologize

CBS SF Bay Area, February 6, 2014

Officials at an East Bay private school are apologizing after a controversial lunch menu option to celebrate Black History Month.

Students at Carondelet High School for Girls in Concord wanted to come up with ways to observe the occasion during a lunchtime celebration Friday. But when the school announced a menu of fried chicken, cornbread and watermelon, other students and parents became offended.

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School officials held an assembly on campus Wednesday to discuss the issue and also sent a letter apologizing to parents.

Principal Nancy Libby wrote that the items were taken off the menu and that the school doesn’t perpetuate racial stereotypes.

Libby also wrote the school will hold a diversity assembly for students and faculty.

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While many students felt bad about the announcement, some said our society is too sensitive.

“I understand like how it would offend people. But we’re just doing something to celebrate, not bring it down,” said Morgan Hartford, a junior at the school.

Gabby Simones, a junior at the school who is Latina said, “On Cinco de Mayo we would have probably had enchiladas, rice and beans.”

Robert Jackson, a teacher at Acts Christian Academy said offering fried chicken, cornbread and watermelon is different, because the food goes back to the history of slavery. {snip}

Elizabeth Williams of the Contra Costa County Equal Opportunity Commission and a member of the NAACP had a different view.  “What is the big deal?” Williams said. “Historically and even now, we like our chicken and I’m not going to stop eating my fried chicken, nor my cornbread, nor my watermelon.”

“Let’s move on. Let’s be more progressive. Let’s not be so insulted about something so minute,” Williams said.

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  • Jesse James

    Fried chicken, watermelon and corn bread aren’t just a black thing, they
    are a Southern thing and many whites and blacks count these items on
    their list of favorite foods. They became stereotyped as “black” foods
    during the Great Migration when so many blacks moved from the rural
    South to northern industrial cities. Enough with the anti-Southern
    liberal hysteria, it is really ridiculous. They should have served
    greens and pepper sauce also.

    • Erasmus

      Who doesn’t like fried chicken?

      A healthy piece of poached fish be damned. When I want to reward myself, nothing hits the spot like a piece of battered and deep-fried chicken.

      • Anon

        I prefer my fish raw.
        As for poultry, it’s only good if you have to dig through it to make sure you got all the bird shot out of it.

        • “I prefer my fish raw”.

          I agree. Cooking saltwater fish spoils the taste. Sadly, perhaps, we live 1000 miles from the nearest ocean.

          • SFLBIB

            You should come to Arizona. Although we are not quite 1,000 miles from an ocean, we have more than our share of seafood, IMHO.

            I travel a lot in my job, and one thing I notice whenever I go to a seaport town is the utter dearth of meat on the menus of most restaurants, yet here in the middle of the desert, there are plenty with fish. Somehow it doesn’t seem fair to us fish[1] haters.

            [1] Fish: the only food named after its odor.

        • Alexandra1973

          I like sardines myself. Really good for you.

    • 48224

      Very true. Blacks have hijacked southern food. As if they invented fried chicken and corn bread??? We are from Kentucky and what blacks called soul food, we called supper. Soup beans, corn bread, fried chicken, turnip greens, mustard greens, grits, poke salad, chicken and dumplins, we ate it all.

      • Brian

        Gotta be careful with that poke salad though.

      • SFLBIB

        My job took me to the South, and I can’t take more than a couple of days of Southern food: too rich, as everything is swimming in butter and fat-back. Then there are grits, which I had never seen before. A Southern friend told me to try them, so I did. They were blah bland, so, since they looked like oatmeal, I put sugar on them … awful. He was shocked when I told him that, and he said you’re supposed to put salt and butter on them. So next morning, I did, but they were still awful … tasted like butter in seawater.

        I will say that the best Navy bean soup I ever ate was in the South.

    • Alexandra1973

      I’m a lifelong Yankee and I love a lot of that stuff. Sometimes I make my own cornbread–my son and I both love it. Grits with butter, yeah!

      • I prefer grits with no sugar, but pepper and melted cheese instead. I like oatmeal the same way. I tried sriracha sauce and a scrambled egg in my oatmeal this morning. It was cold this morning! I normally just use pepper and melted cheese in oatmeal as well.

        • Garrett Brown

          Melted cheese is what turns grits from a simple carb to one of the most delicious breakfast choices you can have. Cheddar with some garlic salt and egg whites, I am a happy camper.

          • Brian

            My favorite grits-related food is to use Gruyere cheese, with some sea salt and cracked pepper, and some andouille sausage. When I get a wild hair I might grill some green peppers and onions. Haute-billy cuisine.

          • Garrett Brown

            Gruyere cheese? Ill have to try it. The sausage idea sounds delicious. I usually put the peppers in with the egg whites.

          • We use gruyere in cheese fondue, but are careful to use only Swiss product. American imitation gruyere tends to separate from the white wine.

          • Garrett Brown

            Bought some at the store tonight, not sure if it’s American made or not. Looking forward to breakfast tomorrow.

        • pcmustgo

          shrimp n’ grits!

        • texasoysterman

          Myself, I like grits with oysters. Emeril had a superb recipe years ago that I tried. I remember it involved bacon and cheese.
          I have never tried oysters in my oatmeal.

    • Katherine McChesney

      Today for lunch I had fried chicken, green beans and fried okra with a glass of unsweetened tea. It’s my favorite meal. The only thing missing was mashed potatoes.

      Black blog “Field Negro” calls this ‘black cuisine’ but I’d imagine that Southern Whites were eating this long before blacks did. I think their special ‘cuisine’ was chitterlings or ‘chitlins’ as they say in ebonics.

      • Nobody is very certain where okra originated. Bangladesh is the country that grows the most by far, so perhaps it came from there.

        • Katherine McChesney

          Boiled okra is also delicious.

        • Long Live Dixie

          I believe okra originates in West Africa.

          • Our word for it does, but that’s no real suprise.

