How did the racist fried chicken stereotype come about? What is the true history behind Black experiences with this poultry dish? By partaking in several engaging activities/discussions and analyzing a wide variety of primary and secondary sources, students will come to recognize the foolishness of Black jokes about fried chicken and appreciate the culinary heritage and entrepreneurship of African Americans throughout the years.
During this unit, students will complete many tasks, including the following:
1) An entry event that asks students to consider the recent controversial decision by a school to serve fried chicken for Black History Month.
2) Research various historical sources that reveal what enslaved African Americans actually ate.
3) Watch a brief video clip of the Birth of a Nation and determine what stereotypes about Blacks this famous movie depicts.
4) Analyze within groups a variety of primary source Jim Crow images and artifacts that reveal false, racist beliefs about the fried chicken-African American connection.
5) Individually read pertinent historical sources and gather textual evidence about the true history of Black experiences and uses of chicken.
6) Formulate an evidence-based, written or video taped message that they can use in the event a friend or classmate uses a fried chicken joke.
And many more activities and extension resources included!