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Brooklyn Restaurantís Name Hits a Sour Note (Obama Fried Chicken is Disrespectful Alert)
New York Times ^ | http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/04/nyregion/04chicken.html?_r=1&ref=politics | Kareem Fahim

Posted on 04/04/2009 5:50:25 AM PDT by Zakeet

To the list of lofty names that glamorize the city’s fried chicken stands, like Crown, Royal and Kennedy, one Brooklyn restaurant owner decided to add another: Obama.

From the restaurant’s perspective, the name change grew out of pride in the new president and a keen sense of commerce. From other perspectives, it was tone-deaf at best, and racist at worst. When the restaurant, Royal Fried Chicken on Rutland Road in Brownsville, changed its name last week to Obama Fried Chicken, the reaction was swift.

“Community leaders came. They told us we have to change the name,” said Mohammad Jabbar, 33, the manager. “They said if you don’t change it they will take action.”

It was the latest outbreak of commercial enthusiasm for President Obama and his family. An Illinois company tried to sell dolls that looked like the president’s daughters, and a Brooklyn brewery, Sixpoint Craft Ales, named a beer Hop Obama in honor of the community organizer in chief.

A few minutes’ drive from Obama Fried Chicken, Obama Beauty Supply opened its doors several months ago. Its owner, Mohammed Seraji, said he was inspired by his children’s enthusiasm for the president, along with Mr. Obama’s popularity in the neighborhood. A Michelle Obama wig he sells, for $49.99, is emerging as a popular item.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: black; cashingin; food; friedchicken; hypersensitivity; obama; obamamania; racism
City Councilman Charles Barron, who was also involved in the effort to change the name, said it was possible that the owner was simply trying to exploit the president’s name. “Fried chicken, watermelon and minstrels are part of the racist stereotyping of black people in America,” he said. “It’s outrageous. You have to be sensitive and knowledgeable.”
1 posted on 04/04/2009 5:50:25 AM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet
Why, the new president is well on his way to turn America into an Obamafied chicken, anyway.
2 posted on 04/04/2009 5:52:37 AM PDT by MyTwoCopperCoins (I don't have a license to kill; I have a learner's permit.)
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To: Zakeet

I must be a Negro, because I love fried chicken and Watermelon. OH well, just change it to Obama Hummus and all will be well.


3 posted on 04/04/2009 5:54:00 AM PDT by MuttTheHoople
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To: Zakeet

“Mohammad Jabbar, 33, the manager... Its owner, Mohammed Seraji, “

I’m seeing a pattern.


4 posted on 04/04/2009 5:54:11 AM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: Zakeet
yeah, probably a little over the top
I would have felt the same way about Bush Beans


5 posted on 04/04/2009 5:54:44 AM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: Zakeet; All

NYC fried chicken joints under fire for Obama name
By SARA KUGLER, Associated Press Writer
Friday, April 3, 2009

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/04/03/national/a093523D04.DTL
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"City Councilman Charles Barron said Friday that he will organize a demonstration next week outside Obama Fried Chicken in his Brooklyn district. Organizers said they may also target Obama Fried Chicken & Pizza in Harlem.
"People from the community were calling me and saying they were outraged by this racist connection to Barack Obama and fried chicken," Barron said."

That's "ex"-Black Panther Charles Barron...

Charles Barron: My immediate response is "take off the ex," because I’m still a Panther at heart. And I’m proud to be a Panther because the Black Panther Party fed children breakfast. It had a clothing drive for struggling people in our communities. It led the research drive around sickle cell anemia, a rare blood disease peculiar to black people. As far as the guns and the actions with the police, that wasn’t even a major part of our program. That was for self-defense against police brutality.

http://www.brooklynrail.org/2003/06/local/barron
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From the Maoist Internationist Movement:
[1960s/original] Black Panther Party [BPP] Archives
From the article: REVOLUTIONARY HEROES

"On May 1st, May Day [1969], the day of the gigantic Free Huey rally, two of Alioto's top executioners vamped on the brothers from the Brown Community who were attending to their own affairs. These brothers, who are endowed with the revolutionary spirit of the Black Panther Party defended themselves from the racist pig gestapo.

