Calif. school sorry for honoring Black History Month with watermelon and fried chicken

By David Edwards
Thursday, February 6, 2014 16:02 EDT
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Administrators at a California Catholic high school have apologized for putting watermelon, fried chicken and cornbread on the menu as a part of a Black History Month celebration.

According to KNTV, some of the students at Carondelet High School for Girls in Concord had asked for a way to acknowledge the special month. But after the school’s proposed lunchtime celebration included racial stereotypes, parents and students responded with outrage.

School officials refused requests to speak to the media on Wednesday, but an assembly was reportedly held to explain the situation to the students. A letter was also sent home to parents.

“I’d like to apologize for the announcement and any hurt this caused students, parents or community members,” Principal Nancy Libby wrote to parents. “Please know that at no time at Carondelet do we wish to perpetrate racial stereotypes.”

Several students told KNTV’s Cheryl Hurd that the Black Student Union had asked Principal Libby to take watermelon off the menu. In her letter to parents, Libby said that the school would also nix plans for fried chicken and corn bread.

The school has announced that a diversity assembly will be scheduled for students and faculty.

Watch the video below from KNTV, broadcast Feb. 6, 2013.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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