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BBC 'racist' over black people and chicken video

By Sherna Noah

The BBC has been accused of racism after posting an online video asking: "Black people and fried chicken - is there any truth in it?"

The corporation put the video on Newsbeat's Twitter feed, on the last day of Black History Month, to promote a documentary about racism faced by black people in the UK today.

The tagline, "Black people and fried chicken - is there any truth in it?", which accompanied the clip was later removed.

The video was later reposted with new text, reading: "We're talking about being black and British, the stereotypes you might face, like this one?"

In the film, which asks "Is it true all black people like chicken?", a black girl states: "It's not the only food that we eat."

A white girl says: "Apparently it makes your bum bigger so a lot of black girls that I know, they are always like, yeah, 'you know, I eat loads of chicken because it makes your bum bigger'."

And a white man adds: "Certain cartoons and films and things like that, they have played on that stereotype a little bit."

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