Skip to comments.Latino student group says eating tacos is offensive to Mexicans
Posted on 05/05/2014 12:26:32 PM PDT by Impala64ssa
Northwestern University continued to stumble over diversity issues this week as Mexican students voiced disagreement with a campuswide letter that advised students not to celebrate Cinco de Mayo by engaging in racially-offensive activities, such as eating tacos and drinking tequila.
The letter was sent to students via e-mail, and published in The Daily Northwestern last week. Leaders of Alianza, a Latino student group, and the Associated Student Government called on students to remember that Cinco de Mayo commemorates Mexicos victory over France in the Battle of Puebla. It is not a day to throw a sombrero-themed party, they said.
Some of our peers choose to throw Mexican-themed parties that are culturally insensitive, offensive, and detrimental to the Northwestern community, said the letter, which noted that this was a problem year after year. Drinking tequila shots, eating tacos, and wearing sombreros do not commemorate Mexican culture; on the contrary, that offends, marginalizes, and isolates many of our friends, classmates, and community members, and casts our entire community in poor light.
The two Alianza presidents who signed the letter are not Mexican, according to The Daily Northwestern.
Their recommendations were quite a shock to Northwestern students who actually came from Mexico. Several of them fired back recently.
Id like to say that I proudly embrace my tacos, tequila and sombreros, wrote Ruben Antonio Marcos Bours, a Northwestern student, in a statement. To me, they are a key part of my childhood, growing up in Monterrey, Mexico.
Another student who grew up in Mexico called the letter over the top.
The people who wrote it had a good intention, but their perspective is different, said Pablo Garcia Romero, a Northwestern student, in a statement.
Alianzas letter was no more popular among non-Latino students.
Ill probably still go to Chipotle and drink Corona tomorrow, but I do that like everyday is it still offensive? asked one online commenter.
Realizing that the letter was poorly received, representatives for Alianza and ASG confirmed that they are drafting a new letter that will better explain their position on Cinco de Mayo sensitivity.
Were not trying to pass judgement on the role tequila or tacos have in the Mexican culture, said ASG president Ani Ajith. It comes down to context and intent.
And they call us puritans.
Oh, PLEASE! Get a serious cause people.
Hey, today is the 5th of May. Tomorrow, is the SIXTH!
The Mexican family who runs a taco stand near my home will not be pleased.
Well, I know what I'm having for dinner tonight.
Telling college students not to drink Coronas isn’t going get very far.
Is beating the French really something to celebrate? Who hasn’t beaten the French?
Uh, if they were back in their homeland instead of sneaking into ours and taking advantage of our generosity, they wouldn’t know what we were up to, right? Make it so, number one!
Yep, I’m gonna tell college students not to drink tequila because it’s ethnically offensive. That’ll work.
See I told you the Irish were cooler the Mexicans.
I like tacos!
Gee thanks. Now I’m hungry for tacos.
Obviously, it should be against the law for Mexicans in the U.S. to eat anything but tacos and other Mexican fare.
Next they’ll be protesting that it’s offensive to women.
Euphemisms being what they are and all.
“Do some people get off on feeling like their being oppressed?”
The answer is ‘yes’, and it’s far more than just some people.
See I told you the Irish were cooler then Mexicans. Hell an Irishman will BUY you a green beer
Wonder if these people know that Cinco de Mayo was a more-or-less fake holiday created by the Gabrinas Bottling Company of San Antonio to sell beer?
If Cinco de Mayo is celebrating illegal aliens that you cannot get rid of, it should be a day of national mourning with US flags at half-mast.
And, if you do not like us, get out. Soon as you can, load up a travel burrito box-lunch, syeal some gas and infiltrate your way back to Mexico. Or, Shut Up.
And let me guess....
NOT eating tacos is offensive to Mexicans.
Now that right there is funny, I don’t care who you are!
So sick of this crud.
They need to watch that cigar-store Indian episode of Seinfeld. “Someone asks me which way is Israel, I don’t fly off the handle!”
Good on the Mex for calling them on this.
OTOH, the hell with this indoctrination method of trumping up a minor holiday of a foreign country here. Can’t wait to see exactly how my young son was immersed by our Catholic school today with their dress plans.
Still waiting for us to celebrate our own damn country and culture.
Uh no, actually they didn't.
Minor league fascist wannabees ought to be dealt with using extreme prejudice, not given a forum to by a college newspaper to spread their disease.
I think anyone who actually celebrates the Battle Against the French From Noon To 3:00 p.m. Local Time Monday Afternoon, should eat tacos. They definitely need a hobby.
One of my good Mexican friends says there are only three Mexican holidays; Mexican Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo and the day the new Chevys come out. Yes, not pronounced shevvy.
I eat Mexican food AT LEAST once a week, and one excuse to do so is a good as any, if one needs an excuse. Mexican food is King!
I thought they were Dreamers, not Mexicans.
Idiot lib: What do you intend to do with that taco and tequilla?
Student: I intend to consume them.
Idiot lib: In what context?
Student: The context of enjoying some good Mexican food.
Idiot lib: Racist!
Isn’t this the same damn commie college that acquiesced to that union players thing?
How about bbq on July 4th?
Another excuse for the “professionally outraged for fun and profit.”
Them dudes go to the Church of Our Lady of the Perpetually Offended. If you REALLY want to celebrate Stinko de Mayo have bujolais and escargot and COFFEE!!. And maybe a baguette.
I used to think that the crazy water supply was limited to California but now I see that it has spread nationwide.
Every group has to find something to whimper and whine and be upset about. What a bunch of total pussies we have roaming the planet these days. Yes there are some legitimate beefs, but the rest just need to GTF over themselves.
Dang. Now the members of Alianza have gone and flung a taco craving on me. Lo siento in advance about the cultural offense, y’all.
THANK YOU. Glad someone mentioned it.
It’s not fake, but it’s not important. Not really important.
This is the same fascistic nonsense as muzzies warning their “infidel” coworkers not to eat lunch in their presence during Ramalamadingdong month.
On one campus the muzzies of MSA warned Jewish students not to be seen eating pitas & hummus as these were proprietary Arab foods.
Mexicans telling us not to eat tacos? I thought the idea is to spread one’s culture, not restrict it.
Not long I guess until black people will be telling whites, “Is that fried chicken you’re eating? I’m offended.”
Yeah, it’s like the blacks-on-TV thing.
They do have a good point about how offensive Tequila drinking is. That stuff is nasty.
LOL! You got that right. Tacos and Freedom Fries too!
I celebrate by taking a siesta with my straw hat over my eyes or ordering at Taco Bell and driving off.