UC Irvine MLK Day dinner criticized: UC Irvine says cafeteria's fried chicken and waffle dinner on Martin Luther King Jr. Day was insensitive - latimes.com
A last-minute decision to serve fried chicken and waffles at a campus dining hall in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. was a regrettable choice and lacked sensitivity, UC Irvine officials acknowledged Wednesday.
The meal was served at Pippin Commons on Jan. 17, the first day of UC Irvine's 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. symposium. The theme of the three-day campus event was "Uniting Our Voice for Change." Past speakers have included Julian Bond, the late Dick Gregory and the late Yolanda King, the civil rights leader's daughter.
The menu and a sign in the dining hall reading "MLK Holiday Special: Chicken and Waffles"
Sheldon :Political correctness and hyper-African-American overreaction to something insignifigant strikes again. The student who whould make such a fuss over the MLK, Jr. birthday meal from the college cafeteria must have just wanted publicity. If he/she had done his/her research, he/she would have known that Dr. King actually loved such delicacies. If the student union should raise hell about the food, there are many homeless, hungry people, including familes and workers left without jobs during this Great Recession, that need to be fed. They would have no objections to that food. What's offensive is knowing kids are going to bed hungry. Do as Dr. King would have liked. Feed and help those in the most need.
Tex Engr :UC is sick. Fried chicken is just fried chiken. Should KFC shut down on MLK day? Hell no. Most blacks are on the dole anyway.