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reply to post by Stormdancer777
I think the schools need to concentrate on teaching math, science...etc.
Culture and all that should be something celebrated by families and communities. I think its sad that our children have to celebrate their "cultures" at school.
If the schools stayed out of it we wouldn't have these problems.edit on 7-2-2014 by sheepslayer247 because: (no reason given)
But see, if the students had been taught about the history of blacks in America, and shown some of the racist images/songs/poems, etc. that depicted "simple" blacks being lazy and eating watermelon, I don't think they would have ever suggested watermelon for the lunch menu. That just comes from ignorance, not deliberate meanness.
I don't have a problem with not celebrating cultural holidays at school - Christmas, for example... But learning about other cultures is probably a good thing.
I wonder if the script was flipped and an African American school decided to serve "white people food" what it would be?
I don't think the fried chicken and cornbread was too offensive, but the watermelon could be viewed as such.
Watermelons have been viewed as a major symbol in the iconography of racism in the United States since as early as the nineteenth century. The truthfulness of this stereotype has been questioned; one survey conducted from 1994 to 1996 showed that African Americans, at the time 12.5 percent of the country's population, only accounted for 11.1 percent of the United States' watermelon consumption.
While the exact origins of this stereotype remain unclear,[better source needed] an association of African Americans and watermelon goes back to the time of slavery in the United States. Defenders of slavery used the fruit to paint African Americans as a simple-minded people who were happy when provided watermelon and a little rest. The stereotype was perpetuated in minstrel shows often depicting African Americans as ignorant and workshy, given to song and dance and inordinately fond of watermelon.
reply to post by ketsuko
You see the problem is blacks are not some type of wild animal that you have to research what they eat. Just serve normal food.