Another Black History Month, another menu featuring what people think equates to ‘black people’ food. Wright State University’s president has issued an apology for featuring a Black History Month menu that included fried chicken and collard greens.
The cafeteria menu appeared on a screen in the dining hall and flashed a photo of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Many on social media felt the menu was disrespectful and a stereotype.
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“I apologize to anyone hurt by the display,” President David Hopkins wrote. “To our credit, the menu was quickly removed. But the larger question remains: Why was it done? I will find out. We will take steps to prevent this kind of behavior occurring in the future.”
According to the Associated Press, The dining hall services company, Chartwells Higher Education Dining Service, apologized also for the insensitive menu. And said they could have done a better job with the menu. The company stated that they try to celebrate national events by providing “authentic and traditional cuisine. … In no way was the promotion associated with Black History Month meant to be insensitive.”
“I was really hurt … extremely hurt,” said Billy Barabino, a senior and president of the school’s Black Student Union. “For me, it was a knock in the face for African (and) African-American individuals who have fought for us to be progressive. I was extremely offended by it because it minimizes who we are as a people.”
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