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Fried Chicken and Paczki in the Trib today

Mike G | Feb 12, 200208:52 AM

I'm going to post a letter I sent to the editor of the Tribune today. A black clolumnist named Leonard Pitts wrote a column about a store in Pennsylvania that got in trouble for offering fried chicken on sale "in honor of Black History Month."

Pitts takes this as racist and highly insensitive. I'm not so sure (it might also just be giving your customer base what it wants), and I'm pretty sure what this country doesn't need is a politically correct approach to ethnic cuisine. Anyway, here's my letter:

Leonard Pitts' account of the grocery store which insulted its black customers by putting fried chicken on sale during Black History Month was a timely reminder of how we must be ever-vigilant against even accidental incidents of racism, and respond to them with the full force of our indignation. Zero tolerance is hardly strong enough in such cases.

And so it's in that spirit that I must call for the resignation of John Kass, who in the very same issue of the Tribune bitterly slanders the Polish people by suggesting that they consume a lot of paczki before Lent.

Clearly, the notion of ethnic cuisine is the next barrier we must overcome to reach our goal of a race-blind and palate-neutral society.

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