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'Racist' Bar Sign: White House Smells Like Fried Chicken

The restaurant has made headlines for posting signs that others called racist.

The recent sign posted at Mulligan's Food and Spirits has some people calling the restaurant racist...again.

Recently, the restaurant on Marietta's busy Roswell Street posted a sign that read, "I heard the White House smelled like collard greens and fried chicken."

Mulligan's former owner Mike Norman was no stranger to posting controversial signs and even sold T-shirts depicting President Barack Obama, then a presidential candidate, as the monkey, Curious George.

Norman died in October 2011, and his daughters, Brandi and Kelly, have now taken over as owners.

Gerald Rose, founder of the New Order National Human Rights Organization, and other members of the group plan to meet at the restaurant at 11 a.m. to speak with the bar's owner and hold a press conference.

Rose wrote this in an email to Patch and other news outlets:

"As African Americans we UNDERSTAND the meaning of FREEDOM of SPEECH, and we can also SEE when people ABUSE that RIGHT just to show their IGNORANCE! The Mulligan's Restaurant is NOT a STRANGER in DISPLAYING their HATE toward ANYONE that's ou...tside of their own race. So, being the case Gerald E. Rose and New Order will be holding a PRESS CONFERENCE on THIS TUESDAY at 11:00am at the Mulligan's Food & Spirits. As a race we have come TOO FAR to GO BACKWARDS, and instead of REMAINING SILENT our VOICES will be HEARD!"

This isn't the first time the bar has posted signs deemed racist by community members. In April 2011, the bar posted a sign that read "W------s R criminals! Hire one and U R too! House Bill 87" referring to controversial House Bill 87, an anti-illegal immigration bill which Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law. Various individuals and members of human rights groups said the law encouraged racial profiling.

Norman, who owned the bar before he died in October 2011, told CBS Atlanta in 2011 that he did not think his sign was racist.

"I am just telling it like it is," Norman said.

However, Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, said the sign was racist and "the hateful rhetoric" is inappropriate for Georgia.

"It’s racist. It’s pejorative. It’s demeaning. It’s dehumanizing,” said Gonzalez.

Editor's Note: Mike Norman, who owned Mulligan's, died in October 2011.

Do you think the sign is racist? Why or why not? Would you eat at Mulligan's after the recent signs posted there? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

