- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

An Atlantic City casino was the target of criticism Monday after one of its restaurants offered fried chicken and collard greens in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

Photos of the Metropolitan’s $24 “Martin Luther King Jr. Special” at the Borgata Hotel Casino went viral Monday. Some Twitter users claimed the food choices of fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, sweet potato casserole, collard greens and pecan pie were based on unfair racial stereotypes, while others complained about political correctness and oversensitivity.

Borgata’s senior vice president, Joe Lupo, says the Metropolitan restaurant chose menu items that were among King’s favorite foods, as documented in numerous historical sources. He says the restaurant’s manager, who is black, chose the menu intending to honor King, The Associated Press reported.

“We were surprised that there were so much negative comments, but we probably could have communicated better that it was done so that it was his favorite foods,” Mr. Lupo told The Press of Atlantic City.

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