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Glazed and Confused

On Martin Luther King Day, a Logan Farms Honey Glazed Hams restaurant in Houston, Texas, noted a promotion on their sign out front: “Brown and Gay Employees Get Half Price Plate Lunch This Week Only”. A local TV station reports they received “angry calls and emails” regarding the special treatment the restaurant was giving “Brown and Gay” people. A reporter contacted the restaurant to see what was going on. The owners “were pretty confused,” the reporter said: no one had complained to them. Then co-owner James Logan realized what was up, and said the controversy was “hilarious”: the sign had nothing to do with MLK Day, but rather offers a discount to the employees of Brown and Gay Engineering, who often walk across the street for lunch; the company’s principals are Pat Brown and Richard Gay. Logan Farms changed their sign to reference “BGE Employees” to clarify things and, Logan says, because the firm prefers to go by its initials anyway. (RC/KHOU Houston) ...Because in Texas, openly being “Brown and Gay” is enough to trigger a lynching.
Original Publication Date: 24 January 2016
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