NYU President Calls Special Black History Month Menu 'Inexcusably Insensitive'

Menu Featured Collard Greens, Kool Aid & BBQ Ribs

February 22, 2018 - 5:22 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- One person's experience may be another's offensive stereotype.

The New York Times reports that a dining hall at New York University advertised a special meal in honor of Black History month: BBQ ribs, corn bread, collard greens, kool aid and watermelon-flavored water.

Sophomore Nia Harris posted a screen shot of the menu on Facebook and wrote, "This is what it's like to be a black student at NYU."

"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 added.

The next day, the university president released a statement calling the menu "inexcusably insensitive" and explained the choices were made by food service provider, Aramark.

The head cook said the employees who planned the menu are black but they apparently didn't consult with campus cultural groups and the student advisory body as required.

Aramark says it has fired two employees.