Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Is UMass racist?

Even I'm insulted by this, I can only imagine how I'd feel if I were black...

The DC has decided to honor Black history month by cooking food that... comes from extreme stereotyping?

DC Menu for Thursday-


Tomato Florentine (vegetarian)
Kick’n Crab & Corn Chowder (Berkshire)
Radical Roasted Vegetable Soup (Berkshire)

Southern Fried Chicken with Gravy
Fried Catfish Filets
Hoppin’ John
Southern Style Macaroni & Cheese
Baked Cod with Grilled Pepper Coulis (Berkshire)
BBQ Baby Back Ribs (Carving Station)

Vegetarian options
BBQ Riblets
Tofu Stir Fry (V) (Berkshire)
Spiced Mushroom Pecan Rice (Worcester)
Pesto Lasagna (Worcester)
Veggie Dogs (Worcester)

Dessert Station
Benne Cakes
Sweet Potato Pie
White Cupcakes with Chocolate Icing (vegan)"

1 comment:

Fillmore said...

Yeah, fried chicken and watermelon and the like has become synonymous, at least in this part of the country, with racist stereotyping of blacks. But at the same time, it actually *is* part of a long tradition of Southern black cooking. I'm not saying UMass shouldn't have been a little more sensitive to how it might have been interpreted, but this doesn't look like blind racism on their part. Everything they served is legitimate soul food.