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Satirical petition suggests Cracker Barrel is racist

PICTURE BY RYAN KOCH VIA CHANGE.ORG PICTURE BY RYAN KOCH VIA CHANGE.ORG

A new Change.org petition is adding a little fuel to the fire and stirring controversy on the conversation of race relations in America.

The petition, started by Ryan Koch of Des Moines, Iowa, asks “us European Americans” to protest Cracker Barrel because it claims the restaurant known for its savory southern cuisine and country store “uses an offensive slur” and “is deeply offensive and mocks our long and proud heritage.”

“The name is offensive,” the petition which currently has nearly 8,000 signers says.

Koch says he started the satirical petition in response to “media reports of various groups and organizations constantly wanting to change things throughout the country because they claim they are offended.” He says the petition was meant to shed light on what he sees as political correctness in America.

Koch feels there are more important issues the media should focus on such as crime, unemployment, veteran suicide, and corruption in politics. To be clear, Koch says the petition “is strictly for satirical and comedic purposes" and “to show how ridiculous political correctness is getting in America.”

Cracker Barrel responded to our request for comment on the petition with this statement:

"Cracker Barrel is aware of this satirical petition and recognizes that individuals have the right to express their opinion on all types of things. At Cracker Barrel, our mission is Pleasing People. While we respect the opinions of these individuals, our brand is well-known as a home away from home so we have no plans to change our name as it is synonymous with great food and great service."

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