Heywood Jablome September 20, 2012 at 06:18 PM
I have no opinion except that C. Vinson needs to get a job...she's on this page 24/7. Maybe Mulligans is hiring?
Pam J September 20, 2012 at 06:46 PM
You should not assume anything like that. She could be retired or rich or like me, unemployed. And please don't tell me to get a job. Have you seen the news? So, if you have no opinion about the article, just go find one that you have an opinion about and leave your comments about people you don't know quiet.
Kea September 20, 2012 at 06:49 PM
LOL Heywood!! Question...Since the sign has been taken down how can I remove myself from getting these comments (that have nothing to do with the original convo)? IJS....This is 2 weeks old.
C. Vinson September 20, 2012 at 07:15 PM
You can sure tell when a comment hits home. Nothing about my comment. Just a stupid jab. Who is the one with the time on their hands? You obviously have gone through ALL of the comments to determine when I make mine. It's quite sporadic, but I certainly don't have time to look into like you do. But one thing is for sure--I can multi-task and sure as heck don't need a job at Mulligans. You're the one who seems to have too much time on your hands.
Duncan September 20, 2012 at 08:03 PM
I, also, have been wondering how long y'all are gonna keep beating this dead horse....; th' nag's dead, swole up and startin' to disassemble itself. Th' buzzard's are landing...; ENUF'S ENUF !!!!
BabyGirl1970 September 21, 2012 at 06:46 PM
I love my (our) President and he definitely has my vote Alice amd Juelz!
Steve September 27, 2012 at 01:56 AM
After I have breakfast at Chick-fil-A, I will plan lunch at Mulligan's - and be loudly playing "Dixie" from the Boston Pops, as I drive in the parking lot, and as I leave. You arrogant-ignorant media pukes throw around the work "racist" so much, you are a joke. How about you focus on the blatant BLACK RACISM found in affirmative action, the Black Congressional Caucus, The New Black Panthers, Louis the-freak-show Farrakhan ?? You media-morons have a serious deficiency of integrity~
Oscar G. September 27, 2012 at 04:56 AM
Well Steve, I'll give you this; at least you're not afraid to let YOUR bigotry shine like a beacon for all of Cobb County to see. Have a Blessed Day.
George W. November 08, 2012 at 05:18 AM
I voted for Ramney
General Custer December 05, 2012 at 12:36 PM
LoL people you are delusional, paranoid and obsessed with racism. The sign says CHICKEN, what is racist in a bird? The blacks are over-exposing the racist thing, while being the biggest racists themselves. They start crying about racism when they see a word "chicken", yet they are immediately killing every white who comes into Bronx/Garlem and they are always dividing people into black/non-black. Get over with that. Start finding a log in your eye before accusing someone of having a sandcrump in their's.
The Atlanta Avenger December 07, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Right on Steve! Great comment. Blacks gotta worry about getting educated,learning to speak English,stop stealing from empolyers (at jobs they only have cause of the color of their skin) as well as being rude loud and obnoxious in public. Every time I hear that damn crap 'music' at a gas station or stop light I wanna puke. All black people do is bring social decorum down to the gutter they came from. Every other race in this country hates blacks cause of the way they act not the color of their skin. What's so racist about chicken anyway? Blacks are the most racist people in the world. Go cry me a river you lazy losers. Maybe Obongo can buy you a new 'sail foam' or car. And no Obongo isn't racist. His brother's name is Abongo and a bongo drum isn't racist so stuff it. Laziest workers I've ever seen. They all move like 3 toed tree sloths and are about as smart. Get lost all of you. Steve run for office brother. You got my vote!
John Himot December 07, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Sorry repubnut but my moms was the best fried chicken . None could touch . She was not black but just a great cook who took the time to make things right for her family as we where growing up. She could cook everything under the sun and do it better then most. You don't have to be black to love Southern Fried Chicken nor do you have to black to cook it well. But you do have to love to cook and do it with love.
John Himot December 07, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Now take Jay he is a raciest you can tell by his hillbilly comment.
John Himot December 07, 2012 at 10:11 PM
You want to see hate go no further then the New Black Panther Party or the NAACP. Both are out dated civil rights groups that push anything but civil rights. I wonder how MLK would feel today if he saw these two groups still acting like raciest in a time when a Black person is in the White House not cleaning it but as the President. So many have overcome the past but it seems the past in the form of the Black Panthers and NAACP is out for blood and using past race problems as their mantra to gain support among the young blacks in America. If you dont like what is said in places like Mulligans then dont do bussness with them. I wonder how blacks can say the things they do about whites and others but want them to keep their mouth shut when they say the same of them. MLK had a dream and the Panthers and the NAACP have made a nightmare out of it. Yes I supported MLK as a young civll rights leader back in the day and I am white and Southern born.
John Himot December 07, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Obama and Tiger are not black people they are of mixed race and are just as much white and Asian as they are black. To say other wise is being raciest.
Dave Franklin December 08, 2012 at 10:52 AM
Yep, Steve, any time you try to tell the truth in this country, here comes some brainwashed liberal imbecile to tell you how r-a-c-i-s-t you are.
John Himot December 08, 2012 at 07:13 PM
L A Hays the guy is dead and his daughters now run the place and yes they are following in his foots steps as is their right. Did you even read the article before you came on and started spreading your bull . I have seen far worse in large city's with a large democrat base then I have ever seen in Marietta on any road or street. Ignorance is all around and I find it mostly in rapers and black comady stars who seem to be able to say what they wish without someone saying a word about it. Ya you are one of those that complains when it is about a subject about which you care for but let others give a opinion and you act like a total dumbzza. Reverse the last three letters of dumbzza and that is what you are.
