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Stereotypical “’Black meals” were served on tables featuring cotton-stalk centerpieces to African-American college students during a recent event hosted by a Tennessee university administrator, provoking outrage, the New York Daily News reports.

The dinner was held to “give African-American students the opportunity to discuss their experiences” at the predominantly white Lipscomb University, President Randy Lowry said. However, the move backfired and attendees were confronted by “uncomfortable” and painful reminders of what African-Americans endured during slavery at Lowry’s Nashville home on Friday.

The tables’ unique choice of decorations, accompanied by menus that included cornbread, collard greens and macaroni and cheese, were offensive, one student named Nakayla wrote in a lengthy Instagram post.

When asked about the reason for the vases with stalks of cotton, Lowry told students that the stalks were “fallish,” the New York Daily News reports.

“Then he [Lowry] said, ‘It isn’t inherently bad if were (sic) all wearing it,’ then walked off,” Nakayla wrote about Lowry’s response.

The centerpieces were added for the dinner with Black students following another meal held for Latino students on Sept. 14, Nakayla also wrote on Instagram. Those students were served tacos during their dinner with the president, the report says.

Lowry later apologized for the tone-deaf display following backlash on social media, USA Today reports.

The incident brings to mind issues surrounding how white privilege plays into student and administrators’ interactions on college campuses across the nation. With the aid of social media, Black students are speaking out about these incidents without apology.

PHOTO: Lipscomb.edu

SOURCE: New York Daily NewsUSA Today

 

Predominantly White University Has Dinner For African-American Students That Goes Very Wrong was originally published on newsone.com

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3 thoughts on “Predominantly White University Has Dinner For African-American Students That Goes Very Wrong

  1. Those centerpieces weren’t offensive. Just ugly. My sister and a couple of other people I know have them. They got them at Michael’s. Just ugly. And as for the menu, it wouldn’t hurt my feelings to sit down to some collards, cornbread and mac and cheese. I’d be willing to bet my forty acres and a mule that these same people eat this type of food on the regular. If I invite people to my house for dinner, I try my best to serve what my guests like. By the same token, if I went to someone’s house for dinner and was served a plate of bloody beef or a pile of tofu, I wouldn’t touch it. You are never going to please people who are intent on being displeased, no matter what you do.

  2. specialt757 on said:

    Okay let me tell y’all something, I don’t believe none of this shit. Because if this happened the way they said it did, then we are living in a country were white devils don’t even recognize their own hatred as hatred. That also means that white devils feel as though they are justified in their treatment of non-whites. It clearly means that white devils are so fucking ignorant and self-absorbed that they don’t even know what they are doing is ABSOLUTELY wrong. So wait, this shit did happen.

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