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    They forgot the pigs feet, collard greens, chitlings, and Mississippi Mud....Also to note, they should've just called it Soul Food
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    There used to be a place in Oxford, Mississippi that served deep fried pig ears. They were surprisingly awesome.
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    I eat the f@ck out of all of dem things.
    Always considered it a priviledge to be taught how to cook dem , too. What da f is wrong with people today?!
    Jealous people who can't can't cook, never ate anything close to good soul food and consider honoring some of the best cooking in America a crime.
    Smdh!
    Another rather mundane bait up.
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    @AtsilaKamama They were flat and large. I remember them being tender, not tough as you'd think cartilage would be. But then, this was close to 40 years back, when I was still using the Teeth 1.0 chewing system. ;)
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    If it wasn't for the PC white assholes, most blacks that I know wouldn't give a shit about stupid nonsense like this. I honestly believe that most intelligent people would see the humor in what has to be a very funny faux pas.
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    @Ryunkin

    You mean the white ones with the white guilt complex and who make issue out of every little offense and show fake outrage over it?

    Those assholes?

    Sounds like Liberals to me!
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    @BravoJuliet I used to think that too. But since I've joined this forum, I've noticed that thinking has crept into the Conservative and Libertarian thinking as well. It also has infected the gay rights issue. For example. Why does a violent attack of a gay person constitute a hate crime, when the fact that it is a crime regardless of who it is perpetrated on is sufficient reason for punishment. If a man brutalizes a woman, is it any less of a crime than if he does the same to a gay man? And yet if he's convicted of a hate crime his punishment is twice as severe than if convicted of a regular assault. Why? Could it be another case of White man's guilt brought on by constant PC indoctrination that has infiltration both the left and right. The danger here is that we are creating separate classes before the law and that is a very slippery slope to navigate.
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    And ridiculous. I doubt very many blacks pay any attention at all to this nonsense today.

    Everyone knows that Rush Limpbaugh eats watermelon, chicken and everything on a pig everyday on his radio show.

    It's way past time for this to not be a racist issue.
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    I want you to know it was Galician Spaniards who introduced Black people to Ham Hocks and Collard Greens. I Galicia they're called "Jamon con Grelos" and I'm pretty darned sure that wasn't on the menu for many Africans as many were Muslims and did not eat pork products, lol. But on the other hand, Africans introduced the sons of Spaniards to many dishes such as 'fufu'(a very savory brown banana cooked into ball shapes) and 'Quimbombo'(okra)- they still use the African name for the foods down there. Even gnats have an African name in Cuba: Wasasa. Culture and food exchanges: It's a two way street.
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    @GedankPol Mmmm collards! I grow them in my garden every year. Fresh, creamed with black pepper! Always have excess so I dehydrate them, oven can and eat them as a snack in the winter.
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    @Laradian - "I doubt very many blacks pay any attention at all to this nonsense today." Yes, they do...

    People pay attention to humor at their expense.

    And I don't think this school was trying to be racist... they were showing their ignorance of Black American History during the month they were supposed to learn about it.
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    Goes to show the stupidity of stereotyping. "Soul Food" is poor folks food black, white, green, purple, red, yellow poor folks. It is cheap and surprisingly nutritious. Growing up in Texas we added frijoles con arroz and torlillas to the soul food. Fried chicken is actually eating high on the hog.
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    Soul food as you call it is just simply country cooking. It's good for the soul but hard on the body.
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    @Arumizy I don't know that it's hard on the body so long as it's GMO free and the eater gets plenty of exercise! It was a diet made for miners and farmers :)
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    There was a lot of heavy food to provide energy for a lot of heavy work. One of my forebears outfitted a chuckwagon and hired on as cook for cattle drives to Colorado gold fields on the Goodnight-Loving, the rail heads on the Chisolm and Sedalia and Western Trails. His journal lists a typical breakfast as chuckwagon chicken (bacon), Pecos Strawberries (beans), sourdough bullets (biscuits} and boiled coffee. All in huge quantities. His 7 day a week, hours before dawn to hours after sunset job paid the princely sum of $60.00 a month, twice what a cowhand made.
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    @c789cc interesting. Thanks for sharing. People worked for a living in those days and needed those calories and fat. USDA Recommended Daily Allowance= 4500 calories/ day. Lol.
    • based on historical statistical data of settlers, cow hands and working people according to the inverted government food pyramid of 1827•
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    @c789cc WOW! That was GOOD pay in those days. Even as recent as the early 40's, my grandpa said he made $4.00 per week plus company housing (rent) in a KY coal mining camp!
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    Look here, my Irish/English/Cherokee grandparents, ALL FOUR OF THEM, come from the Appalachian coal mining camps in the south and I am (sort of, but not really) offended that you'd insinuate that chicken, watermelon, collard greens or cornbread are in any way offensive or racist, or belonging soley to African-Americans! Furthermore, you forgot the Chicken n' Dumplings, chitlins, rice and raisins, chow-chow, green beans and salt pork, and corn on the cob! Do your research!!!/sarc

