Atlanta Ikea Accused of Racism for Serving Fried Chicken And Watermelon on Juneteenth


By Cassandra Fairbanks

An Ikea in Atlanta, Georgia is being accused of racism for serving fried chicken and watermelon for Juneteenth.

In an email sent to employees on Friday, the Swedish retail giant said that they would be celebrating the holiday and offering a special menu that included items like fried chicken, watermelon, mac ‘n’ cheese, and collard greens.

Employees were offended by the menu items, which they said are associated with black stereotypes, and went to local news station CBS 46 with their complaints.

“They sent the menu to us in emails,” an anonymous employee told the station. Another said, “you cannot say serving watermelon on Juneteenth is a soul food menu when you don’t even know the history, they used to feed slaves watermelon during the slave time.”

Another employee said that “it caused a lot of people to be upset. People actually wanted to quit, people weren’t coming back to work.” Part of their outrage, they say, is that no black employees were involved in creating the menu.

A whopping 33 people called in sick and did not go to work that day, according to their report.

The employees say that there was so much internal backlash that the manager replied in an email saying, “I truly apologize the menu came off subjective.”

The new menu featured collard greens, corn bread, mashed potatoes and meatloaf.

The store manager told employees and CBS46 that the menu changed after the concerns were raised, but employees said, “They just delayed the menu by a day. Thinking that everyone who was upset by the Juneteenth menu stayed home on Juneteenth and wouldn’t notice, which just added insult to injury.”

One of the employees sent a photo of what was served “fried chicken, mac and cheese, collard greens,” they pointed out.

The store manager has apologized for getting the menu wrong.

“We value our co-workers’ voices and changed the menu after receiving feedback that the foods that were selected are not reflective of the deeply meaningful traditional foods historically served as part of Juneteenth celebrations,” a spokesperson said in a statement obtained by Huff Post. “We are committed to educating ourselves and putting a process in place that will allow us to thoughtfully honor Juneteenth in the future.”

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18 responses to “Atlanta Ikea Accused of Racism for Serving Fried Chicken And Watermelon on Juneteenth”

  1. ACBurson says:

    Damn people are sensitive. They want to be a victim anyway they can. 🤡🌏

  2. Cat_R_Pillar says:

    “They sent the menu to us in emails,” an anonymous employee told the station. Another said, “you cannot say serving watermelon on Juneteenth is a soul food menu when you don’t even know the history, they used to feed slaves watermelon during the slave time.”

    I bet they used to give them water too… so you’re pretty much a white supremacist if you drink water

  3. Marigold8 says:

    Pretty sure that Georgia grows more watermelons than any other state. This is an appropriate and yummy menu for the region no matter the day. The Woke take the fun out of everything.

  4. Devilsgun says:

    There’s no winning with Woketards when you play along to get along. They’re going to have to be practically dismantled at the cellular level to eliminate their cancerous shit now

  5. Hampton says:

    Lol 🤡 🌎

  6. Another Beer says:

    I bet the employees that were upset were white, and that black employees were probably cracking up that corporate would be that stupid!

  7. Ric69420 says:

    Kek

  8. CrispyBacon says:

    Regardless of race, who the heck doesn’t like fried chicken, watermelon and mac n’ cheese?

    I’m sure if Ikea decided to serve something else, like spaghetti and meatballs, they would have had a tantrum anyways because the menu was overlooking the importance of Juneteenth or serving the food of white people on this high holy day. You can’t win with these professional victims

  9. Rundelle23 says:

    I’m a 53yr old white woman and I don’t know what the problem is, I love all that food on the menu, fried chicken, collard greens, watermelon, yummy. How is any of this racist!

  10. Shag773 says:

    We had this at a work holiday party about 15 years ago. It was brought from home by an employee that happened to be black. It’s an issue today because progressives reintroduced racial disparities.

    As an aside, that party was the first time I had collared greens. I loved them, we have it at dinner at least a few times a month. Terrible right smh..

  11. Freshestpatriot says:

    Ill bet $10 bucks its a bunch of air headed college kids who have some serious internalized racist thoughts projecting onto the world

  12. riien87 says:

    Who makes these decisions? No one in their management gave any thought to how this might come off?

  13. This shows just how twisted and out of touch EVERYONE is. Everyone is afraid to say shit even when they step in it.
    I’m someone who knows little enough about the holiday but all too much about prior reparation attempts and even ‘ebonics’ that I do not know how to even take juneteenth (such a sloppy title even for something made just to placate).
    The establishment is so corrupt and out of touch and the ‘sheeple’ are so diluted that there is no hope for what has been and society as a whole needs to find a way of pulling our heads out of our collected asses…
    Racism is rampant and not at all what the ‘mainstream ‘ is claiming. I’m pretty much convinced evil masterminds have poisoned our social structure

  14. This shows just how twisted and out of touch EVERYONE is. Everyone is afraid to say shit even when they step in it.
    I’m someone who knows little enough about the holiday but all too much about prior reparation attempts and even ‘ebonics’ that I do not know how to even take juneteenth (such a sloppy title even for something made just to placate).
    The establishment is so corrupt and out of touch and the ‘sheeple’ are so diluted that there is no hope for what has been and society as a whole needs to find a way of pulling our heads out of our collected asses…

  15. 51773 says:

    This is really good reporting, it would be great if Tim pool kept the promises he made in the launch video of the record breaking SCNR / Subverse wefunder and delivered this kind of reporting there as well. Maybe then all those investors wouldn’t feel like they were lied to.

  16. JRizzo says:

    How dare they serve food that 85% of Americans love and enjoy!

  17. Goon_Fishing671 says:

    Lol 😆

  18. ZeroSigma says:

    Bahahahahahahaha.. thats all ill say about that