Atlanta IKEA Angers Black Employees With ‘Racially Insensitive’ Juneteenth Menu Featuring Fried Chicken and Watermelon

The company’s logo is seen outside of an IKEA Group store in Saint-Herblain near Nantes, France, March 22, 2021. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/Files

A Juneteenth menu is serving up controversy at the Atlanta based IKEA store, after employees said fried chicken and watermelon, were just a some items selected to honor Juneteenth.

CBS46 Tori Cooper spoke to IKEA employees and customers about the menu Monday.

The employees we spoke to did not want to go on camera over fear of repercussions, but they said that management needs to do more to educate themselves on black culture moving forward.

“They sent the menu to us in emails,” an anonymous employee said.

IKEA employees said the menu was sent out to employees last Friday.

They said the menu was going to be served to customers and employees as a way to, “honor and persevere Black Americans,” in light of the Juneteenth holiday.

“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,” an anonymous employee said.

Employees said the menu items selected including, fried chicken, watermelon, mac and cheese, collard greens and more were racially insensitive and ignorant.

“it caused a lot of people to be upset. People actually wanted to quit, people weren’t coming back to work.”

Employees outraged said 33 people called out from work, which sparked an internal email response from the store manager on Saturday.

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SOURCE: CBS46, Tori Cooper

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