10-12-2015, 02:46 PM
Join Date: Jan 2011
Clemson University Apologizes For Offending Mexicans By SERVING TACOS
Officials at Clemson University have apologized for serving a lot of Mexican food at a couple dining halls because two students found it offensive.
Clemson’s food-themed “Maximum Mexican” night, a student favorite, occurred on Wednesday night.
The two complaining students used the hashtag “#CUlturallyInsensitive,” reports Campus Reform.
One of the two students complained about the ongoing cafeteria fiesta by tweeting an image of cafeteria workers wearing sombreros. The caption of the tweet — which now appears to have disappeared — was: “Our culture isn’t a costume and we will not be mocked!”
Administrators at the taxpayer-funded public school in South Carolina reacted with a swift and abject apology for serving Mexican food.
Doug Hallenbeck, Clemson’s senior associate vice president of student affairs, explained that the choice to cook and serve food from Mexico “displayed a flattened cultural view of Mexican culture.”
“In the future, University Housing & Dining welcomes the opportunity to work with Hispanic and Latino campus groups as well as community members, staff and faculty to better celebrate the food and culture of this region and better educate the Clemson community,” the letter beginning “Dear Clemson Family” said.
“It is the mission of University Housing & Dining to create supportive and challenging environments that enrich and nourish lives. We failed to live out our mission yesterday,” Hallenbeck’s letter added about the Mexican food.
Clemson published similar-sounding apologies on Facebook and Twitter.
Some students on the Clemson campus disagreed with the students who were offended and the school’s response.
“This is something that Clemson Dining has done for years without any sort of backlash. People love the cultural nights in the dining halls,” senior Austin Pendergist told Campus Reform. “What’s next? Are they going to take away all potato based food as to not offend students from Irish decent? Remove the stir fry station so Asian-American students don’t feel as if they are being misrepresented? When does it end?”
Pendergist noted that the extent of “Maximum Mexican” night was “a couple balloons, sombreros, and some tacos.” He also recalled that the school’s cafeterias have a series of culturally-themed events throughout the year.
America’s college campuses have seen mucho kerfuffles about tacos and other Mexican food.
O brothers and sisters of ISH, the end of days are close at hand.
Also, the Spanish word for party, fiesta, is racist and white people aren't allowed to use it.