Pig Joseph Brodnik received his just reward with a big hole in the chest. Pig Paul McGoran got his in the mouth which was not quite enough to off him.

The revolutionary brothers escaped the huge swarm of pigs with dogs, mace, tanks and helicopters, proving once again that "the spirit of the people is greater than the man's technology."

To these brothers the revolutionary people of racist America want to say, by your revolutionary deed you are heroes, and that you are always welcome to our camp."

Source: Maoist Internationist Movement
Article: REVOLUTIONARY HEROS (May 11, 1969):

http://web.archive.org/web/20060717050055/http://www.etext.org/Politics/MIM/bpp/index.html

6 posted on 04/04/2009 5:55:50 AM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Zakeet
A Michelle Obama wig he sells, for $49.99

..and doubles as a cat deterrent

7 posted on 04/04/2009 5:59:29 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: ETL

maybe all NYC or area FREEPERS should go and Send a MESSAGE to those BIGOTS and buy some.!!!


8 posted on 04/04/2009 6:04:29 AM PDT by gwilhelm56 (I GIVE UP .... HEIL Obama!!)
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To: Zakeet

““They said if you don’t change it they will take action.”

What’ are they gonna do? Picket? Protest march? Nothin’ illegal ‘bout the name!


9 posted on 04/04/2009 6:04:30 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Doogle

How much are the Michelle Obama ass pads?


10 posted on 04/04/2009 6:04:36 AM PDT by steve8714 (Drill for oil, drill for gas, drill to heat water in the Earth.)
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To: Zakeet

Do you want to super-size your Colt 45?


11 posted on 04/04/2009 6:08:30 AM PDT by Always Right (Obama: more arrogant than Bill Clinton, more naive than Jimmy Carter, and more liberal than LBJ.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
**They said if you don’t change it they will take action.” What’ are they gonna do? ** If Notsosharp gets involved... they will do what they did with the "WHITE INTERLOPER" in Harlem...

ARSON IN HARLEM CLOTHING STORE LEADS TO BODYCOUNT


12 posted on 04/04/2009 6:11:35 AM PDT by gwilhelm56 (I GIVE UP .... HEIL Obama!!)
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To: Zakeet

Yeah, and whassup with naming all these churches after Rahm Emmanuel, who’s only the President’s Chief of Staff, instead of naming them after Obama, hisself? Needs to get some spray paint and do some name changin”.


13 posted on 04/04/2009 6:11:43 AM PDT by mathurine
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To: Zakeet
Calling it Obama Fried Chicken should be lauded as a safety measure- I would automatically NOT eat there, thus avoiding being just another pale infidel subjecting himself to food products overseen by "America Last" halal-pushers. If the food is as good as the business' graphics or politics, someone needs to open up Obama Stomach Pumps right next door.

Unless, of course, Charles Barron somehow finds the history of gastric evacuation to be insensitive due to its stereotyping of blacks.

Mr. niteowl77

14 posted on 04/04/2009 6:15:38 AM PDT by niteowl77 (You wanted him, and now you have got him. I say, "Good day to you," America.)
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To: Zakeet

Perhaps he should have named it ‘The Presidents Chicken Diner’?...(smirk)


15 posted on 04/04/2009 6:18:13 AM PDT by DGHoodini (God's gonna getcha!)
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To: gwilhelm56
maybe all NYC or area FREEPERS should go and Send a MESSAGE to those BIGOTS and buy some.!!!

These stores are likely all owned and operated by blacks, Jamaicans and others.

16 posted on 04/04/2009 6:22:11 AM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Zakeet
I wonder if the community leaders would have any issue with this..


17 posted on 04/04/2009 6:24:44 AM PDT by Guns
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To: Zakeet

18 posted on 04/04/2009 6:27:23 AM PDT by KoRn
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To: Guns

“I wonder if the community leaders would have any issue with this..” No, but I guess the FR moderators did! LOL!


19 posted on 04/04/2009 6:27:50 AM PDT by Guns
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To: Zakeet

There was a joint in Arkansas called Slick Willie’s during the Clinton years and no one minded.