          • Who Me?

            I love most of the foods mentioned here as “black foods”. It’s the stuff I grew up on. Fried chicken, cornbread, greens, and black-eyed peas = the best dinner in the world. However I will make two exceptions: in my opinion okra is not fit for man nor beast. (You don’t even want to know my three-word definition of okra.)
            I never saw or heard of menudo until I moved to SoCal in my 20’s. I always, (perhaps mistakenly) thought it was a Mexican food–and also unfit for human consumption. Not for the taste, I don’t know what it tastes like because there is very little that would induce me to put it in my mouth, but because of what it is made of.
            Oh, and I guess if we are talking about things we won’t eat, you can throw “Rocky Mountain Oysters” up there on the list for the same reasons as menudo…

          • PvtCharlieSlate

            Ever heard of haggis?

          • SoulInvictus

            Now I feel much better about being the only Southerner I know that can’t stand fried okra (or grits).

          • I like grits with cheese melted into them. Pecans are nice as well, but I prefer pistachios.

          • Who Me?

            Grits are okay, and I love pecans, especially in a PROPER pecan pie. (Not that mess they sell in the store.)

          • SoulInvictus

            Never will understand the appeal of grits. You have to smother them with butter, cheese, pepper, …something just to make the non food tasty. Pecans are like tree bark to me. Boiled peanuts, cashews, now those I love. If you want a good pie, try Butternut Squash. I don’t even like pie (prefer cobblers) and I can’t get enough of those.

          • Blueberry pie, with vanilla ice cream, and unsweetened black coffee.

          • SFLBIB

            “Never will understand the appeal of grits.”

            It depends on what you are raised on. Koreans eat kimchee with every meal; most Americans won’t eat it at all.

          • FransSusan

            Grits are a good butter-delivery system. You’re right; they must have butter, salt, and pepper. They’re good with scrambled eggs, bacon, and toast. If you don’t like pecan pie you’ve never had the right one.

          • Pecan pie… with unsweetened black coffee.

            It’s a wonder I’m not fat.

          • SoulInvictus

            I see your blueberry pie and raise you a blackberry (picked from my fence row) cobbler. I’ve been fat and then found the Paleo Diet. Can’t recommend that enough either.
            Though the coloring in blueberries is one of the rare things that penetrates the blood/brain barrier and promotes new brain cell growth. May help fight Alzheimers. 🙂

          • Alexandra1973

            Maybe that’d help my son. He loves blueberries.

          • SoulInvictus

            Do a little research on it, very interesting (to me anyway ;).
            If you’re having ADHD problems with him, also research Paleo.
            The food pyramid that’s been promoted for so long is a big part of mental health and obesity problems we have now.
            Notice how obesity has only accelerated and exponentially increased since the high carbohydrate, high grain diet has been pushed for the past 50-60 years.
            For hundreds of thousands of years, grains and breads weren’t food we ate. Our bodies are still working the way they did pre-agricultural revolution, but our diets don’t reflect that.
            Anyway, that’s a soap box I could rant on forever. Hope it helps your son. 🙂

          • Katherine McChesney

            Paper shell pecans in a dark Karo syrup base makes the best pecan pie.
            Too much sugar but a great occasional treat. Now, THAT’s a true Southern dessert.

          • Who Me?

            Use sorghum or molasses and add a couple tablespoons Kentucky bourbon.

      • antiquesunlight

        Poor whites also ate chitlins. Don’t know if they still do, because it’s definitely a “black thing” nowadays.

        • Alexandra1973

          My dad spent some time in the South from what he told me (he was born in Detroit) and he said he used to eat that.

          Personally, I wouldn’t eat pig guts.

          My younger sister would gross me out by eating pigs’ feet.

        • In prison, I celebrated the end of each month by eating a bag of spicy pork rinds I bought from the commissary. One of my friends, a Colombian-German named Luis used to say they looked like the pig ear treats for dogs. I didn’t mind.

    • John K

      Like Christianity, they took our foods.

      • Garrett Brown

        Took er jerbs!!!

      • bilderbuster

        Homos took our rainbow.

      • BonV.Vant

        and transformed it into something ungodly

    • Anon

      You only tell part of the story. There is a REASON black people have a thing about fried chicken, corn bread, watermelon and such things and it very much is a southern thing but has little to do with migration of blacks (most blacks still live in Dixie and are unlikely to leave).
      Among all the other things blacks people are too stupid to do, they are almost unable to cook a basic meal. Today, most black people eat a diet of 100% fast food, prepackaged goods and snack food (all bought via EBT card). The very last thing a black person does is cook their own food.
      Before there was KFC, and going back all the way to slavery (which, in the US was NEVER real slavery but rather the forerunner of welfare), blacks did only the most simple tasks and white people did everything else for them including the cooking. Blacks who had to subsist on black cooking for whatever reason….well, imagine today’s average inner city shebolith. Now imagine you asked her to make you lunch. Do you think it would be in any way edible?
      So, whenever blacks got access to GOOD cooking, it was made by a white person, sharing it with them. And despite all the lies and propaganda, the history of American whites and blacks is one long pattern of white people sharing their fruits of their labor with blacks and giving them various simplified forms of work(increasingly difficult as civilization becomes more advanced) so that they have a place in society as other than dependents. Affirmative action was going on hundreds of years before the term was coined.
      Anyway…fried chicken, cornbread, watermelon…..these are all things southern whites prepare for large family get togethers. Those get togethers always included blacks. White generosity.
      What white people never understood (and still do not) is that blacks are not “of us”. They are fundamentally incapable of remembering, let alone reciprocating. Actually, they are fundamentally incapable of anything except wickedness. It is sinful to enable the wicked. And the wages of sin is death. That is not just a quote from the Bible but an easily examined reality.
      All over the world, white people are paying the heavy toll, in death, of the incredible sin of feeding, aiding and abetting the wicked. To make it stop, we must do one simple thing.
      Stop feeding them.

