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“We’re Not Trying to Pass Judgement on the Role Tequila or Tacos Have in the Mexican Culture,”
Posted By Daniel Greenfield On May 11, 2013 @ 2:58 pm In The Point | 10 Comments
Once upon a time, higher education in America was a means of imparting knowledge and skills. But forget all that. Now it’s a process of indoctrinating political correctness and political orthodoxy on the most minute topics under the guise of sensitivity.
We have the educational system that the USSR used to have. And we have it at ten times the price.
And so I present to you, the great Cinco de Mayo Mexican Taco and Tequila sensitivity controversy. At Northwestern University, Alianza and Associated Student Government sent out a letter warning students not to insensitively celebrate Cinco De Mayo by eating tacos and drinking tequila.
This occasion is used to celebrate cultural pride and Mexico’s rich history through parades, folk dances, and family gatherings that teach youth how to keep their traditions alive.
Unfortunately, instead of partaking in these cultural celebrations and enriching their Northwestern experiences, some of our peers choose to throw ‘Mexican-themed’ parties that are culturally insensitive, offensive, and detrimental to the Northwestern community. 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.
This weekend, please join us in honoring the tradition of El Cinco de Mayo with appropriate, tasteful and respectful celebration.
The appropriate, tasteful and respectful celebration.chosen by Alianza was toasting marshmallows. It’s not clear how toasting marshmallows imparts the rich history and traditions of Mexico, but most of the people signing the letter were not actually Mexican.
And the Mexican students pointed out that they drink tequila and eat tacos.
“To whomever wrote and signed that letter, I’d like to say that I proudly embrace my tacos, tequila and sombreros,” Ruben Antonio Marcos Bours wrote. “To me, they are a key part of my childhood, growing up in Monterrey, Mexico.”
ASG president Ani Ajith, who co-signed the original letter, said ASG and Alianza are working on a second letter clarifying the intent of the first after receiving “constructive” and “valid” criticism.
“We’re not trying to pass judgement on the role tequila or tacos have in the Mexican culture,” Ajith said. “It comes down to context and intent.”
Ani Ajith is Indian and probably shouldn’t be telling anyone what Mexican foods they should or shouldn’t eat around Mexican holidays. But this isn’t really about tacos and tequila. It’s about more politically correct thuggery.
On Cinco de Mayo, Alianza celebrated the holiday by roasting marshmallows at a celebration that was intended to be respectful. At the event, two writers of the original letter, Alianza co-presidents Sobeida Peralta and Darlene Reyes, said they are not Mexican themselves and were not trying to tell people how to celebrate.
“We don’t even know how to celebrate,” Reyes said.
However, the co-presidents said they wanted students to know the true meaning behind Cinco de Mayo, which is celebrated more widely in the United States than in Mexico.
1. Don’t know how to celebrate Cinco de Mayo
2. Sent out a letter telling people they were insensitive for eating Mexican food on a holiday that they don’t know how to celebrate
3. Are not Mexican
4. Decided to sensitively celebrate Cinco de Mayo by toasting marshmallows
5. And they targeted a holiday that is hardly even thought about in Mexico
Romero said he thought it was particularly strange that the letter targeted a holiday that isn’t considered a major occasion in Mexico.
“There’s other holidays that are more important in Mexico,” Romero said. “You have an extra day off, and you might go out and party. … My friends in Mexico probably drank tequila and ate tacos after.”
Ah, but it’s not strange. This isn’t real culture. It’s the artificial culture of political correctness.
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