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2-10 7:15am Tommy, Black History Month snafu

Feb 10, 2014|

Tommy talks to Claire Schmidt, a Professor at the University of Missouri who studies race & folklore, about a California school that served a controversial lunch

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Talking about the school Randall at school in California that in Erica some conflicting. Stories about how exactly team to be on the menu but. It's an all girls Catholic school and they decided to put. The -- of fried chicken and cornbread and watermelon on the cafeteria menu in commemoration of Black History Month. There wasn't a lot of fencing and by some people. And I don't know if you take offense and we'd love to talk to Ian. Where dogs at a right now to try to explain the difference tween culture and stereo typing in mind this could perhaps be different in serving. I've corned beef and cabbage on saint Patrick cnet's -- Schmidt who is a professor at the University of Missouri who studies race. And folk -- good morning professor. Thanks for taking the timeliness. No problem jump in wherever you feel comfortable where you think the correct starting point would be. Well I think that a lot of people about other people about why is that offensive. All -- people angry and others. I'll. Wires that -- happening after all these years. I think that. Hot issue fried chicken. In the black communities. Around the country is. Never again. A simple issue and apart by chicken menu. For Black History Month. It is. Either going to be received. A slap in the face an insult or indicative. Really. Here -- ignorance. Historical. -- Right so explain to me and on and I'm not trying to be ignorant here but -- In terms of the historical context of the -- the connotation of fried chicken and watermelon cornbread. How that's different then. The connotation or the practice of eating corned beef and cabbage on Saint Patrick's Day York or are good men in Mexican restaurants having cinco demy AO. Celebrations and I think a lot of people get confused professor I'm not trying to. To -- straws here but between culture and stereotype. Absolutely. I think it's it's one of the usually you'd need to. -- not. Cannot understand the difference. Because we're getting stereotypes. Culture and that's part of your culture. And also the stereotype and cultures are those things. That we think the thing that we do with our parents our grandparents. All. And so. Many certainly many. Lots of different background eat fried chicken. I liked fried chicken but nobody cares I like fried chicken because not quite -- -- -- -- and you and people. Fact that nobody cares. An African American person. Have to choose whether to order fried chicken -- menu choice it is going to be. Well how much of -- stereotype. Q I want to be much do I want to -- appear to buy into what other people say I am and so either. African American ports and Ken -- -- eat fried chicken I like it. Or recognizing. That. The people watching that are going to see them -- buying into the stereotype of that you did not get the tragic and and refused that -- expect you know -- it began -- -- -- Well when it comes to -- again and try to be done here I'm trying to learn when it comes to. A person that is Latino Latina on going to new. Mexican restaurant or person it's a jingle and a new a Chinese restaurant or Japanese restaurant or person nets. Irish you don't go on in in heaven corned beef and can't -- Does that play to stereotypes or visit played a culture and how do you draw that line. Sure I and certainly -- beef and cabbage. You -- it could be seen as a stereotype. But it doesn't really carry it that much. Doesn't it that much baggage -- it. And so the problem watermelon and fried chicken. Four hundreds of years -- state. At a symbol. Like. What makes African American people. Different from like people that. For example -- the culprit of an Asian. And the -- Reconstruction shows elected black. Politicians. Eating fried chicken with -- feet up on the gap in congress and -- on and bad that really and that. The inevitable cause. You know a lot I think harm to. Issues of equality. And so I think a lot of it is what do you see yourself vs what do other people see you. I appreciate your time professor I really do.

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