ACME FOOD MARKET, WHICH IS A MERGER WITH ALBERTSONS PRINTS A BLACK HISTORY MONTH SALES AD EVERY YEAR FOR THE PAST 7 YEARS. APPEAREANTLY THIS IS THE FIRST YEAR THEY HAVE HAD COMPLAINTS.
PRODUCTS ADVERTISED INCLUDE CORN BREAD, COLLARD GREENS, AND GRAPE SODA. THE DELEWARE CHAPTER OF THE NAACP SAID THAT MORE THAN 100 PEOPLE HAVE COMPLAINED THAT THE PRODUCTS ADVERTISED ARE STEROTYPES.
“It’s racist, it’s insensitive, it’s not culturally correct. Don’t assume that to celebrate Black History Month that we must have corn bread. Whoever put this ad together thought it’d be a good joke.” Csaid Delaware NAACP President Cecil C. Wilson who demands Acme run a full-page apology in “all of Delaware’s newspapers.”
In a statement from Acme, the company said the advertisement was designed to highlight Black History Month and many of the items are products supplied through the company’s “supplier diversity program”.