I try to be courteous and sensitive to the people around me, and I take no pleasure in causing anyone offense. But this item posted by our friend Ed Driscoll, has got me a bit perplexed.
This was posted yesterday at the Daily Caller:
A California university says it was bad taste to serve chicken and waffles on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Officials at the University of California, Irvine, say the menu of stereotypical black food was served on Jan. 17 — the first day of the school’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. symposium.
The dining hall advertised the meal as an “MLK Holiday Special.”
The co-chairman of the school’s Black Student Union and another student lodged formal complaints.
University spokeswoman Cathy Lawhon tells the Los Angeles Times that the cafeteria staff made a last-minute decision about the menu. She says the intention was to offer holiday comfort food. The company that runs the cafeteria says it will conduct cultural sensitivity training for its chefs and managers.
What I don't understand: Is this a fake controversy, perpetuated by those who seem to delight in taking offense in anything and everything? Or is this truly a glaring incident of cultural insensitivity? Next question: Would it be culturally insensitive of me to serve burritos at a dinner party in honor of Cesar Chavez day?