      • Jesse James

        What they eat had nothing to do with the northern migration of blacks but it had everything to do with Northern whites suddenly noticing and making stereotypes of what blacks eat. I am no fan of black culture but you obviously haven’t spent much time around Southern blacks. Many blacks most certainly do know how to cook. In my area some of the best Southern cooking local restaurants are owned and operated by blacks. When I was younger upper middle class homes often had black cooks, though this has mostly died out except in the case of elder care arrangements. Relations in the South between blacks and whites have always been complicated and I believe that they are worse now than any earlier period of my life. I do remember a time though when our religion, diet, love of fishing and rural life in general meant that we had much more in common than we do today. There was a time when most of the blacks and whites had parents that were married. There was a time when small town folk had clearly defined social and geographical boundaries which allowed us to live together mostly peacefully and respectfully. Race is important but it is not the only factor at play here. A lifetime of radical leftist social agitation and a plague of drugs and divorce have done an immense amount of damage to Southern peoples both black and white.

        • antiquesunlight

          I’m too young to really know, but it does seem like things were different and more peaceful between the races back in the past. My great grandmother more or less raised a deaf and dumb black woman named Mildred, and she lived some with my grandfather and all growing up, and our whole family loved her. And that was in a little podunk town south of Milledgeville way back when. I have old, vague, fond memories of her from when I was a little kid.

      • pcmustgo

        pigs feet is black cuisine

        • itdoesnotmatter

          Pigs’ feet is not black cuisine. I grew up eating my mother’s delicious pickled pigs’ feet and we are about as Anglo, Celt, Nordic/Germanic as can be.

    • Berkeley Guy

      I was taught the same thing growing up north of Mason-Dixon line. I don’t see how it is a racial stereotype if many poor people of European descent also enjoyed nearly the same variety of food as Blacks in the South.

    • me

      I’m offended! No pork jowls, hush puppies, or grape drink, with Skittles for dessert? How dare they! And they said it was in ‘honor’ of Black History Month?! I bet they charged cash money for these meals, too! Oh, the humanity!

    • antiquesunlight

      Thanks. I came to post exactly this. It’s just Southern food. My mom makes the best cornbread ever.

      • Katherine McChesney

        I enjoy cornbread made from White corn meal. It’s naturally sweet and not as grainy as yellow corn meal.

  • bigone4u

    My father grew up dirt poor in rural Alabama and had to drop out of school at age 10 to pick cotton so the family wouldn’t starve. For him, fried chicken, cornbread, and watermelon would have been a feast fit for a king. In fact, when we ate good at our house when I was growing up, that’s pretty much the menu. What’s the problem? Blacks and their libtard supporters are taking us to new levels of insantity every day.

  • ncpride

    Robert Jackson, a teacher at Acts Christian Academy said offering fried chicken, cornbread and watermelon is different, because the food goes back to the history of slavery.

    Then I would say those were some pretty well fed slaves then, eh? Why blacks think they have the corner on Southern food is beyond me. They lay claim to it by calling it ‘soul food’ (my foot!) then complain when it’s served to ‘honor’ them. Which is it? Look, the women in my family have always competed with each other on who makes the best fried chicken, each with our own spin on seasoning and preparation. It’s NOT a black thing, it’s a Southern thing. Get over yourselves already!

    • Alexandra1973

      If they got what they really deserved, it’d be bread and water.

      • The problem with abusing inmates is that what society receives in return is hardened criminals, instead of guys who admit they made mistakes and get on with their lives after their release. If we as a society are going to treat offenders as if they were something that came out of the south end of a northbound dog, we need to accept the inevitable consequences. Most of the white guys I met inside could be salvaged, provided they could be kept away from drugs.

    • Anon

      You say well fed slaves as if slaves in the US were treated like slaves in south America (worked to death and dumped in a shallow grave). Slaves in the US were treated like family. Often given family honorifics like “uncle”. The term “boy” was not a derogatory but an honorific….people treating their slaves like their own children.
      Slaves in the US were well fed and well treated, not only because slavery in the US was the old style version practiced by the descendants of Shem (ie biblical slavery) but also because the institution in the US grew out of indenture. A process similar to being an apprentice. A person would sign a contract for various reasons and, when that period of indenture ended, they were made a part of whatever enterprise hired them….given land and title and underwritten, often with loans. This was no small thing as, at that time in the world, the difference between being somebody and being a nobody was if you owned land. And the difference between being a success or a failure was what group you belonged to. Indenture, especially skilled indenture was opportunity and gave people with no place in the world, an important place.
      Slaves, for that matter were a far worse deal for the slave owner. Unlike the indentured, slaves were the worst of the world’s scum. Usually, a person who was a slave, at that time in the world, was a slave as a last chance before execution. Most non-black slaves were murderers, rapists and other scum, given an alternative to the gallows. Blacks were rounded up for profit, once it was discovered (by other blacks) that they could be sold. Before that, warring Africans regularly committed genocides against each other (just like they do today….cough).
      The deeply religious Christians saw this as an opportunity to intervene and give these poor black people a place in the world….a stubborn and highly inappropriate attitude among whites that is the source of most of the worlds problems to this day. Outside the US, though, attitudes were far different. Slaves were under a sentence of death so no one cared if they were worked to death or otherwise mistreated.
      Unfortunately, the average white person mistakes what went on south of the border for what went on in the US. The last thing American whites should feel guilty for is “slavery”.

      • ncpride

        I was being sarcastic. I know very well black slaves were not treated as horribly as revisionists would have us believe. However, ‘indentured servitude’ was slavery, and those White slaves were treated far, far worse than black slaves because of their religion .

      • Katherine McChesney

        My maternal grandmother had two neighbors who were black. We called them Uncle John and Aunt Molly. They weren’t married but had a ‘passel’ of kids. They looked after my mother and her siblings when my grandparents travelled. My grandmother fed both of them until their deaths. Aunt Molly was like a spectre in her cotton dresses, apron and bonnet sitting next to the back door waiting to be fed. I’d not be surprised if she was putting curses on us.

