Pat Robertson asks a CBN reporter to explain why Condoleezza Rice is so fond of mac and cheese at Thanksgiving. "Is it a black thing?"
Robertson is from Virginia, and I'm frankly unaware of whether or not white Virginians have adopted the same soul food traditions as black Virginians. Speaking as a white person from Delaware, I definitely didn't have mac and cheese at my childhood celebrations of turkey, pilgrims, and ennui. Only when I moved to D.C. and made a bunch of gourmand friends did I start seeing mac and cheese on Thanksgiving. A useful New York Times map of recipe searches informs me that mac and cheese really is only a Thanksgiving staple in the old Confederacy, the old border states, Ohio, Indiana, and Nevada.
You'd think if mac and cheese was a "black thing," it would do better in Delaware, Michigan, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, all of which have respectable black populations. Is Robertson right? Did he just miss a food trend? I open up the thread.
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