New Jersey casino says Martin Luther King Day menu was intended as a tribute; some disagree

Associated Press

A New Jersey casino says one of its restaurants intended to honor Martin Luther King Jr. by offering fried chicken, collard greens and macaroni and cheese.

Some Twitter users objected to what they considered racially offensive choices. Others called the criticism political correctness run amok.

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Joe Lupo, senior vice president of the Borgata in Atlantic City, 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 is an African-American woman and that she chose the menu intending to honor King.

Lupo says the casino's restaurants offer menus geared toward holidays, including Chinese meals at Chinese New Year and Mexican food on Cinco de Mayo.