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How does making food requested specifically by black students then make one racist against those black students?

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0129-banks-20110129,0,2286584.column

Article is long, here are the important bits, feel free to read the whole thing:

Was a chicken-and-waffles special on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in such bad taste?

 Some black students complained that the meal, promoted on placards in Pippin Commons, trivialized their public commemoration of the slain civil rights giant.

Later the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs explains how it ended up on the menu for that day:

He's a Filipino chef, who took his cue from black students "when he wanted to do something sensitive culturally" for the King holiday menu. Chicken was the meat of the day.

He asked black students for advice, and they suggested the chicken and waffles combo.


"This is a guy who takes great pride in creating 'comfort food' for the students," Parham said. "Somebody who was really trying to do something nice, that was perceived differently by a small group of people.

 

Are people spending too much time looking for reasons to be offended, or was that actually legitimately offensive, making it a bad idea on the part of the black students who requested it?

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NotPanicking

Asked by NotPanicking at 3:44 PM on Jan. 29, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (31)
  • Wow offensive it seems everything is offensive or racist in the nanny nation. Its sad when doing a good deed or something good for people makes you racist.
    pinkdragon36

    Answer by pinkdragon36 at 3:50 PM on Jan. 29, 2011

  • i think its like relationships in general: some people spend all their time focusing on the 20% wrong (and in this case, subjective/selective to a few), rather than the 80% that is right (the chef asked for ideas/requests from the very subjects he was attempting to celebrate). my first impression is its a small group but loud group that wasn't getting enough attention, so they created attention, thus taking away from the true intent of the day. sad, but typical of attention-whore, 'gimme more' idiots.

    i'm surprised he didn't just fry some chicken.
    dullscissors

    Answer by dullscissors at 3:51 PM on Jan. 29, 2011

  • Yes, people everywhere (here even) look for reasons to be offended. If he asked the students what they wanted him to prepare and those where the items they selected, perhaps people should be more offended by the students that requested it. Dare I say that if the students got what they requested, less of that food went to waste than normal. I find the waste of food at taxpayer's expense offensive, but it happens daily on a large scale.


    Speaking as a white woman, I have never eaten them together, but seriously?  Who doesn't like waffles and chicken? 

    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 3:56 PM on Jan. 29, 2011

  • those *were* the items is how that should have read.

    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 3:59 PM on Jan. 29, 2011

  • Speaking as a white woman, I have never eaten them together, but seriously? Who doesn't like waffles and chicken?

    There was an awesome little place across town that had it, but they went under about a year ago (along with about half the other restaurants in town). Chicken and waffles is classic soul food.
    NotPanicking

    Comment by NotPanicking (original poster) at 4:01 PM on Jan. 29, 2011

  • Was Al Sharpton behind it?
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 4:02 PM on Jan. 29, 2011

  • eye rolling

    Bethsunshine

    Answer by Bethsunshine at 4:05 PM on Jan. 29, 2011

  • You just can't please some people
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 4:06 PM on Jan. 29, 2011

  • If the chef asked the students what they wanted (because he was being considerate of the holiday) and they replied chicken and waffles, he was not being racist. I wouldn't be offended...why should i be..but you're always going to have that small group of people that make a :"mountain out of mole hill" just to start some unneccesary sh**t
    virgo550

    Answer by virgo550 at 4:06 PM on Jan. 29, 2011

  • – collapse
    waffles? i thought that was a redneck food...seeing that all the rednecks get up and go to the wafflehouse for breakfast around here. lol
    shay1130

    Answer by shay1130 at 4:09 PM on Jan. 29, 2011 (hidden) + expand

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