A student group at Drake University in Des Moines has expressed concern over the menu at a campus dinner intended to celebrate Black History Month.
Tess Montgomery, president of the Coalition of Black Students, says some African-American students felt embarrassed and patronized by a Wednesday night dinner menu that included fried chicken and collard greens. Montgomery says the menu perpetuated offensive stereotypes.
The school said in a statement that the meal was planned by Drake's food services provider Sodexo without input from the campus community. The statement called the dinner a well-intentioned effort, but inappropriate and misguided. Sodexo has apologized and is planning a second dinner with the student group.