Re: Sylvester McCoy in The Hobbit 'like Jar-Jar Binks'
From what I understand from this post
, it's a Southern US thing.
To add to that, there was a large exodus of black Americans to the north who brought their food with them. In the north, these traditionally southern foods were not anywhere near as popular, so they became associated with the newcomers (i.e., African Americans).
When on Romulus, Do as the Romulans