20 posted on 04/04/2009 6:31:57 AM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: ViLaLuz
There was a joint in Arkansas called Slick Willie’s during the Clinton years and no one minded.

I hate to axe.....what did they sell?

21 posted on 04/04/2009 6:37:52 AM PDT by ninonitti
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To: ViLaLuz

**There was a joint in Arkansas called Slick Willie’s **

What they sell... CONDOMS?


22 posted on 04/04/2009 7:04:30 AM PDT by gwilhelm56 (I GIVE UP .... HEIL Obama!!)
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To: Zakeet

Boy you’d think this guy was taking the Lord’s name in vain.


23 posted on 04/04/2009 7:07:32 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: Zakeet

This is ridiculous.


24 posted on 04/04/2009 7:07:38 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: ninonitti; ViLaLuz; gwilhelm56
There was a joint in Arkansas called Slick Willie’s during the Clinton years and no one minded.

I hate to axe.....what did they sell?

According to Google, there were several Slick Willie's stores.

Seems most of them peddle booze, bling, pinewood beds, and counterfeit money (especially three dollar bills).

I imagine if you look hard enough, you will also find them vending trailer houses, astroturf, knee pads, cigars and presidential pardons.

25 posted on 04/04/2009 7:18:20 AM PDT by Zakeet (Thou Shalt Not Steal -- Unless thou art the government)
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To: Zakeet

I have to think that considering where this is located, that the owner must be African or a Black Muslim.


26 posted on 04/04/2009 7:26:33 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Zakeet

I see no racism in this.

It’s just more obamamania.

They are cashing in on the name and exploiting the gullible cult members.


27 posted on 04/04/2009 7:29:27 AM PDT by Califreak (111th Congress: Destroying America With Reckless Abandon)
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To: KoRn

Love the gif LOL.


28 posted on 04/04/2009 7:57:25 AM PDT by odin2008 (EVIL TRIUMPHS WHEN GOOD MEN DO NOTHING)
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To: gwilhelm56
TRO I found these right next to the Obama Chia Pet at Walgreens.
29 posted on 04/04/2009 8:00:49 AM PDT by odin2008 (EVIL TRIUMPHS WHEN GOOD MEN DO NOTHING)
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To: odin2008

Man...not even lubricated to ease things a bit.


30 posted on 04/04/2009 8:06:34 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (FUBO)
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To: ninonitti; Zakeet; gwilhelm56

I never stopped at Slick Willie’s, but always saw the advertising signs along I-40 through Arkansas. They featured a silhouette of a man that looked suspiciously like Bill Clinton playing a saxophone.

After what you guys say they sold, now I’m glad I never stopped in.

But I did always get a laugh when I saw the billboards.


31 posted on 04/04/2009 10:18:26 AM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: Zakeet
City Councilman Charles Barron

When will this poof finally come out of the closet?

32 posted on 04/04/2009 10:19:55 AM PDT by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: niteowl77

The ghetto nabes in the northeast are filled with halal chicken/pizza/fish shops. We have a mini-chain called Kennedy Fried Chicken up here owned by some enterprising Pakis, serving chicken that most likely is pigeon. Eat there at your own risk (particularly considering the neighborhoods they are in).


33 posted on 04/04/2009 10:22:15 AM PDT by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: DGHoodini

Maybe if should be “Obama’s Hoover Chicken.”


34 posted on 04/04/2009 10:25:24 AM PDT by antidisestablishment (Our people perish through lack of wisdom, but they are content in their ignorance.)
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To: antidisestablishment
Maybe if should be “Obama’s Hoover Chicken.”

With the slogan "DAM, that's good!"

35 posted on 04/04/2009 11:19:35 AM PDT by DGHoodini (God's gonna getcha!)
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To: Zakeet
. “Fried chicken, watermelon and minstrels are part of the racist stereotyping of black people in America,” he said.

Would somebody explain what that means? How is it offensive? This has never made a lick of sense to me.

36 posted on 04/04/2009 11:21:34 AM PDT by gitmo (History books will read that Lincoln freed the slaves and Obama enslaved the free.)
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