Last week, social justice fascists in Portlandia shut down a burrito cart because it was operated by white women, and then went on to publish a list of “ethnic” restaurants run by white people so that enlightened progressives could boycott them.
This week, a self-described “Mexican” writing in a lefty rag says there’s nothing wrong culinary cultural exchanges.
The Mexican restaurant world is a delicious defense of cultural appropriation—that’s what the culinary manifestation of mestizaje is, ain’t it? The Spaniards didn’t know how to make corn tortillas in the North, so they decided to make them from flour. Mexicans didn’t care much for Spanish dessert breads, so we ripped off most pan dulces from the French (not to mention waltzes and mariachi). We didn’t care much for wine, so embraced the beers that German, Czech and Polish immigrants brought to Mexico. And what is al pastor if not Mexicans taking shawerma from Lebanese, adding pork, and making it something as quintessentially Mexicans as a corrupt PRI?
In other words, food gets better because of the willingness to experiment with techniques and ingredients used by others; to mix and match them, often producing new dishes that are better than baseline dishes. Gee, some folks would even call this, “Embracing Diversity.”
To suggest—as SJWs always do—that Mexicans and other minority entrepreneurs can’t possibly engage in cultural appropriation because they’re people of color, and that we’re always the victims, is ignorant and patronizing and robs us of agency. We’re no one’s victims, and who says we can’t beat the wasichu at their game?
Fortunately, plenty of white progressives were available in the comments to lecture the disobedient minority and set the boy’s mind right.