I don’t think we have a case maliciousness here, but just a case of somebody who grew up in a racist environment (it’s no secret that the most racist circles in America, like the Tea Party, are overtly fundamentalist Christian) and mistook racial stereotypes for actual black history. This resulted in an attempt at diversity that would fit right in on a sitcom:
A school in northern California apologized this week for a Black History Month lunch menu that offended students and parents.
Administrators at Carondelet High School for Girls, a private Christian school in Concord, Calif., had announced earlier this week that they wanted to celebrate Black History Month during lunch this February by serving the students fried chicken, cornbread and watermelon, a local NBC affiliate reports.
I just…this is what ignorance can do with good intentions. This is why learning is important. What do they say about how the road to hell is paved?
Thankfully, after being told that her efforts weren’t pro-diversity but were actually racist, the principal apologized to everybody and even scheduled an assembly to apologize to students and parents.
“I’d like to apologize for the announcement and any hurt this caused students, parents or community members,” Libby said in the letter. “Please know that at no time at Carondelet do we wish to perpetrate racial stereotypes.”
I’m glad the principal learned something (and hopefully some students did too).