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Maybe it wasn’t that racist

Yesterday, Questlove of The Roots tweeted that picture of NBC’s menu for Black History Month. Controversy erupted as people thought NBC was promoting stereotypes. Turns out that’s what black people like to eat. At least that’s what African-American chef Leslie Calhoun who created the menu liked to eat.

“All I wanted to do was make a meal that everyone would enjoy — and that I eat myself,” NBC cook Leslie Calhoun told The Post last night.

“Questlove, who I serve every day and who enjoys my food, requested the neck bone [cooked in] the black-eyed peas and fried chicken, then got off the line, saying, ‘This is racist,’ ” she said.

“The next thing you know, people were taking pictures of the sign and asking all the other black people in the cafeteria if this was racist. They said that it wasn’t.”

“Whew, crisis averted,” an NBC exec said as she went back to the top floor and wiped the shoe polish off her face.

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Superevil
Superevil
10 years ago

I don’t wtf people are bitching about, that sounds delicious.

Laura
Laura
10 years ago

black shoe polish! LMAO

IKnowItAll
IKnowItAll
10 years ago

Collard greens are not common fare outside the black community. I don’t see watermelon and strawberry soda on the list, people need to chill.

Jessa
Jessa
10 years ago

I’m white and from South Carolina and that is a typical Sunday after church meal. And YES Collard greens are eaten almost in the south by whites and blacks. It’s considered tradition to eat black eyed peas and collard greens on New Years for good luck. The greens represent dollars and the peas cents. Only thing they left out the deep dish mac and cheese. And white southerners love watermelon just as much as black southerners. One thing that will top all of that is BOILED PEANUTS!!!!! Which I have tried to get up north but impossible to find. Down… Read more »

Weeble
Weeble
10 years ago

I’m black and from Mississippi, and this does not sound delicious to me — too much grease and pork. Ew.

DiMi
DiMi
10 years ago

I am African American. The problem was not the food, but the sign. The food wasn’t racist, but the sign was ill-advised.

Bec
Bec
10 years ago

Don’t know why I have to qualify this with ‘I’m black too,’ but there you go.

Anyway, people really need to re-laaaax. If KFC was dependant upon black people, it would go out of business. We only represent 12% of the country. White people love fried chicken even more than we do!

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