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Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Someone Explain This to Me 

Public Health Commercial Pulled in Tennessee from

The ad, placed on 10 stations statewide by the Tennessee Department of Health, encouraged listeners to "try baking your chicken, eating a fresh tossed salad on the side and scrumptious watermelon for dessert."

"I don't believe it was intended to have any racial overtones," said Diane Denton, spokeswoman for the department. "We wouldn't want to offend anyone. We want to be culturally sensitive."

But even some African-Americans contacted by the paper thought the reaction was overkill.

"That's a wonderful advertisement. Tell them to put it back," said the Rev. Enoch Fuzz, who heads the health committee of the local NAACP.

"African-Americans are dying at a much higher rate than other populations, and we've got to turn that around. That's a stereotype we've got to get past. We can't get sensitive."

What I want to know is... who complained?


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