    Give me a break. This is some "Dey Ray-siss" grabbing at straws here...
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    Actually this is just the sort of thing racists "do" joke about. Believe me, I've heard it. But if this is "black people food" then I must have missed something in my family history. I love this food! Also, soul food came out of a time when black slaves had to turn really crappy food into something special. It worked. Maybe the school was onto something out of [respect] not out of disrespect.
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    It wasn't just black slaves eating "soul food", it was poor white miners and farmers, too. I don't know how "soul food" is even considered a bad thing or for poor people. That's the best eating in the world, if you ask me. Reminds me of my childhood and the food my Grandma made for me. It's insulting that people would say bad things about it, whether they are white or black.
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    @AtsilaKamama During slavery, the wealthy plantation owners would "allow" the slaves only certain parts of the animals they butchered. The less appetizing parts were turned into meals for their families. They learned to take whatever they had to make something special. It [is] the best food in the world!
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    @2kingsdaughter My grandma talks about eating squirrel brains from fresh road kill when they were growing up during the depression, too. Meat is meat, honestly. Although I know hearts and livers and brains are full of protein, I guess it's just the idea of it all that makes us say "YUCK!" or think less of it in some ways, eh?
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    @AtsilaKamama My mother likes squirrel brains. My family hunts so we eat a lot of things many people would call "yuck". And we never kill an animal we won't eat. I'm cool with hearts and livers, but the cholesterol is pretty high so I try to avoid that too. I don't personally hunt, but I do help my husband in the processing of the animals. I've helped skin more deer and rabbits than I can count. And since he doesn't eat duck, but it's my favorite wild meat, I almost always pluck the feathers and "gut" them myself. It really puts you in touch with your food in a very personal way. I appreciate it all the more.
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    @AtsilaKamama I don't like lookin' at dem heads in the pot but squirrel brains are very tasty and the cheek meat is awesome.
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    That's all school stereotyping of black folks. In 2014 it's all about the Newport Menthols and Ole English 800 malt liquor.
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    @dontmatter
    I have read through all the post and couldn't believe no one else said that! We all should have, including the African Americans.
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    Just stop. Went out for some great kung pao chicken last week to celebrate the Year of the Horse. The owner of the neighborhood Chinese joint didn't seem offended.
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    I'm pretty sure that a faculty so tone deaf that chicken, watermelon and cornbread for a Black History Month lunch didn't ring alarm bells should probably be checked for other mental defects.

