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When those celebrating a particular culture IE: ‘cultural appreciation’ are falsely accused of roll eyes…”cultural appropriation” and branded as “racist”.
A university has banned students from wearing sombreros after they deemed the Mexican hats to be ‘racist’.
The student union (SU) at the University of East Anglia ordered staff at Pedro’s Tex-Mex Cantina in Norwich to stop handing out the free sombreros at a fresher’s fair in a bid to boost business.
Officials at the university believe that it would be “offensive” for anyone who is not Mexican to be wearing the traditional headwear.
They say the restaurant broke an advertising policy that states: “Discriminatory or stereotypical language or imagery aimed towards any group or individual based on characteristics will not be permitted as part of our advertising.”
Campaigns and Democracy officer Chris Jarvis told student newspaper The Tab: “At the SU we want all members feel safe and accepted, so at all events we try to ensure that there is no behaviour, language or imagery which could be considered racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic or ableist.”
He added: “We know that when it comes to cultural appropriation the issues can sometimes be difficult to understand and many don’t realise that they may be about to cause offence or break a policy.”
Mexican souvenir vendors did not get the ‘whites wearing sombreros is racist cultural appropriation’ memo.
And neither did the British Mexican Society.
The British Mexican Society said they “applauded” any business for trying to drum up business.
Yesterday Pedro’s Norwich (Pedro’s Tex-Mex Cantina) responded to the controversy on Facebook:
‘We don’t hate, we celebrate.’
For anyone concerned about recent publicity, we just wanted to let you know that we are a fun loving restaurant serving Tex-Mex food, we are proud of our party atmosphere. Our restaurant is decorated with items brought back by our founders from all over the world, including sombreros which have been part of our service for over 20 years. These are traditional dress, and as a Mexican restaurant, in no way are we disparaging Mexican culture, only celebrating it. We would never intend any negative message to be taken from our hats.
Rebel Media’s Lauren Southern on “cultural appropriation” vs. “cultural appreciation“:
“It’s never called “cultural appropriation” when you wear a Viking costume, a kilt or other traditional “white” garb…”