Atlantic City Casino Menu Receives Flak For Being Racist

Atlantic City Casino Menu Receives Flak For Being Racist January 21, 2015 January 21, 2015 Paul Butcher
 General January 21, 2015 by Paul Butcher

The BorgataAtlantic City casinos have had a torrid time in 2014 with revenues dropping and 4 casinos closing due to bankruptcy. The gambling regulators in New Jersey are doing everything they possibly can to revive the casino industry in Atlantic City and one of their key strategies is re-creating good PR in 2015 and drawing more customers back to Atlantic City’s casinos.

The Borgata Casino recently got caught up in a racist rant because it’s Metropolitan Restaurant came up with a menu that did not sit well with a number of African Americans.

In order to honour and celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, the restaurant created a special menu which featured macaroni and cheese, fried chicken, collard greens which was sold at a $24 special in the restaurant.

The Borgata - Martin Luther King Jr Special

One of the customers, went on to post the menu on social media which went on to irk a number of African Americans who took offence to the menu, as they believed it was stereotyping their community by promoting macaroni and cheese, fried chicken, collard greens as a staple food of the African American community.

The Knoxville News Sentinel had published an article in 2008 where it quoted a guide at Dr. King’s home saying that

his favourite meal was the Sunday feast of fried chicken, collard greens, black-eyed peas and corn bread

A representative from the casino defended the menu saying that it was part of the restaurants policy to release special menus to celebrate a special occasion. The restaurant uses a special menu to celebrate the Chinese New Year as well as the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo.

The representative said a similar strategy was adopted to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and in no way did the restaurant want to dishonour Martin Luther King Jr.’s or African Americans.

In a statement, the representative said

Our general manager of the restaurant is an African-American female who wanted to come up with the menu to celebrate and honor Dr. King. We allow our managers to run their restaurants. She did research and came up with an authentic recipe. It’s very clear these were his favorite foods.

New Jersey gambling officials believe that this racist outcry will quickly fade because there is no truth in the claims and the objections appear to be coming from a minority who appear to take offence when there is no reason at all.

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