Are Black History Month-Specific Food Sale Ads + Items Appropriate?
A non-African-American co-worker brought this to my attention because she thought it was inappropriate (ad pictured above). I always wondered if it was just me…but now I know there’s at least one other person who shares my sentiments regarding ads that promote STEREOTYPICAL FOOD ITEMS for sale during Black History Month.
I remember visiting one store a few years ago, during Black History Month, that prompted me to complain after seeing a “BLACK HISTORY MONTH FOOD SALE DISPLAY” featuring (of course) black-eyed peas, yams, greens, hog maws, chicken (for frying), macaroni & cheese and chitterlings (surprised the ad didn’t say chittlins)…but where was the green salad, broccoli, tilapia and squash I was eating that night AND consume on a regular basis?
Maybe it’s just me (and my co-worker)…maybe grits, greens, yams, macaroni & cheese and chicken are appropriate CELEBRATORY foods in recognizing “Our History”…but in my opinion, Black History Month is about PEOPLE…NOT FOOD!
WHAT DO YOU THINK?