John Himot December 08, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Charles Cobb county is made up mostly of Yankees Mexicans Blacks so I do not know where you get you info from. As for hating Jews I am a Southerner by birth and have NO problems with the Jewish people. After all my Lord was Jewish and died a Jew. I stood for civil rights in the 60s and still do today but as long as one side thinks they can act raciest (rappers and black comedians to name a few) we will have to live with the other side being able to reply like wise. My old mentor JFK would roll over in his grave if he say how his Dream has turned into a nightmare due to how people who once where by his side are acting now.
John Himot December 08, 2012 at 07:29 PM
PERichardson yes he is the President of the U.S and I respect the office but can not respect the man in the office not due to color but because he has done nothing to help us get out of our current problems and has caused more problems with his $6trillion in added debt (most ever done by any President even Bush caused less debt in his 8 years then Obama) When will people learn to see what he is doing to this country and right in front of their eyes. Yes is seems the Kool Aid is not only making them stupid but causing them to go blind as well .
Robin Smalls December 31, 2012 at 01:30 PM
It's a shame!!! I can't believe in 2013, people living in the USA are still hated because of the way they look. As far as I know the only true Americans are Native Americans, everyone else came from some place else. Whether your Red, Black, Brown, Yellow or White, most people here in America want the same thing. To be successful and prosperous, live in safe clean communities, provide their children with a good education so they can do better then their parents when they become adults and worship the God of your choosing. How is this dream for one race of people only? You are truly ignorant if you are racist, we cannot continue to hate our fellow man because they happen to be different from us. We are all created in his image and he saw the human race in Black, Yellow, Brown, Red and White.
Robin Smalls December 31, 2012 at 06:20 PM
This Mulligan Restaurant's slogan is nothing compared to a chain of chicken restaurants in the upper northwest called "Coon Chicken Inn", open from about 1925-1950. Google it!!
Elizabeth Smithstein January 01, 2013 at 03:53 PM
When you commenters take an equal stand against rappers, etc. using the "N" word and Goldberg and Shepard on the TV show "The View" saying it is acceptable for 'black" people to use the "N" word, but is it not acceptable for "white" people to use it, then I will listen to you about your objections to being thought of as "fried chicken and collard greens." You can't have it both ways.
ashley January 23, 2013 at 03:51 PM
wow! That's funny atl avenger. Everytime I hear that loud music at the gas station, its a group of young white boys. Its ok white people. I think all of you are upset because all of you are the minorites now. I'm sick of hearing this mess about Obama isn't the first black president he is mixed lol if I had a can of white paint and mixed it with some black paint its no longer white. It will never be white again. So get over it. Yes the sign was racist. For many years black people were always known to eat or joked about mostly eating fried chicken collard greens and watermelon. Some of you are trying to act stupid and erase that fact. Yes those foods are southern foods but its blacks that have for many years been joked about it and you all know it. If our president was hispanic, the sign would have said something about burritos or tacos. They can put whatever they want on their sign because at the end of the day our president is still Obama. Our president is black!
ashley January 23, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Also I think its so funny when people talk so bad about blacks when its your people who do all these shootings at our schools/colleges etc. Wake up! Most of you are afraid of the wrong race. Its your race you should be afraid of now.
jason stiener February 26, 2013 at 07:18 PM
Im a natoinal socalist i inow all about racism and im very political yeah im racest i read that sign 12 times nothing racist so what i read the one on the jew that was definitely racist and ashly the white boys in the school shootings are white but they want to be black it all comes down to how you were raised my family is full of fascists and if they take away the 2nd amendment crimanals wont follow it and it will leave good Samaritans defencless did you knowthe cops average esponse takes enywere from 10 to 20 minutes do the math its common sence if someone were to shoot you it would be to late before the cops arive h 2nd amendment wasnt created for hunting because in 1776 hunting was a daily chor the 2nd amendment gives us the right to defend ourselves from a tyranical government and ashly do your reserch before you make a post because 78 % of the crimes commited were from blacks or porto ricans 12 % of the crimes commited are from whites and 5 % is from the Chinese and 5 % is from jews
jason stiener February 26, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Coon chicken inn is good its a name a reseraunt nothing more same as the mullegans i eat freid chicken there all the time its just a sign grow up people
jason stiener February 26, 2013 at 07:28 PM
When i lived in that erea i ate there alot and ashly whites may be the minoritys there but virginia utah arizona texas and several other states blacks are the minoritys
jason stiener February 26, 2013 at 07:37 PM
Jfk 6000.00 dollar dept Bush 5000.00 dollar dept obama 6.5 million doller dept do the math
jMichael February 26, 2013 at 07:43 PM
David. Terrific comment.
jMichael February 26, 2013 at 07:48 PM
Mike Norman's friends say he was a good man. His signs betray a pernicious racism. Which shall we believe? Oh. Golly gee. I just don't know.

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