Racially insensitive Black History Month menu at NYU

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"As beverage choices today, there was red Koolaid and watermelon flavored water", explained NYU student Nia Harris in a now viral Facebook post. Victoria Pasquale, the food service company's regional vice president, said one of its employees ignored company protocol by not consulting anyone before running the menu. "You note that this is stereotypical, but you decide not to make a big deal". You take a breath.

A student at NYU called out the school after racially insensitive items were placed on the menu during Black History Month. "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".

NYU President Andrew Hamilton blamed caterer Aramark, according to the New York Post.

"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 wrote.

Aramark has fired two employees that made the menu decisions.

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It issued an apology to the entire NYU community and "communities everywhere" for the employees' "insensitive and offensive actions". "But its also very important that we had to publicize it in order to put the pressure on them to do the right thing, because I feel like had I not publicized it, this could have gone a little bit differently".

Harris said that in addition to their studies, black students have to do "extra work" teaching sensitivity and respect.

While the employees certainly should have been reprimanded, firing them was rather drastic. However, management is also responsible for not confirming that the proper steps were taken before moving forward with the menu. Other events include a Presentation & Panel with honored veterans discussing "African Americans in Wartime" and the 2nd Annual "Talented 10th Poetry Slam" Spoken Word Competition.

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