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The furniture giant’s menu on Juneteenth, a new holiday to marks the emancipation of the very last enslaved Americans, which included fried chicken and watermelon, foods commonly associated with African-Americans, sparked a backlash among employees. An Ikea store in Atlanta has landed in hot water as its employees found its special menu to celebrate Juneteenth “racially insensitive”. The menu included fried chicken, watermelon, macaroni and cheese and collard greens and sparked a backlash among employees who said the menu was offensive and created without the input of any black employees, CBS reported. Ikea Atlanta apologised and said the menu was created with the best intentions by coworkers who “believed they were representing their culture and tradition with these foods of celebration”.

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