Top university apologizes for serving 'racist' Black History Month menu

Top university apologizes for serving 'racist' Black History Month menu

NYU has a reputation for diversity and inclusivity, with the school's website stating black students make up 4.8 per cent of the student body and 10.4 per cent of all faculty and staff.

"This assortment of food is problematic due to the inherent stereotypes associated with black people and southern soul food cuisine, as well as a lack of consideration for Black people in the Diaspora", reads the statement, "These drink options perpetuate harmful stereotypes that have existed about the black community for decades, and show an extreme level of cultural insensitivity".

Nia Harris, a sophomore in N.Y.U.'s College of Arts & Science, emailed the school's deans with her grievances.

You'd think that institutions would know how to properly celebrate Black History Month by now, but unfortunately, some are still struggling to get it right.

In her letter, which she also shared on Facebook, Harris wrote: "It is with great sadness and frustration that I even have to send this email". "I was like they are you, or you, they could be anybody", she said. "The individual acted independently in a way that runs counter to our values and compromised our longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion", Aramark Regional Vice President Victoria Pasquale said in a statement.

The university has now issued an official apology.


Aramark released an apology announcing the suspension of its director of Weinstein dining, stating, they are "re-training all employees to ensure a regrettable incident like this is not repeated".

But the student group was especially offended by the beverage choices. While Harris is happy both the university and Aramark took swift action, she said it shouldn't have happened in the first place.

Harris said she has been referring people to an article by historian William R. Black in The Atlantic that details how the watermelon went from a symbol of self-sufficiency for recently freed slaves after the Civil War to a symbol of racism. "We apologize for an inexcusable menu mistake that occurred at Downstein".

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