A New Jersey School Has Apologized For Black History Month Lunch Menu
Hopewell Valley Central High School wanted to do something special for Black History Month. A fried chicken lunch special seems to have been the wrong choice. Do you think it was in poor taste?
Hopewell Valley Central High school has now apologized for offering a Black History Month- inspired lunch special centering around fried chicken.
While it is unclear where complaints about the menu stemmed from, the school's superintendent, Thomas A. Smith, has since apologized for the racially insensitive menu, saying:
The decision to include these items without any context or explanation, reinforces racial stereotypes and is not consistent with our district mission and efforts to improve cultural competency among our students and staff.
The school's food service provider, Pomptonian, has also apologized, saying that one of their directors worked with the school to create the menu for Black History Month. Pomptonian Vice President Cathy Penna spoke on the incident, saying:
Pomptonian deeply regrets that, out of context, this menu may have been perceived by individuals as insensitive or in poor taste.
But now, what we'd like to know is...