Ikea Under Fire For Juneteenth Menu Offering Fried Chicken And Watermelon

Written by on June 22, 2021

A Georgia Ikea retailer has apologized for its effort to honor Juneteenth with a menu that included dishes related to racist stereotypes about Black Individuals.

The Atlanta department of the European furnishings large reportedly emailed employees Friday about its plan to commemorate the annual vacation, which marks the long-delayed arrival of stories about enslaved folks’s emancipation in Texas in 1865.

The lunch menu included objects like fried rooster, watermelon, mac ‘n’ cheese, and collard greens, staff advised Atlanta station CBS46.

Roughly 20 staff walked off the job to protest the menu, an Ikea spokesperson stated in an announcement to The Impartial.

“To honor the day, a lunch menu was created with the most effective of intentions, together with suggestions from black co-workers,” the assertion learn. “We bought it mistaken and we sincerely apologize.” 

A number of nameless staff advised CBS46 the menu was racially insensitive and ignorant.

“You can not say serving watermelon on Juneteenth is a soul meals menu once you don’t even know the historical past; they used to feed slaves watermelon throughout the slave time,” one employee advised the station.

“It brought about lots of people to be upset. Individuals really wished to stop, folks weren’t coming again to work.”

Workers members additionally accused Ikea of making the menu with out consulting any Black staff, although the retailer claims it did get suggestions from some Black employees.

Following backlash, the shop supervisor issued an apology and revised the menu. Nonetheless, staff charged that the unique dishes have been nonetheless out there the day after the vacation.

“They simply delayed the menu by a day. Pondering that everybody who was upset by the Juneteenth menu stayed residence on Juneteenth and wouldn’t discover, which simply added insult to harm,” a employees member advised CBS46.

The revised Juneteenth menu reportedly included collard greens, cornbread, mashed potatoes and meatloaf.

The Ikea spokesperson stated the chain would work to make sure the vacation was commemorated extra thoughtfully subsequent time.

“We worth our co-workers’ voices and altered the menu after receiving suggestions that the meals that have been chosen aren’t reflective of the deeply significant conventional meals traditionally served as a part of Juneteenth celebrations,” the spokesperson stated.

“We’re dedicated to educating ourselves and placing a course of in place that may enable us to thoughtfully honor Juneteenth sooner or later.”

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