Somebody thought it would be a great idea to honor Martin Luther King by offering a lunch of southern friend chicken and collard greens. Now the Denver Public Schools is apologizing for what it calls “a well-intentioned but highly insensitive” attempt to celebrate Martin Luther King Day.
In a statement issued Tuesday night and posted on the school district’s website, DPS spokesman Michael Vaughn said the meal was “highly insensitive in light of certain hurtful cultural stereotypes still harbored in parts of our society.”
“Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the greatest leaders and civil rights heroes in our country’s history,” Vaughn said. “We are working with all of our schools to ensure that our students appreciate the enduring legacy of Dr. King’s work and life and the extraordinary importance of his message in our community today.”
It’s doubtful that when Martin Luther King orated “I have a dream,” that the dream was of a chicken lunch.