Protesters hold signs as they gather to protest police brutality and racism in the US, with the recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, in Boston, Massachusetts.
Protesters hold signs as they gather to protest police brutality and racism in the US, with the recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Earlier this year, George Floyd, a black man in the US passed away as a white police official knelt on his neck. His death had triggered widespread condemnation across the world, and in many parts of the US, protesters had taken to the streets to criticise the incident and demand justice.

Floyd's last words, "I can't breathe" have become a rallying cry for many as the 'Black Lives Matter' movement gained momentum. Since the protests began, there have been other incidents that have come to light -- where the police have used excessive or unnecessary force or people have died amid the altercation.

Not everyone understands or empathises with the movement however. While people have panned many for perceived slights to the movement, others continue to take their place. And for others still, this has become a grand marketing opportunity or a joke.

A CNN report from June 30 recounts how a restaurant owner in Miami decided to nickname a menu item after the tragedy, prompting an employee to resign.

Reportedly, Brandon Gonzalez who had been working at a restaurant named Hole in the Wall, saw the changed moniker on the order ticket when he was bringing over chicken wings for a customer.

Horrified over the distasteful 'joke', Gonzalez had resigned. As per the report, the owner had also joked about renaming the "blackened' chicken wings, at which time he and the other employees had stayed quiet and opted to not acknowledge the comment.

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