*slowly puts down plate of fried chicken & collard greens * Wait a second...


I'm sweating now. Made some delicious buttermilk fried chicken, cornbread, and collard greens from my garden with bacon and spicy vinegar last night. Did not even make the connection...


As it should be. You should be able to eat delicious food without thinking about racists.


Yeah, you know who else likes those foods? Everyone. They're good foods. Such a stupid line to draw, even for racists. Edit: Some comments below make me feel the need to acknowledge that certain foods, specifically these, have a significant context in black history and culture. So don't mistake me for saying historically black foods don't exist, that's white-washey. It's the idea of ridiculing a group for creating and enjoying something so good nobody in their right mind would dislike it that's stupid.


>All these years, I thought I liked chicken because it was delicious. Turns out I'm genetically predisposed—


Instantly what my mind goes to as well. I'll never not hear Dave doing that racist white guy behind the counter. "The Chicken!" "Wtf!?" "That man was absolutely correct, I did, in fact, want to order some chicken."


Can’t remember laughing as hard as I did when I heard that Chappelle bit on fried chicken… well, maybe I laughed harder when I read that ridiculous sign on the Maine restaurant!


I'm Asian and love fried chicken😁


Those human genes ...


Collard genes


Totally underrated comment!


Korean fried chicken is probably the best I've ever had.


Dammit, now I want BonChon wings


“Everybody knew as soon as you walked through the god damned door you were gonna get some chicken. It is secret down here that blacks and chicken are quite found of one another”


"Look at him. He loves it!"


Just like the Encyclopedia says !


He says…”Come on, fella…”. Ha ha!


As a straight white man, can concur. Good food is awesome.


Just wait until you hear about how watermelon became a racist trope.... [History of Watermelon Trope](https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/12/how-watermelons-became-a-racist-trope/383529/)


You mean you don't like to eat Chinese-Japanese Fusion cuisine while thinking about the Rape of Nanking?


Not gonna lie, you had me in the first half.


You think I can get a plate next time?


The proper southern terminology is: “Can you fix me a plate?”


I'm fixin to make you a plate.


Can yall fix me a plate


Ask mama and them.


All this time I thought I loved fried chicken because it was delicious. Turns out I'm genetically predisposed to loving chicken! (Stolen, can't remember which comedian said that)




Unless this is a government or bank, no one made them close.


https://www.reddit.com/r/Maine/comments/vh1ko7/this_was_posted_in_the_window_of_a_millinocket/?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share It's an insurance agency so nobody made them close at all.


It's a state holiday for Maine and a federal holiday. They may have erroneously perceived being a state holiday meant they had to pay employees time-and-a-half and rage quit.


Even if that was the case they certainly didn't need to announce their displeasure so publicly. They're either cheapskate and shitty bosses, racist, or both. Not a good look regardless.


The last sentence is the racist part. Non-racist cheapskates don't write that.


>The last sentence is the racist part. Non-racist cheapskates don't write that. They intended it to be racist, but joke's on them. Fried chicken and collard greens are delicious. So I WILL be enjoying them, tvm.


Yeah it's like people who joke that black people like watermelon.... Who doesn't??


As a member of the black delegation , I do not like watermelon. And I’m a vegan so we just gonna nix the fried chicken debate too


I'm pretty sure you're the first person I've talked to that doesn't like watermelon! Can I ask why?


>Follow I don't like watermelon either. the texture and flavor both weird me out. I can't explain why.


Don't discourage them. All these racist cunts have been hiding for years. Now, after Trump, they are loud and proud. Now we don't have to weed them out. They just self report


It upsets me how brazen they are but at the same time I appreciate them for not wasting my time as we all have a limited time on this space rock and I'd rather not spend it with shitheads if it all possible


Well said, merpderpherpburp.


Insurance Agents, the whitest job in America.


buh buh what about Jake from Statefarm?????


I have no clue why, and I've gone back and stared trying to figure it out, but I thought this was a Dairy Queen.


