People are so naive. What do you think marketing & advertising is based on? Basically, stereotypes. That doesn't mean that every person in a particular group acts in a certain way. It means that a particular group, taken as a whole, acts in a certain way more than those *not* in that group, taken as a whole.
For instance, just like the Dr. of Common Sense, E. T. Williams, alluded to, where flavors are concerned there *are* some identifiable differences between the preferences of white people and black people. If you're marketing certain foods, you're going to want to know WHO, in particular, likes that kind of food.
Now in the case of fried chicken or collard greens, it's not necessarily *because of* being black that you are more inclined to eat those foods than white people. Could be because, well, ever hear of "Southern Fried Chicken?" IF blacks are more likely to live in the south than other regions of the country, it makes sense that SOUTHERN FOOD would be a major part of their diet. And there IS a high concentration of black in the south.
Of the four census regions of Northeast, Midwest, South, and West, the south accounts for 37% of the entire U.S. population. So if the population was evenly distributed across the four basic regions, you'd expect 37% of blacks (37% of any group)... to live in the south. But that's not the case. 55% of blacks live in the south. They are "over-represented" in the South. The Northeast accounts for 18% of the population, and 17% of blacks live in the NE, so that's about "average." They are slightly under-represented in the Midwest (18% vs. U.S. 22%); and significantly under-represented in West (10% vs. 23%).
So you'd be more likely to find fried chicken (a southern dish) vs. French dip (a western beef sandwich) on the menu at a black person's house. Or at the house of anyone who lives or was raised in the south. But that's not to say that there aren't also *ethnic* preferences. If it were Greek history month, I wonder who'd be offended if there were lamb on the menu, or the cucumber & yogurt dish tzadziki, or baklava? Regional and/or ethnic food preferences are what they are. They don't "cause" stereotypes. They *reflect* typical usage.
I think it was a perfectly normal idea during Black History Month to have a school menu reflect some CLASSIC foods that black people, especially, are fond of. If a particular ethnicity is to be highlighted, it makes SENSE that something of the culture would be reflected.
Maybe people should send the school some cookbooks, maybe like Sylvia's Family Soul Food Cookbook. I have it. There are recipes for fried chicken, also three recipes for collard greens and three for that cornbread the Dr. of Common Sense was talking about. http://www.amazon.com/Sylvias-Family-Soul-Food-Cookbook/dp/0...
When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir
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