Perhaps it should be "Dumbest Simile of the Week," but it doesn't matter. Here's what happened. The Black Cultural Council in Odessa, Texas held their annual Juneteenth celebration in recognition of the Union Army's June 19, 1865 arrival into Galveston to deliver news of freedom to those still enslaved after the Emancipation Proclamation. Part of the festivities is to provide free BBQ sandwiches to attendees. When health officials questioned the safety of the sandwiches given state health regulations, BCC President Jo Ann Davenport-Littleton said the following:
"I wanted people to go away talking about how great the celebration was this year. All you heard was `They were going to deny us barbecue. Here we are in modern-day slavery again.' "
Really? First of all, "modern-day slavery AGAIN?" What's the other modern-day slavery? Second of all, who's being enslaved? The BBQ sandwiches? And the most obvious: no BBQ = slavery? Don't get me wrong, I love me some BBQ and would be pissed if someone came between me and a pulled pork sandwich (especially a free one). But unless the health department officials confiscated the sandwiches and ate them with a bunch of rich, white landowners -- I don't see the comparison. And above all else, how would slaves have felt if someone said their plight was akin to being denied BBQ? Probably not so honored.
Finally, who else is hungry looking at that picture? I would be if I didn't have my sight and smell currently hijacked by dead rats. If I saw a rat wearing a cyclist outfit, I'd be homicidal.