Black History Month School Lunch of Fried Chicken, Watermelon Sparks Controversy

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Administrators at a Northern California private school are apologizing after their Black History Month school lunch menu caused a great deal of controversy.

On the menu were fried chicken, cornbread and watermelon ... seriously.

Students at Carondelet High School for Girls in Concord wanted to come up with ways to celebrate Black History Month in a lunchtime celebration.

Somehow, the above items were what they came up with.

Officials held an assembly on campus to discuss the issue and sent an apology letter to parents after the lunch controversy blew up and sparked outcry.

"I'd like to apologize for the announcement and any hurt this caused students, parents or community members," Principal Nancy Libby said in the letter.

The school mea culpa tried to assure students and families to "Please know that at no time at Carondelet do we wish to perpetrate racial stereotypes."

Several students said that Libby talked to members of the Black Student Union on campus and students suggested watermelon be taken off the menu.

Libby agreed to that, they said. She also said in a letter to the school community that they will remove fried chicken and cornbread from the menu.

In addition, the campus plans to hold a diversity assembly.

University of San Francisco professor James Taylor said he can see why students and teachers would be offended, even if the lunch may have been well intentioned.

Ya think?!

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