Black History Month | “PICNIC” vs “BARBECUE”

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Barbecue Chicken © 2011 Delores Randall


A Little known Black History Fact.

This information can also be found in the African American Archives at the Smithsonian Institute. Although not taught in American learning institutions and literature, it is noted in most Black history professional circles and literature, that the origin of the term “picnic” derives from the acts of lynching African -Americans.

The word “picnic” is rooted from the whole theme of “Pick A Nigger.” This is where individuals would “pic” a Black person to lynch and make this into a family gathering.

There would be music and a “picnic” (“Nic”) being the white acronym for “nigger.” Scenes of this were depicted in the movie “Rosewood” We should

choose to use the word “Barbecue” or outing instead of the word “picnic” ~~ William C. Davis ~~

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