The Carondelet High School for Girls in Concord, California is currently under some scrutiny. In one of the school’s efforts to celebrate Black History Month, the lunch menu offered fried chicken, cornbread and watermelon.
Balancing creativity and cultural sensitivities can be challenging for schools. Carondelet High School, an all girls’ Catholic institution in Concord, California is currently under some scrutiny.
The Black Student Union, which includes students from both Corondelet and a neighboring boys’ Catholic school, wanted to come up with unique and fun ways to celebrate Black History Month. An announcement was made that the cafeteria lunch menu would offer fried chicken, cornbread and watermelon.
However, both parents and students took offense to the menu choice.
When complaints started pouring in, the school held an assembly to address the issue. An apology letter was also sent home to parents.
In it, Principal Nancy Libby noted “I'd like to apologize for the 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.”
Libby agreed to remove the fried chicken, watermelon and cornbread from the menu. She also announced that a diversity assembly would be held for students and teachers.
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