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School criticized for offering fried chicken, watermelon for Black History Month

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School criticized for offering fried chicken, watermelon for Black History Month

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Feb 7, 2014

A Northern California Catholic school is facing some serious backlash because of a school lunch menu.

The school was trying to celebrate Black History Month and it backfired big time. The special lunch menu, which was to be served this week, featured fried chicken, corn bread and watermelon.

Carondelet High School For Girls in Concord, which is near Oakland, says the idea came from a place of pure ignorance, not malice. They thought it was a clever way of celebrating Black History Month.

The menu was planned by the Black Student Union at De La Salle High School, the neighboring boys' Catholic school, according to Contra Costa Times.

Still, some in Oakland's African-American community are not amused.

An assembly was held at the school Wednesday to discuss the issue. The school has also sent a letter of apology to parents. The school is planning to use the incident as a way to teach sensitivity in the future.

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Joyce Lupiani, who is based in Las Vegas at KTNV-TV Channel 13, is a contributor to NowTrending.com.