If the insurance agent also trades in bonds or mutual funds they probably we're too stupid to check the NYSE holiday calendar to see the new holiday and had a piss party about it.


That’s 100% a report to the state insurance board. The sign is absolutely illegal for a licensed insurance agent.


We Mainers absolutely TANKED their google reviews to the point they turned them off lmfao. Went from 5 stars to 1 in about 90 minutes


Maybe their employees didn’t show up and they were mad about it.


So they decide take it out on black people? How ignorant and low. especially towards a holiday for black people. that’s literally historical liberation.


They have black people in Maine? ETA: downvote all you want, but I was only half joking. As of the 2020 census: https://i.imgur.com/7v5OKU6.png


Lmao as someone who lives in Maine he ain’t wrong


I remember hearing an anecdote about there being more black bears in Maine than there are black people.


And whatever number you get, subtract three from that. Me and some homies were just visiting and might have been inadvertently included in the count.


Why, genuinely asking, is every line on that graph in terms of Hispanic or not? And hide Hispanic is selected? What's that all about? Just curious, since everyone is mad now...


I looked it up, it’s a big chain insurance company franchise type thing, so I’m guessing corporate or whatever/however that works told him he’d have to be closed on Juneteenth


How you going to get the day off and still be hateful?




More like r/iamatotalpieceofshit


Fried chicken and collard greens are delicious.


I agree, statement was rich with stereotypes but I wish my belly was full of Fried Chicken right now.


Idk why liking fried chicken became a racist thing. That and watermelon. Like who tf doesn't like fried chicken & watermelon?


Watermelon was to do with freed black slaves farming the crop. No idea about the chicken though, I feel like most cultures have some sort of fried chicken.


If I remember correctly, chicken was one of the only livestock slaves were allowed to keep and fried chicken is just an easy and tasty way to prepare it.


Chicken was also traditionally a poor persons meat too (mostly why in english the meat has the same name as the animal) Theyre quick to breed and and grow and eat scraps and dont need much space


Depends on the period. In the past chicken was a rich man’s food as the poor preferred to get the eggs from grown up hens (male chickens were sold to feed the rich). On the other hand oysters were considered a poor man’s food and so was caviar, lobster, etc.


In Argentina chicken is considered a more extravagant meat than beef as well.




Freed slaves would keep chickens and grow watermelons because they didn't have the startup capital to plant grain or keep cattle and if they somehow did nobody would sell to them because racism


I mean the only stereotype I understood it as was southern food. Man my mouth is straight watering for some collards and fried chicken. There is nothing like the taste of that. And sopping up the collard juice with some biscuit. That ain’t black or white.. that’s just plain southern livin. Butter beans. Black eye peas. Bread n butter. Sliced ham. Damn near every dinner I had when I was a kid every week like clock work. Owner of the shop clearly is ignorant of a lot of things.


Yeah, I wondered why when I got in the Navy all the food that was “black food” was the normal stuff I grew up eating. Come to find out, the rest of the country only associated good food with soul food joints in the black diaspora in the Midwest and New England area. In NC, we all eat the same stuff, with the exception of chitterlings.


Yeah, as an outsider looking in to American racism, making black stereotypes about fried chicken, watermelon, grape soda etc is ridiculous. Have you had those things? They're amazing.


It's like when they insult Mexicans with tacos and beans, bitch I love refried bean tacos, with queso and salsa.


Yeah, I remember that MAGA guy promised us a taco truck on every corner! EVERY CORNER!! I can only think of, like, 3 taco truck corners in town. Where are the REST of my promised taco trucks? \*grumbles\* The occasional Mariachi band would be nice, too.


I am prepared to let the taco truck park in my driveway to avoid parking issues on my street. You're welcome, neighbors.


I would die of a heart attack in like a month if there were street tacos on every corner. A man only has so much willpower . . .


