School Planned to Serve Fried Chicken, Watermelon for Black History Month Lunch
CONCORD, Ca. (WRIC)—A California
high school is under fire from students, parents and community members over a
planned Black History Month luncheon that is perceived as fueling racial
Students at Carondelet High School,
an all-girls private Catholic school in Concord, Ca., recently planned a
special lunch in honor of Black History Month. But the CHS community became
outraged when it was announced the menu consisted of fried chicken, watermelon
CHS Principal Nancy Libby sent out
an apology letter to parents this week that said in part:
"I'd like to apologize for this
announcement and any hurt this caused students, parents or community members.
Please know that at no time at Carondelet do we wish to perpetrate racial
stereotypes and we indeed work diligently to do just the opposite … Please know
also that I have looked into this matter, determined how this happened and have
already taken steps to ensure that this does not occur again."
Libby met with leaders of the Black
Student Union, who suggested the watermelon be removed from the menu; she
agreed to do so.
Libby also said the school plans to hold
a diversity assembly for faculty and students.