  • Simonetta

    I’m as ‘white’ as anyone can possibly get without being albino. I enjoy delicious healthy food, so.. pass the fried chicken, cornbread, and especially the watermelon.

    If fried chicken, cornbread, and watermelon represents diversity, then long live diversity!

    What kind of moron apologizes for serving children healthy nutritious food like fried chicken, cornbread, and watermelon? Only white people. Black people are right: white people sho’ are crazy!

    • Another version of this has the school’s bell curve student union saying that it’s okay with them if the watermelon isn’t served.

      So they’re going to get rid of the best and healthiest item of the three.

    • Tim_in_Indiana

      “I’m as ‘white’ as anyone can possibly get without being albino.” So you’re saying you’re black? Remember anyone can be albino, but it doesn’t make you white. In fact, I understand albinos are a popular delicacy in Africa.

  • r j p

    Would I be offended with a German History month menu of brats, sauerkraut and strudel?
    They need to get off their offense to everything black.
    They love KFC and Popeye’s (disgusting btw). They love watermelon.
    I doubt they actually eat much cornbread though unless places actually sell it.

    • Irishgirl

      Don’t even think about offering me corned beef and cabbage.
      /sarc

      • I know a great steamed cabbage recipe, but it uses bacon instead of corned beef.

      • r j p

        You just killed me.

    • Guest

      But blks don’t mock, and make jokes about german liking brats, sauerkraut and strudel

      • Brian

        I doubt many of them (with the exception of army stationed in Germany) even know what those are, or how to pronounce them.

      • I suspect black mockery consisted of what they did to poor Channon Christian.

        • BonV.Vant

          The memory of those two victims will not die!

          • It hurts me in a way I will never forget.

          • BonV.Vant

            I’m sure we could both say more but that it would be deleted.

  • [Guest]

    Sadly, it looks as if the only voice of reason is that of the enemy, Elizabeth Williams.

  • Pelagian

    Why didn’t they have steak tartare, Brussels sprouts and a cheese plate for dessert?

    • NeanderthalDNA

      Skittles, 40 oz Malt likka and blounts for all!

      • Rhialto

        That be uprite soul food, nosh****t!

  • Erasmus

    If they wanted real authenticity they would have served chitlins washed down with malt liquor and a fresh pack of Kools for desert.

    • IstvanIN

      Up north they smoke Newports.

      • r j p

        Newport “Shorts”, meaning in box, not soft pack.
        They hate when a store is out of “Shorts” and grumble
        when they have to buy any other variety.

    • Katherine McChesney

      Actually many blacks love to drink orange or strawberry drink along with their meals. Too much sweet for me.

      • r j p

        Better be the stuff out of the bottle, otherwise there might be a killing over who makes the best “Koo-Aid” in addition to the killing over the last chicken leg and the bigger piece of watermelon.

      • Who Me?

        Probably to wash down the taste of Tabasco. If you ever have the misfortune of sitting within sight of blacks at a restaurant, you can’t help but notice they drown everything in huge puddles of Tabasco.

        • Katherine McChesney

          Hot peppers, cayenne and tabasco raise the metabolism.

      • BonV.Vant

        Never, I repeat, NEVER, order Chinese Food from a restaurant that caters to a black clientele. The beef teriyaki will be dried out cinders, the other food will be off in similar seriously deranged ways. They are REALLY strange when it comes to their food preferences and they are not capable of understanding Chinese Cuisine!

        • The best east-Asian restaurants always have their own co-ethnics as customers.

          • BonV.Vant

            True! On several occasions I have been the only white customer in a Pho restaurant! I tipped well because it is good stuff. A pho with a Durian shake for desert is a good meal.

          • There is – or was – a very good place in the Cherry Creek Mall in Denver. It is AYCE Japanese. Lunch was $14, but AYCE at that price, for that quality was a steal. I was the only “Gaijin” there.

  • Truth Teller

    This is a very expensive elitist private school. It is so good to see liberals attacked by other liberals on the subject of race. i’m not a southerner but I love cornbread, watermelon and tobasco. I don’t like fried chicken but I love it prepared other ways. Diet tip Keep a watermelon in your fridge at all times and you will always have a sweet, filling snack with practically no calories.
    I often have Europeans visiting. I always make cornbread for breakfast with honey and they love it. So do I.

  • Luca

    What? No gubbmint cheese?

    • Alexandra1973

      My one aunt, the one who was married to a Puerto Rican and had six kids (she died in ’98), was on welfare. I remember going over there and having a sandwich made out of the government peanut butter. Stuff was actually good. I think it’s the same kind used in Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Same texture.

      I liked it better than the kind you buy in the store.

      • The government peanut butter we were fed in federal prison was probably Korean War vintage. It had separated. It was better than nothing, I suppose.

  • Truth Teller

    Robert Jackson, a teacher at Acts Christian Academy said offering fried chicken, cornbread and watermelon is different, because the food goes back to the history of slavery.
    Actually, until after WW@ when farmers began raising chickens in those big warehouse hatcheries, chicken was always the msot expensive of meats even for farmers. The foxes, weasels, coyotes, dogs and panthers got so many that chickens cost a fortune. Pigs on the other hand could easily defend themselves against predators.
    I doubt that slaves ate much chicken. Nor did most southerners or Americans in general during slavery days..

    • MBlanc46

      Excellent point. I’ve read a great deal on the history of slavery. The standard rations for slaves were pork and corn meal and sometimes sweet potatoes.. They usually had vegetable gardens to supplement their diets, as well as by fishing and hunting. When we get around to toting up the reparations bill, let’s not forget to deduct the food, clothing, and shelter that were provided the slaves.

      • Alexandra1973

        So what’re they hollering about again?

