IKEA is under fire after one of its stores in Atlanta allegedly listed fried chicken and watermelon as menu items for its employees to supposedly honor Juneteenth.
The furniture giant reportedly sent an email to employees last week alerting them that “to honor the perseverance of Black Americans and acknowledge the progress yet to be made” it was also going to roll out a special menu.
And that’s where IKEA dropped the ball BIG TIME … because the so-called special menu — again, for a holiday commemorating the end of slavery — included fried chicken, watermelon and mac n’ cheese … some of those items, of course, perpetuate racial stereotypes.
An employee, who wished to remain anonymous, told CBS46, “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.”
The outrage led to 20 employees calling out from work. Word that workers were furious quickly began to spread at the store and it ultimately reached the store manager … who sent out another internal email apologizing. The menu was ultimately altered to include cornbread, mashed potatoes and meatloaf.
An anonymous employee reportedly said none of the coworkers who sat down to create the menu was Black, but we reached out to IKEA and a spokesperson refutes that … saying there were Black co-workers involved, but it offered no further details.
The spokesperson added, “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. We got it wrong and we sincerely apologize.”
As we’ve reported … President Biden signed Juneteenth into law last week, making it the 12th federal holiday.