Friday, February 5, 2010
This is probably not the popular stance to take on this little SNAFU, but seriously what's the big deal?
Ok, so if you didn't hear the news, NBC's commissary is featuring a special lunch every Thursday for Black History Month. One of their chefs, who has been on staff for 8 years, put this menu together. This chef also happens to be black. I don't necessarily think that the color of her skin matters as to right or wrong, but for me, it takes a lot of the sting off. It's definitely less racist for a black person to serve a soul food menu for Black History Month than to picture the Executive Board of NBC saying "Oh, so how about for Black History Month we serve the Negros their corn bread and fried chicken?" No, it's just good old fashioned comfort food that has become known as Soul Food.
This lead me to wonder, what if on the 14th of July, NBC had a special Bastille day menu and they served Pate, Eclairs, and Beef Bourguignon with champagne to drink. I don't think people would get all up in arms because IT'S FRENCH CUISINE! It's no more insulting to say that French people enjoy the cuisine of their culture than to say that blacks do. No one is saying that all French people eat is duck liver pate. They are just saying it's a French cuisine. Soul Food is something the black community has made their own and good lord is it delicious. Fried Chicken and Cornbread is the ultimate meal in my opinion.
For real America, you're getting too sensitive.