  • sbuffalonative

    The school likely did this because they had heard that blacks like fried chicken and watermelon. They created this menu to honor blacks by catering to their tastes.

    In other words, they were unaware of the ‘racism’ allegedly behind this choice of food. The school should be commended.

  • ncpride

    Yes! I would be lost without my well seasoned cast iron skillet. Matter of fact, I have three. They require more maintenance, but well worth the extra effort.

    • Who Me?

      I too prize my cast iron skillets, in fact among others, I have a deep, 10″ (from Lodge, even!) specifically known as a “Chicken Fryer”. I did not know they were a “southern” thing. In my family they were all-purpose cookware, and even threatened (though rarely used for) errant husband whacking! When Grandma passed we fought over her cast iron skillets.

  • borogirl54

    All races not only blacks eat fried chicken, watermelon and cornbread. So what is the big deal? Would it have been racist if the school served in honor of Asian American month, sushi, General Tso’s chicken and Ramen noodles?

    • Koreans fry chicken in batter but use a spicy barbecue sauce – like bulgoki sauce – for dipping the pieces. Amazingly good!

  • I like watermelon so much, I make watermelon hard cider at home. It comes out at about 12% alcohol. My wife slices up the rinds and fries them in oil with chopped cabbage; this is good with soy sauce.

    • r j p

      Do you have a watermelon cider recipe?

      • So CAL Snowman

        I’ve got a good recipe for some Sizzurp, complete with watermelon iced tea.

        • Alexandra1973

          Seems to me you guys should get accounts at recipes(dot)com and start posting! You’re making me hungry.

          • r j p

            I agree I want these recipes too

          • Who Me?

            Cornbread calls for 1 egg and 1 cup milk. I break a second egg in the measuring cup and fill it up to the 1 cup line with milk. This makes the cornbread hang together better without the batter being too wet. Also regardless of what the recipe calls for, use 1/3 cup sugar.

          • Katherine McChesney

            Two of my favorite breads are hoe cakes and hot water cornbread. These are also a Southern tradition. They’re great served with White Beans, Country ham and sweet onion. One of my favorite meals.

      • Cut a watermelon in half and that in half again (save the other half and eat it.) From your two two WM quarters, cut the red stuff out and then dice that juicy red stuff. Judging from the comments here, your wife probably already knows how to prepare WM rind. Put the diced redness from the half-WM into a 5-quart pot and fill with water. Cover and simmer for 24 hours and then allow to cool to room temperature.

        Pour the mash into your 5-gallon fermenter. Add three pounds of sugar and a packet of Lalvin V-1116 yeast. Let ferment until the bubbles stop in the pressure lock. This will take about six weeks.

        When bottling, I run the fermented mash through coffee filters. I use two teaspoons of sugar in each 40-oz bottle.

        This will get a fellow seriously bent at about $3 a gallon, which is cheaper than gasoline: Don’t drive drunk. Don’t drive. Get drunk!

    • Katherine McChesney

      ..double post.

    • Katherine McChesney

      Michael you should try to make pickled watermelon rind or rind jelly. They are a Southern tradition. And they are delicious.

      • Romulus

        Granny once showed me how when I was eight, but I’ve since forgotten.
        It is fun relearning the old skills.
        I’ve been relearning the arts of cheese ,soap making, and various forms of food preservation.

      • MBlanc46

        I’ll go to my grave craving my maternal grandmother’s pickled watermelon rind.

        • Katherine McChesney

          I remember my grandmothers made from scratch homemade coconut cake and burnt sugar cakes. And her scuppernong pie. And muscadine jelly. And my mothers yeast rolls.

          Great memories.

          • Pelagian

            Wow. That all sounds interesting.

  • Spartacus

    “What is the big deal?” Williams said. “Historically and even now, we
    like our chicken and I’m not going to stop eating my fried chicken, nor
    my cornbread, nor my watermelon.”

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  • Diana Moon Glampers

    I bet Ms. Williams is in trouble for that remark.

    Those foods are just typical southern dinner. I doubt southern blacks would think anything of this. Yankee blacks are the ones with their panties all knotted up. True in the 60s and true now. The civil rights agitators had a hard time getting the southern blacks sufficiently interested in the “movement”, and were confounded by it. Yankee blacks had to travel south to protest how racist the south is.

  • Ograf

    As if everybody and their brother doesn’t like fried chicken. Best thing one can do when trying to do something for these mutts is, DONT do it.

  • So CAL Snowman

    It’s funny, blacks have incredible amounts of self esteem and are generally the biggest narcissists on the planet. Yet they cannot handle it emotionally or mentally when their lifestyle choices are brought into the mainstream for everyone to see. Blacks love wearing ghetto sports jerseys with baggy pants. When a White fraternity has a party with White people wearing ghetto sports jerseys and baggy pants, the blacks go insane! We all know that black people like fried chicken and cornbread ( I worked a Marie Calendars and one time this old black guy with a six inch long pinky nail tried to jimmy open the plastic container by the pies to steal some cornbread). Yet when Whites try to placate and “honor” black people by serving them their favorite foods, they loose their minds. It’s ridiculous, they want White people to notice and fawn all over them, but they get mad when White people notice their customs and habits.

    • That long fingernail is a sign of a cocaine-sniffer who is the passive recipient of gay “sex”.

      Any law-enforcement officer in the United States would confirm this.

  • LIBERTYSINCURSION

    Good God! An NAACP member actually spoke of “Advancing Colored People” beyond the typical kill Whitey NAACP attitudes if they happen to slip up on the PC jargon. She’s definitely going to be in trouble for that one.

    “Political Correctness Is A War On Noticing” – Steve Sailer

    • Since Political Correctness has developed what the Pentagon would call “mission creep” i.e. they will never be satisfied, Political Correctness is a war on everything. Thus the natural corollary:

      “Political Correctness Is A War On Nothing.” – Michael Scott

      • LIBERTYSINCURSION

        “Political Correctness Is A War On Noticing” + Mission Creep = “Political Correctness Is A War On Everything” – Reality

  • NoMosqueHere

    You know that’s exactly what the blacks want to eat.

