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Cultural & culinary sensitivity in the cafeteria

Chicken and waffles - together.
Chicken and waffles - together.
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On Martin Luther King Day, a UC Irvine cafeteria offered an MLK Holiday Special of fried chicken and waffles. The university’s Black Student Union complained and yesterday campus officials issued an apology. But did they need to? Was the offering any different than providing Mexican food on Cinco de Mayo? Was the move culturally insensitive or an appropriate recognition of African-America cultural history? What food should the campus dining hall offer on MLK Day?