From Campus Reform, one of two useful websites that peers into the sick culture of many indoctrinating left-wing educational institutions (the other is Campus Reform) comes the release of this jaw-dropping memo sent to students at Gonzaga University:
That Facebook entry links to a website listing “6 Ways To Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Without Appropriating The Mexican Culture.” The Gonzaga Facebook page includes a graphic with such advice as “don’t you dare put on that ‘sombrero,’” “acknowledge the stereotypes you have internalized and discover why they are problematic,” ““donate to organizations working for immigrant rights,” and “support AUTHENTIC Mexican businesses,” although “CHIPOTLE DOESN’T COUNT.” “Try a family-owned restaurant run by actual Mexican people (They have better food anyway. We promise.),” the graphic says. “Maybe even enjoy some authentic Mexican music.”
My immediate reaction to this ham-handed, bigoted message would be, after the obligatory “Bite me!,” to have lunch at Taco Bell, pull out those old Bill Dana comedy albums, and to watch “The Three Amigos.” Oh, and I will put on a sombrero (I own a great one, as well as an authentic Sioux headdress, three cowboy hats, a fez, a Viking helmet (not so authentic), a beret, and Kaiser Wilhelm helmet, and a jester’s cap), because I will wear anything on my bald head that I goddamn please, and if my attire offends someone, that’s their problem. I don’t wear any of those costume pieces as insults, and as a member of the world community, I will borrow, honor, emulate and appropriate whatever part of it that appeals to me. For I am a free citizen of the United States of America, and don’t order me to express myself as you would prefer.
Dr. Garbuio is a bigoted fool (she guarantees that food made by “actual Mexican people” is better? Why would that be? In truth, the best Mexican food I ever had in my life was made by my friend, the late Jeffrey Wayne Davies, a Welsh immigrant and graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Paris who opened the first, and finest, gourmet Mexican Restaurant in the Boston area. I’ve been searching for the equal of his mole chicken ever since. ) Her deceitful promotion of illegal immigration by Mexicans (immigrants, illegal immigrants–oh, what’s the difference?) is particularly hypocritical in this context. Students should support Mexicans “appropriating” the United States illegally, but dare not don a sombrero in their own country. This is the kind of progressive illogic that causes “Bite me!” to rise from my gorge.
An ethics-based memo about being respectful to those students celebrating the holiday would be fine, just as a St. Patrick’s Day memo suggesting that it is not a good day to mock the Irish, and all students should be respectful and considerate of others would be appropriate. However, telling citizens of, say, Boston that if they are not Irish they “don’t dare wear green” or sing “Danny Boy,” and that instead they should consider donating funds to Irish charities is more offensive than any sombrero.
That political correctness obsessed and nationality bigots like Garbuio have jobs on campuses is, to paraphrase John Dean, a cancer growing on academia. The way to excise the growth is to expose it, oppose it, and defy it.