Oh, this is a tough one. Black people, we love fried chicken but when others put it in our face that we do…

So the Food Network wanted to continue their streak of tasty holiday recipes. Since we are now celebrating Kwanzaa, what better way to do that than fried chicken, right?

Well, they did, and it caused a bit of an uproar — in white people. Check out the rest of the tweets on Buzzfeed.

Buzzfeed also points out that Better Homes and Gardens explains, goes into what a real Kwanzaa celebration meal:

For your Kwanzaa meal, try African creole, Cajun catfish, jerk chicken, or Groundnut stew, a tasty dish from West Africa. For your side we’ve got many traditional Kwanzaa recipes, including Jollof rice, collard greens, Kwanzaa slaw, grits, beans and rice, and okra. End your Kwanzaa dinner with a traditional Kwanzaa dessert. Ambrosia, coconut cake, sweet potato bars, and mango pound cake all offer sweet finishes to your holiday evening.

Here’s the thing: In this day and age, where you have the Internet (and you work for a website, i.e., it takes nothing to Google “traditional Kwanzaa food” to get a plethora of options of what to make for a Kwanzaa meal. I did, and I found this website. They gave recipes, plus more, similar to the Better Homes and Gardens.

I think it’s fine that Food Network wants to put up Kwanzaa recipes (Kraft did this too with a fried chicken and also BBQ recipe). It is still a relatively new holiday that most people do not seem to celebrate, but with sensitivity to it, more research needs to be done.

Do you think the Food Network’s recipe page was racist?


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