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Response to Amy-Strange (Original post)

Tue Jun 9, 2020, 08:29 PM

2. Don't know why they would have to point it out to them since it was a chain and all the others knew

in the 70s and 80s . Seems more like a hold out by the Santa Barbara owners not to change years ago when other parts of the chain tried alternate less offensive names and they did not
Coincidentally, a popular US restaurant chain of the 1950s through 1970s, Sambo's, borrowed characters from the book (including Sambo and the tigers) for promotional purposes, although the Sambo name was originally a portmanteau of the founders' names and nicknames: Sam (Sam Battistone) and Bo (Newell Bohnett).[22] For a period in the late 1970s, some locations were renamed "The Jolly Tiger".
Nonetheless, the controversy about the book led to accusations of racism that contributed to the 1,117-restaurant[23] chain's demise in the early 1980s.[22] Images inspired by the book (now considered by some racially insensitive) were common interior decorations in the restaurants.[24]
Though portions of the original chain were renamed No Place Like Sam's to try to forestall closure,[23] all but the original restaurants in Santa Barbara, California, had closed by 1983.

The original location still existed in Santa Barbara under the name Sambo's until June 2020.[25]
The name on the original Sambo's sign was temporarily changed to the motto, "Peace (the symbol) & LOVE" due to pressure from the Black Lives Matter group, and a separate signature drive that collected thousands of signatures. A new name may be chosen at a later date.[26]

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