Tequila shots, eating tacos, and sombreros offend Mexican university students

A Northwestern University Mexican student group finds “eating tacos and drinking tequila” to celebrate Cinco de Mayo racially offensive, and wants to see the practice come to an end.


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In a letter to the university’s paper, the Latin student group Alianza called for a “respectful” celebration to commemorate “the Battles of Puebla, in which a vastly outnumbered, under-equipped Mexican army twice defeated the well-armed, well-trained French army, which had not lost a battle in over fifty years,” according to The Daily Caller.

This is not unlike a uniquely American holiday, which commemorates the moment when 56 men affixed their signatures upon the Declaration of Independence to “mutually pledge to each other [their] lives, [their] fortunes, and [their] sacred honor.”

What followed was a bloody 8-year war “in which a vastly outnumbered, under-equipped” rag-tag group of patriots “defeated the well-armed, well-trained [British] army, which had not lost a battle in over fifty years.”

The letter from Alianza continues:

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.

Americans traditionally celebrate every Independence Day by drinking way too much beer, eating way too many hot dogs and then capping the day by watching in awe a local fireworks display.

My point is simply this.

We Americans are a gregarious lot, and as such, we’ll find any excuse for a party, even if we have to search outside our own national boundaries to do so. That includes Bastille Day, and yes, Cinco de Mayo.

So my advice to Northwestern University’s Mexican students is to buck up, grow some skin, enjoy the day and be thankful that we don’t celebrate by mimicking a group of marauding Mexican drug lords or fence-destroying illegal immigrants.


  • Jack Furnari

    As an American of Italian descent, I hereby declare that I will not be offended, outraged or appalled if anyone, for any reason, eats pasta or any of the amazing food my ancestors brought to this country. In fact, I encourage everyone to have a cannoli with an espresso and a shot of Sambuca after dinner. It does wonders for the disposition.

    • charro

      Italian americans have already been complaining for a long time about depiction of italian americans as greasy hair mafiosi.

      But, I agree with the article. Ridiculous complaint.

      • Bob

        There's a bit of a difference between being called a murderer and some one eating a taco.

    • Bob

      I'm having spaghetti tonite. No offense.

  • Banana Republic

    Sambuca is an elderberry, honey and anise-flavoured, usually colourless liqueur.

    A traditional Italian preparation is served with three coffee beans representing "health, wealth, and happiness", dropped into the drink

    • Bob


  • bill

    Next up St. Patty's day? Naw.. We Irish like the company of an Irishman for a day… You'd think the Mexicans would too!…

  • mark wiley

    I will eat and drink what I want any day of the year, if you do not like that go home.

    • http://BizPac Diana


  • http://yahoo Wanda Tappe

    Sorry Alianza, but the Mexican people living in this country, the LEGAL Immigrants, are the ones who started the Cinco de Mayo holiday. If you are so offended by the eating of tacos, drinking of tequila shots and wearing of sombreros, then I think you should all immigrate back to MX so you will no longer have to cry about celebrations in the US! The US has all kinds of celebrations that all kinds and ethnics enjoy whether they are actually related to them or not. It is all done in fun and has never intended to offend anyone.

    So Again, if you are so offended Please return to MX as we won't miss you here!


    An American Patriot who celebrates all kinds of holidays!

    • Mike Mahr

      I live in Soledad, CA, and it's an annual event called, "Tacos and Tequila". As a Gringo, you just insulted around 75% of my town. Grow up and drop your PC drama classes.

    • dwayne

      Cinco de Mayo was promoted by Corona and it's importer to sell beer. A gimmick that has worked quite well.

  • amyb

    Oh for pity's sake. Pull up your man pants and get over it. If you are that offended look south, there's the border, don't let it hit you where God split you on the way back over the fence.

    • http://BizPac Diana

      Correct. We are a melting pot of many cultures, peoples and their ways. Quit your whining and get in the mix or leave. We won't miss you whiners.

  • deb

    Sorry, but, this Nortwestern U student group IS the epitome of offensive! The US culture has and will continue to celebrate significant dates/events with food, beverage, and cheer. If these racial based mind sets from NU dont like the menu, then BYO, another US cultural cheerful gesture! Actually, this group reminds me of student "potheads" with nothing intelllectually valuable to contribute ….. dulled senses!

  • Jason

    The first thing that went through my mind while reading this is…"This isn't Mexico". The best thing is for the university, the student body, other people of Mexican heritage who "get it" to tell this group to shut the hell up. If they are offended at the way a holiday is celebrated then they should exercise that great American ideal called freedom and go somewhere else.

  • Sands


    I agree. We should not celebrate any Mexican cultural events or holidays here in the US.

  • Robbins Mitchell

    Can I chingado a puta?

    • Denise Bowen

      This is STUPID! Here, in Southern California about 80 miles north of the border, la raza con los gringos drink tequila, eat tacos, have a tamale festival and even wear wide-brimmed hats, sombreros, to keep the sun off our heads! These culitos have too much time on their hands – maybe they should visit their muchachos down here, work up a sweat and enjoy a cerveza!

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