Right? I never understood the stereotype. Like of course black people like fried chicken and collard greens, EVERYONE loves those. Edit: lots of good responses. It's interesting to learn the historical context to these foods and their association to black culture and racism in America. That all being said, it is an outdated racist stereotype that doesn't make any sense when used today. Racism is dumb.


Actual answer: its an old sterotype based on some bullshit. >when slaves won their emancipation during the Civil War. Free black people grew, ate, and sold watermelons, and in doing so made the fruit a symbol of their freedom. Southern whites, threatened by blacks’ newfound freedom, responded by making the fruit a symbol of black people’s perceived uncleanliness, laziness, childishness, and unwanted public presence. This racist trope then exploded in American popular culture Similar story with chicken and collard greens. It's stuff newly-free slaves grew/farmed to become self-sufficient, so of course racist folks mocked them for it.


Table manners and diet were a way to deem if someone was respectable (still kind of prominent now). Watermelon you typically eat with your hands but the way "black people" eat it is considered dirty. Chicken was one of the few sources of meat that slaves/ recently free people could obtain, which made it a staple of black cuisine. Source: am black and have heard my family's personal accounts


It's actually a stereotype from racist northerners. I'm black and was curious about it a whole ago and looked it up. Fried chicken and watermelon don't go bad quickly and are really mobile. After emancipation, people traveled the country trying to reunite their enslaved and sold family members (the great migration). Many headed north to reunite, and brought these foods with them. Black women would also sell chicken in bulk at train stops to fund their next ticket. They were relatively unfamiliar to new englanders, so the stereotype started, and then spread from there. Tl;dr: the chicken and watermelon stereotype is to us as the "gas station" stereotype is to Indian Americans.


Before watermelon it was pumpkins. I can't remember the source now, but for a class I read some guys journal from the 1700s, and his reason for supporting slavery was that if you freed the blacks, they'd just use land to grow pumpkins. Thing was, that was based on the small subsistence lots that enslaved folks had for themselves. Of course they grew something that took easily and that they could eat. Like you expect them to have been growing more tobacco in their garden? Racist brains will really warp themselves to justify what they already believe.


Do black people eat watermelon differently than white people, or are you saying because you eat watermelon with your hands it's considered dirty?


[An old classic](https://youtu.be/DVGWIsvcL6s) to give some context lol. Be yourself. Don’t let anyone else tell you how to eat your fuckin food.


They started because newly freed slaves started businesses that specialized in it. So they made cartoons and maudville qcts in blackpaint eating watermelons to put a negative connection to it.


Those blacks always liking food that is good


Not when served with a stereotype.


We were open today, I wish we were closed.


That's what I say everyday


Imagine being so racist you’re mad you had a day off…….


It blows my fucking mind and there is zero logic behind it


Not gonna lie, I haven't eaten today and now I am insanely hungry for fried chicken and collared greens.


Broooooo, I like when they got a HUGE collar, you know? Gimme them *turtleneck* greens, dawg.


I like the upturned collar, like Fonzie Greens


Theo, is that you?


Maine is the whitest state in the nation at 94.4% white, only 1.7% Black or African American.




No, there are a few black people in millinocket, not many, but there’s still a few.


I was going to "well acksually" because there were roughly 8 in 2010. The numbers I found for 2020 says 0.00%. So you are most likely correct.


As a POC from mass who has visited Millinocket a few times, I can confirm 100% that there is no blacks in this small town


How did everyone figure out this was Millinocket?


I’m from Maine so I follow the Maine subreddit. The original post was there and OP said the name and location of the business.


Are people review bombing this place yet?


I grew up there. Can confirm. I lived in the very liberal, southern part of the state in a little beach town. The only black people were a handful of kids that a white family adopted.


There's more black bears than black people in Maine


I'll add that where this happened was wayyyyy up north in Maine, Shitkickerville, where there are like no black people. Southern Maine is completely different and isn't nearly as ignorant.


Yeah people that have never lived in Maine don’t quite understand the nuance. Most of the Northern Maine population shares a closer resemblance to the Southern U.S. than to Southern Maine.


