UC Irvine says MLK Day chicken, waffles special was in poor taste

Chicken and waffles at Roscoe's House of Chicken 'N Waffles in Pasadena.
Chicken and waffles at Roscoe's House of Chicken 'N Waffles in Pasadena. Elliot "pointnshoot"/Flickr (Creative Commons licensed)

A California university says it was bad taste to serve chicken and waffles on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Officials at the University of California, Irvine, say the menu of stereotypical black food was served on Jan. 17 - the first day of the school's annual Martin Luther King Jr. symposium.

The dining hall advertised the meal as an "MLK Holiday Special."

The co-chairman of the school's Black Student Union and another student lodged formal complaints.

University spokeswoman Cathy Lawhon tells the Los Angeles Times that the cafeteria staff made a last-minute decision about the menu. She says the intention was to offer holiday comfort food. The company that runs the cafeteria says it will conduct cultural sensitivity training for its chefs and managers.

Information from: Los Angeles Times

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