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Top Chef: Chris Matthews Plans NBC Black History Month Menu February 4, 2010

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This is hilarious.  I wonder if they take WIC cards at the cafeteria line. What??? No chitterlings? They must have forgot that we were black people.

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17 Responses to “Top Chef: Chris Matthews Plans NBC Black History Month Menu”

  1. manbearpig68 Says:

    No racism there!

  2. This isn’t racist, it was an accident NBC just forgot it was Black History Month that’s all, it’s not like they are conservatives or anything like that.

    I remember when I was going to college outside of Nashville and the school did the same thing only they had chitterlings on the menu too. A bunch of people got offended, I didn’t hear any of the black students complain but a lot of the white ones did.

    My comment on the whole this was if they had put out some watermelon even I was going to start a riot. Several of my friends however didn’t think much of it, not because of racism but because they thought it was stupid because to them it wasn’t “black” food but Southern food and thought is was silly to try and call it “black food” and were offended by that.

    Wouldn’t it be better to stop patronizing people and knock off these “_______ History Month” things and remember that history doesn’t come in races or ethnic groups but is a part of all of us?

    • afrocity Says:

      Good points. I was never one for “__________ history month”

      As far as the menu, I am African American and I DO find it offensive. However it is no different from serving Mexican food at the high school cafeteria for Cinco de Mayo, or egg rolls for Chinese New Year celebrations.

      When I was in graduate school out east in Massachusetts, they did the same thing…greens, cornbread, friend chicken…and played the movie Rosewood on the cafeteria TV. My Latina, classmate and I laughed as we watched our white classmates hesitantly taste the greens. She said “All I have learned from this experience was that blacks like fried spicy foods…”

      • I do find it wrong because it’s stereotyping people. I was just saying how while some people find it racist other find it offensive because they see it as part of a larger culture and not limited to one race. Either way i don’t think it was the right thing to do.

        I remember one time I had to explain to people while trying to help set up a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration that Mexico wasn’t the only Hispanic country. I ended up giving a speech on Miguel de Cervantes because I thought if we were supposed to be talking about culture we should include real culture, this was after someone tried to suggest I do a speech on the history on the sombrero. The sad thing about it is that everyone really thought their heart was in the right place, well their head wasn’t. I don’t “help” any more, but at least the food was good.

        It is all very patronizing.

  3. WMCB Says:

    The problem is that reducing people to the color of their skin, or their supposed “ethnic culture”, is just silly. The Left seems to think that it’s okay to do that for their political advantage, but not okay in other settings. So they end up requiring a very convoluted set of mental gymnastics to justify their view of race.

    When you have fully integrated into society, then “ethnic identity” becomes just a nostalgic thing, a part of the whole, a way of remembering tradition in a rather tongue-in-cheek way. An example would be St. Patrick’s Day and all the hoopla involved for the Irish.

    But you can’t take that light-hearted, “It’s not really centrally important, but we are going to have fun with honoring it and telling stories about our grandma” approach to anything regarding “black ethnic culture”. It has not been allowed to become just a part of the history of a people who are otherwise no different than any other American, in the way that has happened with other groups.

    The demand has been that their “blackness” be the centerpiece of their entire existence, both politically and socially. By taking the position that one’s blackness is one’s defining characteristic, you by extension have to take that same isolating view toward anything to do with black people.

    Thus you end up having to seriously debate the very very important “meaning” of something as nonsensical as a soul-food menu for a holiday, a position that the Irish never find themselves in re: corned beef and cabbage and green beer.

    • afrocity Says:

      WMCB and in Chicago they paint the river green and add food coloring to the corned beef (GROSS).

      I wonder what NBC serves for Womens History Month or do they make all the women cook?

  4. bob Says:

    I feel left out. When’s the last time you heard about a Swedish Heritage Month?

    Smorgasbord, ahhhh

    Not to mention lutefisk.

  5. yttik Says:

    LOL, trust me, we do not want lutefisk day. We actually do that here, and it isn’t pretty.

    I was shocked at NBC, which is saying something because they haven’t been the best and brightest lately. It’s not like my expectations of them are high, but good grief! This was really patronizing and full of stereotypes. I’m surprised they didn’t serve complimentary watermelon or something.

  6. TopTrendingTopics Says:

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  7. Peter Says:

    As it turns out the chef that decided on this menu is a black woman, obviously a self hating black woman. I have been in more than one cafe where I was the only white guy there and seen (and eaten) more than a few meals just about exactly like that. Except for the Aquafina. I’m pretty sure that’s just a sop for the white folks.

    Take that stuff off the menus and half the black owned eateries in the south would shut down.

  8. Back Bay Style Says:

    Personally as a person of half-Irish descent I have always found St. Patrick’s Day offensive and silly, and when I visited Ireland, the Irish let us know in no uncertain terms that they are a sophisitcated, literate culture, and all this blarney stone, shamrock, leprechuan stuff is an American made embarrassment. Ethnic stereotypes always hurt, even when you are four generations removed. Shame on NBC..

  9. John Morris Says:

    “Take that stuff off the menus and half the black owned eateries in the south would shut down.”

    And a whole lot of white owned ones. Mostly this is southern food with a little spiin and variation. For instance, I think a lot of white southerners associate many so called “greens” as poor people food. My girfriend is from west Virginia and her dad used to get flack from his upper class family for liking a lot of poor people’s food. (West Virginia has a whole lot of very poor white folks)

    Anyway, I sort of give a pass on this one, almost anyone could have wandered into this silly controversy these days.

    Context is pretty important. When combined with truely racist comments like the Chris Mathews one, you have to wonder.

  10. looking for integrity Says:

    The chef who designed this menu is an African-American who had been fighting with her bosses to get a menu in honor of Black History month for several years. There was a brief video interview with her.

    My take on it that she tried to put out a menu that many who are not familiar with African-American cuisine would recognize. It was more a misguided attempt to do something good…

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