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NYU served ‘racially insensitive’ Black History Month meal

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NEW YORK UNIVERSITY has caused controversy for serving up a “Black History Month” meal at one of its dining halls — including watermelon-flavored water and collard greens.

According to the New York Post, College of Arts and Science sophomore Nia Harris wrote on Facebook that she was shocked to learn what was on the menu Tuesday (Feb 20) at the Weinstein Passport Dining Hall on University Place.

“This is what it’s like to be a black student at New York University…” she wrote. “In 2018, I literally had to explain why displaying watermelon and koolaid in celebration of Black History Month was not only racially insensitive but just ignorant.”

“I’ve wanted to go to NYU since I was in 7th grade, and it breaks my heart that at this allegedly “diverse” and “global” institution, black students are faced with issues like this one,” she wrote.

Harris also attached a letter she sent to the school’s dining services and the deans of the university asking for a public apology.

NYU President Andrew Hamilton released a statement expressing shock over the “inexcusably insensitive” menu, before claiming that the school’s food distributor, Aramark, were to blame.

“We were shocked to learn of the drink and food choices that our food service provider — Aramark — offered at the Weinstein dining hall as part of Black History Month,” Hamilton said in a statement to Washington Square News.

“It was inexcusably insensitive. That error was compounded by the insensitivity of the replies made to a student who asked Aramark staff on site how the choices were made.”

Aramark suspended the director of the dining hall, said it was investigating how the incident happened and will be putting sensitivity training in place for its staff.

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