The further north you go, the more southern it gets. Applies to NY state too


Canada as well. Northerners are our “southerners” when comparing politics and opinions with American southerners


It cost them nothing at all to not say this


Why would anyone type it, print it, and stick it on their window? I know that thinking isn't really their strong point but why would you risk your business by doing that?


Seriously. That’s what I was thinking. They went out of their way to hurt themselves


They see this as beneficial to show that they support the cause that they believe every white person around them supports. And in Maine, there are lot of white people


I feel like folks like this are not o ly fueled by hate and fear, but genuinely believe that everyone else agrees with them deep down.


A chunk of them do, for sure. I always feel gross being with a group of people who are also white, and they say some racist shit thinking I must agree with it because I am white too. Fuck racists.


Yeah I've had this kind of not fruitful argument as well about people "deep down" agreeing with them. Best thing you can do is say to them, "Well at least now you've met one person who abso-fucking-loutely does NOT agree with you at all".


Im white with a thick southern accent and covered in tattoos and it's baffling how casually racist people are around me, assuming I'm one of them.


the whole "silent majority' thing was a great call to arms for all the racists assholes.


This happened to me yesterday at the post office. Some people (myself included) forgot that it would be closed. When a white woman asked why, I told her about the new Juneteenth federal holiday and she laughed. As we were in line for the automated kiosk, she kept telling people who asked and snickering while doing so. Felt so uncomfortable


Ugh, call them all out. Please. If they don't understand the meaning of the holiday, they can Google it


So they can feel smug self-satisfaction when someone breaks their window because of their racist bullshit


If they added watermelon, that would be the racist trifecta.


Don’t forget kool-aid


Grape soda


Grape drink


Purple drink


Tussin. Chris rock said you know you’re black when your mom breaks out the tussin to fix your sprained ankle. I’m native… same goes for the rez kids! We too have purple drink- good shit!




I want some of that purple stuff


What the fuck is juice?


Sugar water purple


Genuinely asking, why is kool-aid one of the racist stereotypes?


Let em show their true colors




*with a thin blue line


Can someone explain this to me? I am not from the states.


Juneteenth (June 19) is a holiday that recently gained recognition across the states for the black slaves being freed. This person claims not to care about what the holiday is about at all, but then says whoever happens to be celebrating it can go off and eat their well-known racist 'black food' stereotypes.


Thank you.


I was today years old when I (in Japan) learned what Juneteenth was - just now, because I had no idea what this was about. Then, I immediately understood the second half of the note... and get why it's mildly infuriating... Or more. Totally lame little feeling of whiplash. \*also just found out collard greens are a thing.


Dont worry, we are both (germany here) today days old to learn about it. I also didnt understand why someone would be told to enjoy his meal when the place is closed until i understood it might be some racist crap...


Same from italy lol


What a happy reunion between you three


I.. uh.. fuck




Now just don’t get any ideas 🔫


Funniest thing I’ve read all week ngl lmao


It's more than mildly infuriating, it's incredibly racist. I think this sub is just the catch-all for things that are infuriating For anybody who doesn't know what Juneteenth is it's the celebration of slaves in Texas being brought news that they were finally free from slavery


My understanding is that the Union forces took that part of Texas so then the slaves were “actually” free. They had to have known of the emancipation but they couldn’t exactly do anything about it until the confederates we’re forced out.


Oh, I totally agree. I used mildly infuriating only in reference to the name of this subreddit. It's incredibly racist.


What does it mean???11


It's a U.S. federal holiday commemorating the day the last major slave plantations were liberated on June 19th, 1865. Private businesses aren't even required to close.


June 19th 1865 was when Union soldiers showed up in Galveston, Texas to enforce the 13th Amendment and make sure everyone knew that slavery had ended. The Civil War had ended two months prior to that, and everyone KNEW slaves were free, but Texas was being Texas, and the the military had to show up to enforce the law.


