NYU Student Complains About ‘Racist’ Black History Month Food Menu, Gets Workers Fired

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A student complaint over a “racially insensitive menu” for a Black History Month meal at New York University has led to firings and an apology from the food service company.

Food is now political.

Following a complaint by Nia Harris, a 19-year-old sophomore at NYU’s College of Arts and Science, NYU President Andrew Hamilton says it was “inexcusably insensitive” for the caterer, Aramark, to feature barbecued ribs, corn bread, collard greens, and fruit-flavored water—all of which were deemed to be stereotypically black.

Despite an explanation from the head cook to Harris that the employees who planned the menu were African Americans, the student—and the school—were not having it.

Following the clarification, Harris fired off a screenshot of the email exchange to Facebook, captioning it with a post that began with the words, “This is what it’s like to be a black student at New York University.”

This is what it's like to be a black student at New York University. You go to a dining hall during February and you see…

Posted by Nia Harris on Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The email led to Hamilton’s statement condemning the menu, adding that it had been prepared without any input from the university, and that the “error was compounded by the insensitivity of the replies” written by the cook.

Hamilton offered an apology to the student, stating that the school’s dining administrators “will insist that Aramark put in place a mechanism to avoid a repeat of yesterday’s episode, such as consulting the existing student advisory body and campus cultural groups about the menu for special events.”

Aramark capitulated to the complaints and fired the employees responsible for the menu, stating: “We have zero tolerance for any employee who does not adhere to our values or contradicts our longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.”

All this over soul food proposed and prepared by African American cooks.

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  1. Thomas Cavan

    February 24, 2018 at 11:23 am

    No watermelon??

  2. Layton

    February 24, 2018 at 11:54 am

    I was gonna make a joke that they’d rather eat soy.

    Then I took a look at the complainer’s linked FB, and saw that she’s an obese black woman. Yyyeah, there’s no way in fucking hell this person has approached anything that’s not deep-fried.

    • Sabina

      February 24, 2018 at 4:07 pm


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  4. Sabina

    February 24, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    That food isn’t black, it’s Southern!
    I’m white, and my Mamaw (from KY) made fried chicken, hush puppies, corn bread, grits, collard greens, biscuits and gravy, corn and sausage, and oh, man, I’m suddenly so hungry!

  5. AK Hounds

    February 24, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    What, exactly, would this silly snowflake suggest be served for a “Black History Month Meal” (and why isn’t the whole concept deemed ‘racially insensitive’ to everyone else on the planet)??

    • Ray

      February 25, 2018 at 12:15 pm

      In Africa, a standard meal consists of mashed paste made in an unwashed stone pot beat with a thick piece of wood and made with dirty water
      That’s basically it
      And I’m not talking about South Africa, I’m talking Mozambique

  6. Stoney

    February 24, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    Soul food restaurants are next.

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  8. Darth Vectivus

    February 26, 2018 at 11:31 am

    The best part is that the employees who compiled and cooked the menu items were black, so if they were terminated for insensitivity it means that black people were fired for anti-black racism.

    Why is it so hard to look at campus cretins in the eye and tell them “No,” or “Shut up”?

  9. Khanscott

    February 26, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    And this is why we shouldn’t take seriously those who’s ages end in “teen”. Shouldn’t she be sucking down colorful laundry detergents or finding the next sensational way of having Darwin sort people out?

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    March 4, 2018 at 11:04 am

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