  • Long Live Dixie

    Fried chicken, watermelon, and corn bread? Throw in some fried potatoes and it sounds like my kind of meal.

    I always laugh when Northerners think of this as black food.

    BTW, fried chicken came to Dixie from Scotland.

    • ncpride

      Hearing the words ‘Soul Food’ gets my ire up every time.

    • Alexandra1973

      This Northerner always thought of it as Southern food…until I heard about the black stereotype.

      • BonV.Vant

        Me too, I originally thought black food was “black eyed peas”, “collard greens” and “Chit’lins” or “chitterlings”, Things that were a total mystery to me. I always associated fried chicken with white southerners, mostly because of the “Wesson Corn Oil” commercials I guess. Then sometime later I heard about something a called “ham hocks” and it was always mentioned in a show with or about black people, so that mystery was added to the list. Cornbread I always associated with New England food as it seemed to be present at every clam bake I was ever at.

        • Katherine McChesney

          White eat beans made with ham hocks. A tradition in the South is to eat black eyed peas with ham hocks on New Years Day.

    • Romulus

      Some yankees are completely stupid. Watermellon was brought from africa to europe by the moors, who were the first to enslave them, of course. Then brought to america by both the spanish in the 1500’s andeuropeans to massachusetts in the 1620 ‘s.

    • BonV.Vant

      Most northerners think of it as southern food first, then think that blacks like the food of the south because that is where “black culture” in the US was first shaped. Wait, I tell a lie, to be honest, I always thought that cornbread was a New England thing. I associate it with clambakes.

    • Katherine McChesney

      Try making mustard potato salad and serving it with fried chicken. Wonderful summer meal with iced tea with lemon.

  • Lt_Greyman_NVA

    You know that if they served Hamburgers, Fries and Sprite that the negros would be complaining that “the food doesn’t reflect our racial heritage”. If you really wanted to reflect black History month, you would let them starve for 4 or 5 days and then have a helicopter drop food supplies off on the play field marked “UN Emergency Supplies”.

    Or simply get a big iron pot and cook the teacher…

  • MBlanc46

    Jeez, a Negro actually stepped up and told people to stop being offended? Note this down, you’re not likely to see it happen again.

    • When I was in federal prison, we got some very good meals a few times each year: Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, of course, but also on Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo and Martin Luther King Day. Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners were the same. July 4 was traditional white outdoor barbecue summertime “mom-and-apple pie” fare. Cinco de Mayo was some fairly decent Mexican food. I like Mexican food enough I cook a lot of it at home. M.L.K. Day was just funny. It was always fried chicken, cornbread, watermelon, the whole nine yards. Everybody liked the food, especially the blacks. They didn’t complain. The whites, Injuns, Mexicans and the occasional Oriental (there weren’t many there, even at a “low”) all joked about it, but we were happy enough eating another decent holiday dinner and thus that much closer to going home that our jokes about the blacks and MLK-Day food weren’t cruel.

      We all liked fried chicken and watermelon, too.

      • MBlanc46

        Fried chicken and watermelon are just plain American. Cornbread is perhaps more regional; I am especially fond of it. Blacks can claim a special fondness for those foods if they wish, but if being associated with them offends them, they’re free to abstain. As they didn’t seem to complain at your MLK dinners, perhaps it’s only when whites associate them with those foods that they become offended. Sort of like use of the N word.

        • I don’t mind being associated with fishing. Poor Sayaka admitted that she couldn’t find Schmookler’s books on fishing flies for less that $1500.00, but she found me Greenhalgh & Smalley in hardback.

        • BonV.Vant

          what blacks are offended by is that you notice their blackness. Anytime you associate anything with their blackness you by necessity notice their blackness. They are not capable of self awareness on their own. When a white person notices something about them then they become ware in a second hand manner. They react violently when a white person makes them self aware for a fleeting moment. Compliments though feed the ego and do not bring real self wariness, you can tell them anything positive about themselves and they will believe it. This is why an african, in a a self made heap that is supposed to be an airplane or a helicopter, something that looks like it came out of Fred Sanford’s junk yard and that will obviously never get off the ground, has his buddies film him and put it on youtube.

      • BonV.Vant

        tell us about your cell mate and is it true what they say about the “showers”?

        • Prison wasn’t like that. One of my cellies was mentally ill, and he kept old newspapers – lots and lots of old newspapers. He had apparently tried to conceal assets in a bankruptcy case. He was very bright, but a complete emotional wreck.

          There were quite a few gays where I was locked up, but they hooked up with boyfriends who’d buy them things from the commissary. The usual pairings were Mexican shemales and black guys. They normally formed steady couples, but kept it to themselves. There was a white couple that openly held hands. The guards made fun of them, but none of us did. If that’s what it took to get them through their time, I certainly didn’t have a problem.

          There was literally no interracial violence. It simply wasn’t tolerated. The unit was run by shot-callers. The white boss was KKK. There were also black and Mexican bosses. The Amerinds and the occasional Oriental saw the white boss if they had any problems. Nobody in their right mind caused trouble in that system.

          • FransSusan

            Interesting. I’ve read other accounts of prison life and they’re not as ‘nice’ as yours.

          • It wasn’t “nice”. Anyone who caused trouble was going to get killed, usually suicide by hanging.

  • Truth Teller

    My Mother made watermelon rind pickles. Since I eat so much watermelon for weight control, I have lots of rind. I make watermelon rind pickles about 6 times a year, just small batches. Marvelous with chicken.

  • IstvanIN

    Wasn’t there a black female chef at NBC in New York who made a similar “mistake” by serving something “stereotypical” during black histrionics month? And she was saying “get over it”?

