Friend chicken is still to this day seen as a racially stereotyped food. Commons serves fried chicken on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and I have even been asked if Popeyes or KFC was my favorite fast food restaurant because they served fried chicken. However, some only see it as a food associated with a particular region of the country. In just about every other part of the country, there is not a strong need or want for fried chicken. My friend always complains that there are no places to find fried chicken in her home state of Minnesota. It reality it is both.
Yes, there are many stereotypes associated with chicken and African Americans, but the same could also be said about the South as well. To say that friend chicken is not racially charged in some way is ignoring a very prominent stereotype that has been enforced by the media for years. However, it has gotten better over the years through self-definition. African Americans have been reclaiming many stereotypes and words that were generally found to be negative and turning them into something empowering. Instead of letting the media and other forces determine their culture, they have defined their culture through .