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 stereotypes.
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 and cornbread.
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.
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