School serves fried chicken, watermelon for Black History Month

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CONCORD, CA (KTVU/CNN) – The president of a private school for girls said a student effort to have a Black History Month lunch was to blame for the menu of fried chicken, cornbread and watermelon.

Sister Ann Bernard, interim president of Carondelet High School, apologized Thursday. She said members of the black student union club at a neighboring school planned the special lunch.

Ann Bernard added the choices came from a place of ignorance, not malice.

“They thought this was a very clever way, in their own way, of celebrating Black History Month,” she said. “It was as simple and naive as that.”

The school principal sent out a letter saying the school did not want to “perpetrate racial stereotypes.”

Rick Moss, the chief curator at Oakland’s African-American Museum and Library, said the food choices did not reflect reality.

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