A bit pedantic but the 13th amendment was only ratified in December 1865 (ending slavery in the slave states that had chose not to secede). For Juneteenth the soldiers were enforcing the Emancipation Proclamation which freed slaves in all territories occupied by Northern soldiers.


It's a stereotype that black people enjoy fried chicken and collard greens


Yeah I had to Google it aswell




As a southern white boy, I can tell him that the collared greens go better with ham or pork roast. With chicken, he can go with coleslaw or black eyed peas and corn bread. The racism doesn't pair well with anything, better to close it up in an old paint can and drop it off at a hazardous waste facility.


You had me at Corn Bread


The funniest part is they didn't even have to close


How are you mad at black people all the way in Maine🤣🤣🤣


They’re mad at people that barely even exist there lmao


This state is having an exceptionally difficult time with this holiday. I was all over the place since Wednesday and I heard people left and right pissing and moaning about it. "Guess I don't get paid this week 'cause some blacks got mad once." "What are you doing on Monday? Observing black jesus?" "I wonder when the blacks will riot again and get another holiday." Oh, and let's not forget it's Pride month. But I won't type what stuff I've heard about that, because THAT will get me banned. It's fucking embarrassing.


>"Guess I don't get paid this week 'cause some blacks got mad once." Then they should stop voting against their best interests and vote for policy that will force employers to pay them on federal holidays just like federal employees. To acknowledge the "got mad once" part, it is a holiday to honor of the emancipation of slaves. >"I wonder when the blacks will riot again and get another holiday." How dare those uppity colored folk demand to not be indiscriminately murdered by police. Please do not hesitate to call them out on their stupidity.


>Then they should stop voting against their best interests and vote for policy that will force employers to pay them on federal holidays just like federal employees The *other* problem with this argument is that it relies on the presumption that private employers are *required* to close for federal holidays. Which they are not. Your boss is *choosing* to close on this day, and he's *choosing* to not pay you.


Grew up there. This sounds exactly right.


> " "I wonder when the blacks will riot again and get another holiday." If this is how we got federal holidays, I'd start instigating race riots.


the amount of racist coping and seething in that single sheet of paper is insane. what a bunch of assholes.


Lol seriously this isn't mildly infuriating it's plain racist


I'm not black and love fried chicken and collard greens. 🤷🏻‍♂️


I just now learned today that collard greens are one of the stereotypes and I’m like… the fuck?


So back in the days of slavery, collards were a hardy plant that could grow quickly and easily pretty much anywhere. Most plantations owners gave their enslaved population a small plot of land to grow food crops on (meant they had to pay less to feed them), and collards were a staple there. They would need to cook all day to be tender enough to eat, but that could be done while the slaves were working in the fields. During Reconstruction and the resurgence of the Klan in the early 20th century, this was a feature of minstel shows and anti-black racist ads and features meant to paint slaves as lazy and uncultured (they'd eat the weeds). EDIT: here's a bit more context as well with where some of those stereotypes came from, and why: https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2013/05/22/186087397/where-did-that-fried-chicken-stereotype-come-from


My grandma was pregnant with her first kid during the bus boycotts in Alabama, and her mother was a cook for a rich white family in the south for a while. She was full of food facts like this one and I always loved listening. She’d always be surprised when dark meat chicken and chicken wings were sold out because it used to be the “cheap cuts the white folks didn’t want”. Same thing with kale, it took me a long time before I realized we were eating the stuff on those decorative veggie/deli platters! I miss her a lot, thanks for sharing and reminding me of a good memory


Caviar and lobster were also once considered peasant/poor/slave food (although the quality of both was a lot lower, and you can be sure that lobster wasn't coming with butter).


Food is amazing, it has its own history and I love learning about it!


I like these youtube channels: [https://www.youtube.com/c/TastingHistory](https://www.youtube.com/c/TastingHistory) https://www.youtube.com/user/jastownsendandson


You're going on the favorite redditor list my dude


>collards were a hardy plant that could grow quickly and easily pretty much anywhere my type of gardening, I'm going to buy some seed


Non american here; asian. Thank you for bite size info. Take my thumbies.


