Social justice warriors are confused.
That’s the most optimistic explanation for their insanely contradictory stances on multiculturalism. On the one hand, they say that all cultures are equal and should be equally appreciated. On the other hand, if you appreciate a culture too much, you’re guilty of “cultural appropriation.”
Then they go off to teach yoga, an age-old Hindu practice.
Arguments can be made against incidents of disrespecting certain cultural practices — but these obviously deserve to be judged case-by-case, as no one should have a problem disrespecting, say, the cultural practice of female genital mutilation. But SJWs aren’t doing that. Instead, they are demanding certain activities be limited to people of certain DNA.
Recently, a pop-up restaurant selling burritos was run out of town, and a listing of businesses guilty of the crime of appropriating another culture was circulated with the intention of doing the same to others.
A chef who lost his job due to this insanity is speaking out on RedState:
Hi, I’m James Patterson. No, not the author James Patterson — I’m the chef James Patterson. I used to work at Juevos Locos, in a little town called Petticoat, Oregon. That was until the town decided I was too white to flaunt their Flautas. Yeah, I was ousted in a coup-de-no-gracias.
I was well-behaved, studied the cuisine, and even went overboard with my ethnic pronunciations of enchilada and cilantro. However, it was no-es-bueno for me. Okay, I’ll dispense with the cute ethnic quips. I’m PISSED OFF.
The lefties are always yelling about equality and color-blind behavior. Does demanding a corresponding ethnicity from chefs to their menus sound like equality to you? Sounds like racial purification to me. I for one can’t follow their PC rules any more. Which is it lefties, racial equality, or racial purity? My guess is the best way to promote real racial harmony is to stop dictating which race should be doing what — but what do I know? I’m just a chef — a chef being maligned for color of his skin.
When they started questioning my ethnicity and asking if I really had the soul to serve these “dishes of struggle”, I was worried at first. Then, after a while I saw the handwriting on the wall and got angry. I felt myself wanting to force some of my traditional food onto the menu. I tried to sneak in some tuna fish & mayo on white bread, Sloppy Joes, and even my grandma’s home made Mac & Cheese. Nope. The frigging PC squad busted me again and warned that I was about to outed publicly as a food-racist, and that adding my “oppressive culture” to the menu would be “like a food lynching”.
Patterson goes on to note that there’s no reciprocation of this. It’s only about white Americans.
He notes that a local pizza place is run by people he worked with in the Mexican restaurant, for example.
While people think of celebrity chefs when they consider who is preparing their food, they don’t realize most chefs are blue-collar workers struggling to make a living, just like everyone else. By ousting a man who cared about his job and the food he loved preparing, the social justice jihadis have proven they don’t care about the people impacted by their ideology.
Their position seems to be: “To hell with white people, no matter what.”
Keep it up, SJWs, and you’ll create an even larger block of people who really don’t care what you have to say.