  • Truth Teller

    I’ve got several cast iron frying pans including a chicken fryer although I almost never make fried chicken. I bought those pans in 1967 and they are better than ever. Teflon frying pans are like panty hose, disposable. I eat a lot of bacon and save the grease for frying. One old southern trick is clarified bacon grease for pie crust. Fill a big roasting pan with water and ice. Melt your can of bacon grease until it is just barely liquid but not hot. carefully pour the grease on the ice water. The salty brown gunk sinks to the bottom and pure lard rises to the top. It is better for pie crust than either butter or pure leaf lard.
    I fry everything in bacon grease and rub it on baked potato skin before putting the potatoes in the oven.
    Good lawdy miss maudie.!!!!! I’ve got the news on. There is a racist flyer at our local college. horror of horrors Police investigation, blacks caterwauling, liberals carrying on, a candlelit march, another hoax.

    • Romulus

      You sure know your roots. I salute you!

    • About 25 years ago, I saved my bacon grease for making explosives. We had beach parties in college in California, and I could nitrate almost anything, so we frequently used stuff that would have been at home in WW-One. Your separation is exactly the technique I used.

      We launched our stuff out across Monterrey Bay, and I loved to see the shock waves in the sand near us. It is a good thing my mother never saw me do that stuff!

  • Truth Teller

    Years ago the black activists and savage students in the Oakland Ca ghetto actually pulled a strike because they demanded that the school serve “soul food” lunches rather than the standard menu.

  • Truth Teller

    Blacks do not realize it, but coating meat with flour, bread crumbs etc is an eeeeevil White racist .invention It was invented in Austria and Germany and called by the eeeevil White racist name of schnitzel. Chicken fried streak is just weiner schniitzel or veau Milanese using beef instead of veal.
    Given the liberals constant invocation of Austrian born Hitler and Germany, I suggest we ban fried chicken because:
    (1) It is Eurocentric and invented by Whites.
    (2) It is German and therefore neo Nazi.

  • Critic_of_Leviathan

    This is old, but anyway:

    Black History Month gift baskets are in stock:

    • Brian

      Good one.

  • IstvanIN

    Summer crop. The days are longer in Mass than they are in say Florida, so it kind of helps stretch out the growing period. Also, watermelons can be started indoors and placed outside to get a jump start.

  • Brian

    A woman from the NAACP had common sense and advised not to blow this out of proportion? I guess there’s a first time for everything.

    This is a good example of the death-by-a-thousand-cuts that directly contradicts ‘diversity is our strength’. How many hours and dollars get wasted coming up with these events, modifying them, wondering if they’re still going to backfire on you, and then the lawsuits, apologies, seminars, and counseling… without the Diversity none of this nonsense would even be given a thought. It’s sand in the gears of civilization.

  • Djinn42

    Jeez, really?
    I live in the deep south and would sometimes give an eye just to have that very same thing compared to what I’m required to eat when out at a party where they’re serving Escargot, some folks just don’t know when they have it good…..

    • Who Me?

      Escargot = expensive fish bait

      • Escargot is great on toasted French bread, with olive oil, garlic, and lots and lots of white wine. I had a snail infestation in my yard in Australia, and promptly ate them extinct. With captured snails, one feeds them on flour or some other form of ground grain for several days to clean out their systems. They normally eat dead leaves, and so the tannins in their system would make them taste bad. Once they have cleaned themselves out, they get boiled in a pot.

        We have a poster here who goes by “M” who hails from Algeria or Tunisia who could probably confirm this. They have large snails in that area, and those are good eating.

        Note: do not jack with snails in seawater. Cone snails will kill you stone dead.

    • SoulInvictus

      I’ve many times said if I ever ended up living in Cali, I’d probably wind up eating in places like Compton just so I could get good fried chicken and sweet tea…
      Fried chicken, who knew yard bird would be the one thing that brings us all together. 😉

  • LHathaway

    Girls school and girls colleges. . anti-pregnancy institutions. . . Wonder if the school kids from the snowball fight will have ‘diversity’ training? I bet they will, but even at an all black school they will also learn that ‘diversity’ means respect for blacks, and conversely, that they should especially love all things black.

  • wildfirexx

    What a Joke! I love KFC, cornbread and watermelon…maybe for the bogus black history month they can give the white kids their fried chicken, cornbread and watermelon, and give the black kids a healthy diet of bread and water.

  • arthurenglish

    We know that Noah could not have been black. After two weeks afloat he would have eaten the chickens.

    • Katherine McChesney

      His son Ham was the forefather of the black race. He was cursed for raping Noah while Noah was drunk.

      • arthurenglish

        Why doesn’t that surprise me?

    • BonV.Vant

      after 1 week he would have raped them

  • Bagels and cream cheese and smoked salmon?

    I can also make a good Reuben. I always buy sauerkraut, so we eat plenty of Reubens here. Mostly I make kimchi with the kraut. I grow a bell-jalapeno hybrid pepper plant in the Victory Garden out front, and move the pepper plant inside each year. Whenever I cut up a pepper, I save the stem, core and seeds, dry them out and then grind that stuff as a spice. We have a spare electric grinder for spices, just so our coffee doesn’t taste funny. Mixed with drained sauerkraut, it tastes like kimchi. This saves me messing with a whole head of cabbage.

    The pepper plants are still producing. Ariadne’s bedroom window faces south.

  • Dr. Möbias

    Time to tell the perpetually offended to get lost.

    This was a damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation: If fried chicken, watermelon and corn bread were served, it’s considered racist. If “traditional” black food isn’t served during bogus black history month, the school is also racist for ignoring blacks.

    Blacks are worse than spoiled children.

    • Katherine McChesney

      Southerners treated blacks like children during the time of so-called ‘slavery’.

      • Einsatzgrenadier

        And the Southerners were right to treat blacks as children. The typical black has all the intelligence and impulsiveness of a child. This child-like state becomes significantly more dangerous when combined with a high level of circulating testosterone. This is why blacks could only live with whites either in a condition of servitude or physically segregated in their own communities.

