Obama Fried Chicken


Last week, a fried chicken joint in Brownsville, Brooklyn, changed its name from Royal Fried Chicken to Obama Fried Chicken, a name some find inappropriate or even racist. It’s true that fried chicken spots with grandiose presidential names are not unheard of–think of all those Kennedy Fried Chickens!–but the juxtaposition of an African American president and fried chicken touches a nerve.

The owner is a recent immigrant from Bangladesh, who likely doesn’t know the loaded historical context that he’s stirred up–and who might represent a change in neighborhood demographics that complicates feelings even more. Because of the uproar, the owner says he’ll soon change the name again, this time to Popular Fried Chicken.

[New York Times]

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