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Ikea Atlanta Juneteenth menu
changed after blowback over plans
to serve fried chicken, watermelon

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Posted By: NorthernDog, 6/22/2021 9:59:11 PM

Retailer Ikea is under fire after one of its stores reportedly sent out a lunch menu for a Juneteenth celebration that is said to have featured certain dishes that perpetuate racial stereotypes. An Atlanta Ikea store sent a letter to employees last week to inform them of the celebration, which allegedly included a note about a "special menu" including items like fried chicken, watermelon and other foods with ties to racism, as reported by local CBS affiliate. The meal was intended as an internal celebration for store workers, not for customers. A spokesperson for Ikea told FOX Business that to


Menu was devised with input from black workers. Aren't all celebrations like this based on stereotypes? Irish don't eat corned beef & cabbage every day. Etc...

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Reply 1 - Posted by: NYBruin 6/22/2021 10:09:25 PM (No. 823643)
EVERYTHING is a microaggression these days
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Northcross 6/22/2021 10:10:53 PM (No. 823644)
"... and other foods with ties to racism..." What in the heck does that even mean?
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Jesuslover54 6/22/2021 10:17:16 PM (No. 823645)
Racism or traditional favorites? How'd the 'ism' get in there?
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Reply 4 - Posted by: wilarrbie 6/22/2021 10:25:07 PM (No. 823651)
Oh, just shut up and let the people enjoy watermelon. It is fruit of the gods and it has ties to kids, eating outdoors, laughter and Summer. If you quit pointing at hobgoblins, they go away. If you stop gouging the scab, it will heal. Is that even a goal anymore?
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Reply 5 - Posted by: chumley 6/22/2021 10:25:43 PM (No. 823652)
I love fried chicken and watermelon. So what does it get switched to? Hog jowls, chitlins and fatback?
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Reply 6 - Posted by: DARling 6/22/2021 10:25:55 PM (No. 823653)
If Ikea had blown it off and served its normal food, they'd have been accused of disrespecting the holiday. You can never win with grievance-mongers.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: SALady 6/22/2021 10:30:37 PM (No. 823659)
I am over 60, and I have never met a black person that did not love fried chicken and watermelon in the summer time. Of course, I have never met a white or brown person that did not love friend chicken and watermelon in the summer time either. I grew up in a town with a large black population, and had many black friends. I was invited over for fried chicken the watermelon lunches many times growing up. How in the hell did that wonderful yummy meal become racist?!?!?!?
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Rama41 6/22/2021 10:35:43 PM (No. 823666)
Huh? If I served that, I'd be accused of cultural appropriation.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: seamusm 6/22/2021 10:47:08 PM (No. 823681)
Racism would imply that whites forced such foods upon unwilling blacks. It isn't racism if these are food preferences of black Americans. But God forbid a white person should presume to recognize such cultural preferences.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Omen55 6/22/2021 10:51:27 PM (No. 823690)
Suits have no backbone which is why they are such easy marks🤦‍♂️
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Reply 11 - Posted by: on fire 6/22/2021 10:51:36 PM (No. 823691)
Worked in Galveston for years. Those celebrating Juneteenth ate fried chicken, okra, watermelon, & drank red pop. They considered the food a homage to slave ancestors who would have considered this a feast. ( The self proclaimed “Watermelon Capital of the World” is 50 miles & would have been a treat. Anyone questioning the food for Juneteenth is considered a racist...who are they to tell them what food they can or can’t eat....??
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Blackbird 6/22/2021 11:07:54 PM (No. 823702)
I’m white & have always enjoyed both fried chicken and watermelon. Is that now cultural appropriation??
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Reply 13 - Posted by: YorkieMom 6/22/2021 11:09:11 PM (No. 823704)
Some whiney people and the media just seem to have time to holler racist for everything. Will they ever shut up?
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Reply 14 - Posted by: snakeoil 6/22/2021 11:22:58 PM (No. 823713)
Give me the fried chicken. The watermelon you can have. Spitting seeds isn't my thing.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: DVC 6/22/2021 11:28:29 PM (No. 823719)
Instead, they all went to Popeye's and got chicken and watermelon.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Come And Take It 6/22/2021 11:39:03 PM (No. 823724)
Is there something wrong with fried chicken and watermelon these days?
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Reply 17 - Posted by: PChristopher 6/23/2021 12:06:31 AM (No. 823731)
