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Controversy over MLK Day Sale at Downtown Duluth Business

Created: 01/20/2014 6:43 PM WDIO.com
By: Zach Hammer
zhammer@wdio.com

A downtown Duluth business is creating controversy online because of a sale they say is in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Global Village posted a sign on their door Monday offering 25 percent off all black-colored merchandise for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The sign has gone viral on Facebook, with many saying the retail shop was misguided in their promotion.

But the store's owner says she didn't mean to offend anyone; she meant it as a celebration of the civil rights hero.

"He was black, he was proud, he looked good, we were celebrating that," said Rachel Mock, proprietress of Global Village. "I know my heart, I know my intention, and it wasn't to insult, or mock, or offend anybody."

Mock offered an apology to anyone offended by the sale, but stood by the promotion.

Mock says it is a response to Columbus Day sales, which she says offend her.

Mock says this is actually the fourth year that they've had this sale, but this is the first time people have taken issue with it.

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