Fried chicken, collard greens, black eyed peas, and cornbread. Sounds good, right? Well, once you place in the context of NBC’s menu today, it might just leave a bad taste in your mouth. This menu (photo below) was posted as being In Honor of Black History Month. At this time, it’s unclear whose idea this was. The only thing we can say is that it was a bad idea.
Drummer @questlove of The Roots, NBCU employee, brought this to our attention today via Twitter. His commentary on it? “Hmm HR?”
It’s not the fact that NBC wanted to celebrate Black History month. It’s not the fact that they had fried chicken and southern-style/soul food on the menu. The problem is with the overall picture.
Of course, Twitter was on fire with people commenting and retweeting the photo as Questlove has about 1.2 million followers. Most people share the opinion that this was in bad taste.
Right now, we don’t know the details of the situation. We don’t know if maybe this menu was requested by the staff for Black History Month. Maybe Questlove didn’t get the memo.
Maybe it was just a coincidence – we’re lacking some context. What did the Commissary serve yesterday? Did it also have a Black History Month note on the menu then (and might every day this month)? Does ?uestlove eat at the Commissary every day, or just today? Can the Internet answer these questions for me? I don’t know. (via Mediaite commentator)
One Tweeter had this to say, “Not sure why NBC celebrates Black History Month…they sure don’t hire or feature any over at MSNBC!” Well, that is a whole different can of worms, but does bring us to an interesting point. Well, not very interesting, since it’s the same one we always come to. I’m referring to the fact that we all don’t get each other entirely. Although we try to work together as a multi-cultural society, there are just times when you should ask before taking action because you may come off looking all kinds of crazy.
Why do we still need Black History Month? This. This is why.
What do you think? I’m thinking where’s the watermelon.