Questlove, drummer for The Roots and all-around well-respected guy, came upon something curious in the NBC cafeteria. As anyone with a camera phone and a point to make would do, he took to the Internet and posted the following photo on his twitpic account [via mediaite and Mike Riggs]:
A picture says 1,000 words, and with all the words crammed into this picture, it says a whole lot about NBC’s utter ignorance at the fact that they would never consider that someone would get upset by celebrating Black History Month through a stereotype in the company’s cafeteria. Congrats to NBC for setting the bar so low in the oddest way possible.
Sigh. I think we need to get Tracy Jordan and Liz Lemon on this pronto.
Seems like just yesterday we were outraged at somebody else for serving “stereotype food”.
Do they have separate lines in the cafeteria as well? One for whites and one for coloreds? Maybe the staff can put on their black face and do a little shuck and jive while they serve food.
Definitely absurd, but it’s not like it’s a decision coming down from on high at NBC. We had soul food night at college run by the black student union; greens and chicken and even Kool-Aid and watermelon in the summer. Got a similar deal at my current workplace. This is indistinguishable from menus at NYC soul food restaurants. My best guess would be that the NBC cafeteria has a black chef who wanted to have some fun and not that this is the work of NBC HR’s diversity training crew.