Obama Chicken Joints Popping Up in N.Y.
Last month, it was a German frozen-food company that put out Obama Chicken Fingers. That sparked outrage among those who said the African-American-chicken tie was more than a mere coincidence. Now, two New York City neighborhood joints have jumped into the Obama-fried chicken mix. Both in Manhattan and Brooklyn, hungry passersby can wander into “Obama’s Fried Chicken” for a quick, greasy snack. But some New Yorkers think the name of the eateries is a greasy trick designed to disparage Blacks. “Why name it that? Just because Obama is Black, they’re going to put his name on a fried chicken place in a black neighborhood?” Akilah Nassy, 16, told The Associated Press outside the Brooklyn store. “If it were [Republican candidate John] McCain, nobody would make a McCain fried chicken place.” In early March, the joint on St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem officially changed its name to Obama’s. Last week it was Royal Fried Chicken’s turn to try and capitalize off the powerful presidential moniker. “Basically, the owner loves Obama,” said Mohammad Jabbar, 33, manager of the Brownsville store. “He loves him seriously. He supports him.” Still, critics say, it’s offensive. “They think because they throw up Obama’s name, Black people are going to come in more to get fried chicken,” said Seth DeVries, 28, a roofer from Brownsville. What do you think?
White Supremacist Gets Life For Black Murder
A 40-year-old White man who, out of his hate for Black folks, killed an African-American woman in a random act of violence in 2005 was sentenced Friday to life in a New Jersey prison. Walter Dille Jr., sat emotionless as Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Albert Garofolo told him he would get life without parole for shooting to death 44-year-old Cindy Cade, plus another 20 years for other crimes. Dille murdered Cade in the parking lot of a movie theater where she had stopped to buy tickets for the premiere of “King Kong.” Marcus Cade displayed two photographs of his wife in court, saying he wanted to show who Cindy was. “She was a daughter, a sister, a cousin, an aunt, a co-worker, a mother, my wife, my partner, my soulmate, my best friend,” he said. “My future grandchildren will never get the opportunity to benefit from Cindy’s joy and the beauty of her love.” Dille finally showed some emotion. He laughed when Cindy Cade’s brother, Stephen Parker, read a letter from his parents, saying they hoped the sentence given him would deter others.
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