Two chefs have been fired for preparing a meal during “Black History Month” that was apparently too black.
Deemed insensitive, the meal – barbecued ribs, corn bread, collard greens, watermelon, macaroni and cheese and grape Kool-Aid, was prepared ostensibly to pay tribute to African American culture and history. It was served at the dining hall of New York University.
But Aramark didn’t see it that way, even thought it appears both cooks were black. CBS reports that management said the menu was “insensitive.” The NYU President piled on, and went even further and said the meal was “inexcusably insensitive.”
One of the students, sophomore Nia Harris (who is also black) said the head cook dismissed her objections to the menu, saying since the employees were black, it can’t possibly be racist. She said she was “lied to, placated and ignored.” So what did she do? She posted her experience on Facebook, of course.
“In 2018 I literally had to explain why displaying watermelon and koolaid in celebration of Black History Month was not only racially insensitive but just ignorant,” she wrote.
Aramark – the contractor for the dining hall – quickly fired the two workers and is “retraining” it’s employees. Here’s their cloyingly contrite statement:
We have zero tolerance for any employee who does not adhere to our values or contradicts our longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. Employees at NYU who acted independently and did not follow our approved plan for the celebration of Black History Month have been terminated and are no longer with the company. We are extremely disappointed by this regrettable situation and apologize to the entire NYU community and communities everywhere for their insensitive and offensive actions. We are re-training all our NYU campus employees to ensure an incident like this is not repeated.