    And I'd probably consider moving my daughter to a smarter school.
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    What would have been a more appropriate one? Fried okra? Ham hocks? Turnip greens? Me personally I don't think we need racially dividing months as this but hey we all have an opinion.
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    My buddy Dorjan is black and he can smash a watermelon. He hates collard greens but I love then and we both can eat a ton of chicken and corn bread ( with brown beans cooked in a cast iron skillet on a open fire) I guess what I am saying is who gives a shit if it's a stereotype, if it looks good eat it. I probably eat more Kimchi then most Koreans in the us.
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    Interesting you mention Kimchi... I plan on growing some Napa cabbage this season, I've been dying to try it. I grow my own red peppers, too. Any tips?
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    @AtsilaKamama extinguishing flames is a must. Generally I make my kimchi like my kraut keep it cool like in a basement or cellar that has a constant temp for a good ferment. Normally I use a five gallon stone crock for kraut, kimchi, pickled corn on the cob, pickles etc. I find then to be far superior to anything else.
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    I was stationed a year in Korea in 88-89, and I hated Kimchi. When I got off the plane in Kores the first smell that hit me in the face was the rice patties. the second smell was Kimchi. After I returned to the states I had to wash all of my cloths three times to get the smell of Korea out of them. Don't get me wrong, I liked other food but Kimchi to me has to be the God awfulest food ever created and what made it worse was working or running with someone who lives off of it and smelling it exuding from their pores. Damn, I'm sick already. I think I just had a flash back.
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    I've had to endure hundreds of crap meals served for Black History Indoctrination while in the Navy. Pigs feet taste like crap no matter what.
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    Cook them with onion, garlic, salt, pepper(black and course red), poultry seasoning, bay leaf. Just cover them with inch of water, cook slowly until done and tender, then increase heat and cook them down until medium thick gravy forms and they are gummy, gooey, good. While they are cooking put on a pot of black eyed peas. Justin Wilson would be proud of you.
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    Good point. But, I have eaten pickled pigs feet and they are pretty good. Look, I am a white boy from Louisiana and I grew up eating the very foods that Yankees call "soul food." Black folks claim this to be "their food" but I think most of it is a cultural mix of damned good cooking. Just like the Cajun/Creole and Nuevo Cuisine have joined to create great food dishes, the traditional slave food on plantations made its way into the big house and, as Emeril would say, "kicked it up a notch." To be quite honest, it needed to be "kicked up a notch" because it was pretty bland.
    Now, some of the race baiters on here may not like me saying this, but it's the damned truth. And, I love that stuff known as "soul food."
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    Black History Indoctrination? The Navy actually has an event with that name?

    And I'm sure you know that there is much more to the traditional Black American cuisine than pigs feet.
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  • #207
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    Another Epic FAIL:

    The black student union were the ones that planned the menu!! But you assumed it was racist white people.

    YOU FAIL.
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    I don't know where this all started about the fried chicken and watermelon because that's a southern thang! I love fried chicken and watermelon and I'm as white as a bed sheet. To me this school should have left the menu alone and served the regular food and quit trying to be so damned politically correct. There's nothing wrong with teaching black history, or American Indian history, but I dare say I see the school serving deer, maze, jerky, and smoked salmon in honor of American Indians. Stupid school administrators once again enticing racism instead of assisting in bringing the races together.
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    @AtsilaKamama I guess to some people but in reading my history on the first Thanksgiving the Wampanoag Indians were very diverse in the foods that they ate.
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    Racism is in the intent, not the food itself. If they just happened to have a lunch with this food, nobody would bat an eye. The problem is that they served these food items BECAUSE of the stereotypes associated with them, branding it a celebration of black history month.

    I have very low standards for racism. If this was accidental and they didn't know that these specific foods were a black stereotype, then fine. If they had scheduled this meal on black Friday as a joke about the name of the day, then that's okay too (I will let almost anything slide if it's intended as a joke). Backing up cultural stereotypes under the guise of "honoring" that culture, however is either intentionally racist or profoundly ignorant. Given it's a Christian school, it very well may be both.
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    @Saving_USA I think it's much ado over nothing. As a white person, white people are affected by racism every day through affirmative action - but leftists love that! We need true equality for all races!
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    Funny.. but should the school have consulted with black families over this? Really?? If you are that stupid you should not be in charge of teaching children. This is so stupid I can't believe that it is real, and not something that just happened on Family Guy or something.
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    I'm white and I understand the stereotype but I really love cornbread, watermelon and fired chicken. Good cornbread is impossible to find outside the south (unless you make it yourself).

    As an aside ... I don't know why it is but people up here in Bend, OR love ice cream. They eat that stuff all the time up here. I wish I had some BBQ pork shoulder, green beans and cornbread for dinner. But since I live in central Oregon I'll have to eat snow as depicted in this documentary. We are lucky to live in central Oregon because we have far more snow than the people in the video.
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    My Grandma has used Jiffy Mix since dinosaurs roamed the earth. I'm going to see her Monday. I'll ask her what her secret twist on it is ;) I know a cast iron skillet is essential!
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    My grand mother makes the best beans and corn bread. You most certainly can find it outside the south. Soul/southern food is the same as country food all around. Me personally I smoke and cure the best hams and sausages you will ever eat.
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    @PNWest this may sound way to fatty or redundant but I love taking good corn bread and tearing it up into a glass of buttermilk.
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    @PNWest I'm ashamed to say that I honestly really don't like cornbread so I never learned the recipe from her. Buttermilk- YES! I know she uses that too :)
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