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.


35 thoughts on “Tequila shots, eating tacos, and sombreros offend Mexican university students

  1. Libertylady says:

    Having lived in Mexico in years past, I can tell you that this particular holiday is not widely celebrated in Mexico, and is considered to be a minor holiday. It's really a creation of US-resident people of Mexican descent.

    If this offends these sniveling, hypersensitive metrosexual students, let them take it up with those who created it, and then just STFU.

  2. Charlie the tuna cat says:

    Are you kidding? If every country with a big victory over the French was to celebrate it every year, life would be pretty doggone sweet.

  3. Kenneth Clark says:

    Well, lookie there, another another snivelling little brat that thinls all is owed to them and brainwashed by the elite college professors on the US Taxpayer's dime, whining about not liking US culteral diversity.

    If its so darn bad here, give us our tens of thousands of dollars back and we will pay for a one way taxi for you and your dear professors to live pemanently south of the border so you can enrich your self in the Mexican University System at the expense of the Mexican taxpayers… Otherwise, shut up and drink your milk!

  4. TheLazyComic says:

    The whole idea of them being offended… OFFENDS ME.

  5. Mac says:

    I am equally offended by Mexicans who butcher the English language. Learn it or go back home. This is an incredibly ridiculous complaint.

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