Good thing they didn't offer pig tails and black-eyed peas.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: Lawsy0 6/23/2021 1:21:55 AM (No. 823754)
I do declare! Now what, Mr. Interlocutor?
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Reply 19 - Posted by: NeverForget 6/23/2021 1:51:49 AM (No. 823762)
#12 -- Yes. Also, your username is raycist. /s off.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: mifla 6/23/2021 5:21:56 AM (No. 823803)
What if I like fried chicken and watermelon? Does that mean I can't be a Democrat?
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Reply 21 - Posted by: franq 6/23/2021 5:50:42 AM (No. 823813)
I'm sorry, that headline made me laugh.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: franq 6/23/2021 5:57:39 AM (No. 823817)
They forgot the Skittles. That will cause outrage every time.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: anniebc 6/23/2021 6:26:12 AM (No. 823830)
It depends on how ripe is the watermelon and how good is the fried chicken. My paternal granddad grew the best watermelons, and my maternal grandmother made the best fried chicken in all of down-eastern North Carolina. They are both Southern staples for sure. Racist? Nah! never.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: jj1319 6/23/2021 6:41:47 AM (No. 823839)
Red meat or yellow meat? Those that know realize the difference.
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Reply 25 - Posted by: chance_232 6/23/2021 6:45:16 AM (No. 823842)
If white people eat it, its racist. If its a traditional food "assaciated" with blacks, then its cultural appropriation and racists for whites to consume. Here's the deal. Everything developed, built, invented etc by whites is racist. If your white, you are privileged and racist by virtue of birth. All of your symbols, traditions and beliefs are racist. That's where we are today. Do we push back, or take it like an elected republican?
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Reply 26 - Posted by: F15 Gork 6/23/2021 7:46:09 AM (No. 823911)
Fried Chicken, ribs, baked beans, coleslaw, corn on the cob, cornbread, grits, and watermelon are all Southern delicacies. Heck, I liked watermelon so much growing up that my birthday cake was a big slice of melon with candles stuck in it. Get a grip clowns. You’ll have to pry my watermelon from my cold dead hands....
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Reply 27 - Posted by: skacmar 6/23/2021 7:50:36 AM (No. 823924)
It was only racist because Ikea did it. If they ignored Juneteenth they would also have been racist. Some people are never happy.
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Reply 28 - Posted by: udanja99 6/23/2021 8:25:00 AM (No. 823974)
I grew up in the Deep South in the 50’s and 60’s and was raised on fried chicken, greens, watermelon, black-eyed peas, corn bread, fried okra and everything else that is now considered to be “soul food”. Everyone ate those things and many still do (except for the northern transplants), not just blacks.
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Reply 29 - Posted by: worried 6/23/2021 8:25:16 AM (No. 823975)
#18, how many do you think know what you are referring to with your comment? Or who Mr. Interlocutor was? I remember way back when!
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Reply 30 - Posted by: lakerman1 6/23/2021 8:50:40 AM (No. 824012)
The final paragraph in the article is incorrect. Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, issued in 1863, freed the slaves in Confederate states, not northern states. Lincoln believed that southern slaves would revolt against their owners. They did not. Lincoln was wrong. But it took a constitutional amendment - the 13th, I believe - to free all slaves. I expect accuracy from Fox.
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Reply 31 - Posted by: Strike3 6/23/2021 9:00:16 AM (No. 824029)
That's hilarious. There's not a white person alive that does not like fried chicken and watermelon. Next thing you know, shoe stores will have to stop selling Nikes.
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Reply 32 - Posted by: Laotzu 6/23/2021 9:06:42 AM (No. 824047)
All stereotype is based in truth.
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Reply 33 - Posted by: AltaD 6/23/2021 10:53:21 AM (No. 824164)
How did they not know this would cause trouble? Decades ago Fuzzy Zoeller lost a sponsorship (maybe more than one) after he suggested a similar menu for Tiger Woods' celebratory dinner. Sergio Garcia also made a crack about fried chicken that got him in trouble.
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Reply 34 - Posted by: mean Gene 6/24/2021 8:30:51 AM (No. 824926)
In mixed neighborhood markets, over many decades, I've watched as blacks have bought watermelon at a much higher rate than their white neighbors. Yet, in their now re-written history, blacks HATE watermelon! Yup. They were forced to eat it by their mean slave owners back in the day. Sure, some black believes that. Leftists and their new version of "history," mystify me.
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