New Mexico Restaurant Selling ‘Black Olives Matter’ Shirts After Controversy

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Paisano’s in Albuquerque is now selling “black olives matter” shirts and hats after making national headlines for putting the phrase on their sign.

Owner Rick Camuglia said he put the phrase on the restaurant’s main sign to sell a new dish the restaurant was offering — a tuna dish with black olive tapenade.

Camuglia posted pictures of the dish and the sign on Facebook, which resulted in both backlash and support.

Criticism came from many across the web saying that Camuglia was being insensitive and trivializing an important movement for the African-American community.

Camuglia told Action 7 News he wasn’t trying to stir racial tensions, but was only trying to sell food and get people’s attention.

The owner said people from all over the world have contacted him giving support.

“It’s gone so viral. We’ve gotten calls from Australia, Spain, France, you name it,” Camuglia said.

He said he put together the shirts and hats because people who showed support asked if they could buy a souvenir from the restaurant.

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Source: KOAT |  Matt Howerton