NYU Served 'Kool-Aid and Watermelon Water' During Black History Month

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The student took to social media and NYU President Andrew Hamilton quickly denounced the menu, calling it "inexcusably insensitive".

Later in her email, which she posted to Facebook, she noted, "Obviously the negative racial connotation and history of Koolaid and watermelon is why I took it upon myself to write to you today".

"In response, Aramark has suspended the director of Weinstein dining, is investigating how this happened, will be putting in place sensitivity training for staff, and has rightly issued an apology", the NYU President stated on the school's website.

Hamilton said the university did not approve of the food choices.

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The catering company, Aramark, fired the two employees after it was revealed they had violated its policies requiring consultation with student leadership and campus cultural organizations for special events.

As we celebrate the premiere of Black Panther with all its attractive Blackness along with the news that Sade will be making a musical appearance in A Wrinkle In Time, Black History month is being interrupted with some disturbing news.

And Aramark, while taking the blame for the incident, wrote that the individual in charge of the meal acted independently and counter to the vendor's values, as well as to Aramark's long-standing "commitment to diversity and inclusion".

The statement went on to say: "We are extremely disappointed by this regrettable situation and apologize to the entire NYU community and communities everywhere for their insensitive and offensive actions". And in November, author Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) came under fire after joking about the fact that Jacqueline Woodson, a National Book Award victor who is black, is allergic to watermelon. "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".

"The burden of teaching people how to be respectful to us is falling on us", she said.

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