European here. Collards were just a staple post war. Didn't realize they came with a stereotype abroad. I loved them as a kid. Thanks to Navynuke for the explanation.


This stuff happens so much that it’s hard to get angry anymore. I’d be mad since before I was born. It’s pure ignorance. Fuck this person and their business.


It’s funny cuz it’s like they just couldn’t help themselves…. They could’ve left it at “ ~it’s whatever ….” But …. They just had to let people know they’re racist Also Fried Chicken and Collard Greens is fuckin delicious!


I don’t even see how this is a stereotype. Is there anyone who doesn’t enjoy fried chicken, greens, and (bonus round) grape drink? That’s like making fun of Mexican people for eating tacos. Of course they eat tacos, tacos are the shit. Does anyone want to make fun of me for being Polish? Because yes, my breakfast this morning will consist of bratwurst and vodka. Laugh all you want, my breakfast is delicious, and you’re probably some cuck lord with eczema, eating oatmeal. Get fucked, racists. I’m going to fry some chicken tonight.


I've lived in Maine my whole life and it hasn't been till the last seven or eight years that people have just been nasty in general. Everything's politicized everything's a point of view and everything's White or black and it's just not how usually Things Are in Maine or at least not how they used to be it's sad. Mainers usually care more the functionality of something then its affiliation


As a POC living in Maine, I feel like there are two very different regions here: the midcoast area (plus its vicinity) and the rest of Maine (which is vast but less populated). White folks in and around the midcoast area are generally very friendly, open, and welcoming. However, I’ve had bad experiences in the north. So, I don’t set a foot outside of midcoast or southern Maine. I’m not at all surprised that this insurance agency is located in northern Maine.


I like how Chris Rock put it back in the day. "People down South don't like n***** in general, but they like a couple in particular. People up North like n***** in general, but none in particular."


That is a pretty good quote. I’m white and have lived in the south my entire life. I went to a high school that was like 40% PoC. We went to a friend’s wedding and her grandparents, from Ohio, didn’t want to go into a restaurant because a black man was sitting out front. What. The. Fuck. That shit hit way different. I’m “used to” the casual racism of having to live side by side and work it out down here. I had never seen someone act like “holy shit a black person” before.


I love fried chicken and collard greens


“All this time I thought I loved chicken because it was delicious but it turns out I’m genetically predisposed to liking chicken!”


What is juneteenth?


The Juneteenth federal holiday commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. More than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, on June 19, 1865 federal troops in Texas brought the news to those enslaved there that they were finally free.


A holiday in the U.S. celebrating the moment that enslaved people in Texas were told they had been free. This happened on June 19 1865, they were told almost three years after the emancipation proclamation.


Lol. I appreciate people who don't hide their dickishness.


This is actually a good point, that way we know who to keep away from.


I saw this juneteeth thing for the first time yesterday but what does it even mean


It's the celebration of the end of slavery, so it's actually a good holiday


I grew up in central Maine, actually not that far from Millinocket. This is unfortunately far more common than people think. In the past the racism there was much less open and more based on true ignorance, because of how few POC live there. But now it’s just open malice. I live in California now and I’m never going to live in that shithole again. If my parents didn’t still live there I would never go back.


There's a business in my area that is currently facing vitriol online and having other local businesses stop carrying their products because they did something similar. The owner went on a racist tirade on Facebook in regards to Juneteenth on their business page and now they're suffering. Oh no, not the consequences of their own actions!


Oh my god is that font lucida console?


Mfers be mad at us like we chose the color of our skin. Even if we had the option, they'll just find something else to pick at. It's whatever, gonna go enjoy my chicken


Exactly. This company needs to be named and shamed! If anyone knows the name go ahead and post it on here.


What an asshole “ItS wHaTeVeR” Go fuck yourselves


Harry E Reed Insurance