So this happens every year. Somebody puts soul food on a menu on MLK day. And the usual suspects (race pimps) get Officially Offended.
I’m not on the same page as the Official Offendees. But here’s what I don’t get. Why doesn’t black America embrace soul food as it’s ethnic food?
Black Americans embrace the idea of being an ethnicity. What other ethnicity doesn’t have an ethnic food style? We have Moroccan food. We have Caribbean food. We have Mexican food. Why can’t we have black food? More importantly, why do black people seem to not want a black food?
I know that the old fried chicken and watermelon jokes are hurtful and were intended to shame all the way back to the minstrel show days. But why is it that a group where the cry to take the n-word back is common (and not universal, I know, yadda yadda) runs from the idea of an ethnic food style?
If you’re going to be saddled with an ethnic food style, you damn sure could do worse than soul food. I’ve had several kinds of African food and some authentic Asian foods, and I’ll take chicken and waffles any day over them.
Besides, if you think that hillbillies are still racist, wouldn’t you want to rub it in their face that everyone thinks that the fried chicken and cornbread that they love is n- food?