        Unlike the Northerners, who had very little contact with blacks, the Southerners understood blacks and knew what they were capable of. That’s why they resisted the federal government’s desegregation orders with such ferocity during the 1950’s and 60’s. Southerners knew that without Jim Crow, the KKK and lynching, blacks would terrorize the United States on a nationwide scale, which is what they have been doing ever since the traitorous civil rights legislation was enacted in 1964.

        • BonV.Vant

          we see this in the press-ee-dint, he ttys the “I dih’in do NUFFINS” routine, only he did it in a more “ARTICULATE” manner. THAT , for some reason, makes it acceptable to the libs.

  • Katherine McChesney

    In the South, our preservative was and is salt. Hams were coated with rock salt and hung in a stone ‘hut’ for smoking over a fire. The tradition has continued. Country ham is a delicacy served with hot biscuits or yeast rolls and it is delicious. But, too much of it can lead to health concerns.

  • Katherine McChesney

    The first time I had deep fried dill pickles was in Jackson, Miss. in 1963. They were a popular staple at a burger joint near my college.

    • FransSusan

      I’m a southerner but never heard of fried dill pickles until about 20 years ago.

  • Who Me?

    A cast iron pan just for baking cornbread is called a spider.

  • arthurenglish

    For pity’s sake don’t give the Italians spaghetti.

    • The pasta dishes are mainly southern Italian. In northern Italy, the food tends to run a bit more sophisticated. My favorite city for food is Trieste, where Italian, German and Slavic cuisine combined. Diversity is an amazing thing, so long as it is white.

  • Alexandra1973

    I love bagels and cream cheese. When I was in junior high this one teacher sold bagels before school started, a bunch of us would be eating bagels and cream cheese in our homeroom classes.

    • At Santa Cruz as an undergrad, we had brunch at the dining hall on weekends. These always included bagels and cream cheese. A nice Jewish guy from Boston, Alex Rosenberg always brought smoked salmon, and he always shared.

      This is one of the reasons why nobody can bring me to hate Jews.

      I helped him get him an an on-campus permit for his car.

  • MekongDelta69

    Ahh – The ‘evil legacy‘ of fried chicken, chitlins, cornbread and watermelon.

  • BonV.Vant

    they wanted fried chicken and waffles, that as the problem

  • Screamin_Ruffed_Grouse

    Liberal do-gliders were offended. The black students, in the meantime, were in the cafeteria gettin’ dey munch on.

  • Greg Thomas

    Damn! You try to celebrate black history month and you get accused of being a racist! You just never win with blacks!

  • M.

    If it’s part of their history, it’s part of their history.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      As old Uncle Ruckus would say…

      Back when the world made sense!

  • M.

    They forgot to add human meat.

  • bilderbuster

    Would Italian Americans complain if lasagna were on the menu during Italian History Month? Would Japanese Americans complain if sushi were on the menu during Japanese History Month?
    Of course not because they don’t have a month to celebrate.
    Except to remind Blacks that they once had ancestors who were slaves like the ancestors of everyone else once were it does nothing that would inspire pride. The minuscule list of accomplishments blacks have made is laughable.

    • Erasmus

      If they did have a month most Italian-Americans or Japanese-Americans wouldn’t get their knickers all twisted up like this.

      Perhaps it’s because when you have an IQ higher than a warm day in Spring, you’re better able to maintain perspective.

    • What “minuscule list of accomplishments” have blacks made? If someone invents a deteronic frombotzer someday, his name will likely be Masahiro Fujita, Yang Ming Shen, William McDonald or Wolfgang Gerhart, rather than N’DeShawntavious Washington or even Jose Padilla-Lopez.

    • BonV.Vant

      If a certain lawyer class had convinced them that they could profit any time they could on “ethnic” grounds, they might.

  • Brian

    My grandparents ate it a good deal in the Depression– but you have to only eat the stalks I think, and wash/boil them three times to remove the toxins. Kids have died from the berries.

  • Most plant-based dyes rapidly fade. If this sounds like a shameless plug for the synthetic aniline dye industry, it is. I was trained as a chemist, after all.

  • SoulInvictus

    Hilarious.

    But nice to see this sentiment,
    “Elizabeth Williams of the Contra Costa County Equal Opportunity
    Commission and a member of the NAACP had a different view. “What is the
    big deal?” Williams said. “Historically and even now, we like our
    chicken and I’m not going to stop eating my fried chicken, nor my
    cornbread, nor my watermelon.”

    Like Chris Rock says, something’s wrong with You, not me, if you don’t like fried chicken. 😉
    And collard greens are fantastic too.

  • BonV.Vant

    they have to do something with the rest of the chicken after they used the feet in a voodoo curse!

    • NeanderthalDNA

      Fry dat chikin! Fry dat chikin!

      Ms. Peachez…

  • Mark Hillyard

    Sounds like my kinda meal. I’d add mashed potatoes and peas with gravy.

  • Sheeeeeeeeeit. Dey’s bettah apolojive fo’ leavin’ out dah chitlins.

  • Whirlwinder

    You’all quit carping and would somebody please pass me the chiltins!

  • Whirlwinder

    If you have not tasted poke salad soufflé that has been well prepared, you cannot say that you are a gourmet.

  • Katherine McChesney

    Chips. But, spears would be interesting.

  • FransSusan

    Fried chicken, corn bread, & watermelon are stereotypical southern food, not just ‘black food.’ I’m a southerner and I ‘grew up’ eating those ‘staples’ back in the day. Even further back in the day, everyone raised their own chickens–even those living in town, grew watermelons and corn which was ground for corn meal. I had never thought of it as being ‘black food’ except for all the jokes about it now.

  • SFLBIB

    “I understand like how it would offend people. But we’re just doing something to celebrate, not bring it down,…”

    That student has a few things to learn about liberals.