Culture

University Bans Mexican Restaurant from Giving Its Students Sombreros Because Sombreros Are Racist

Well, obviously.

A Mexican restaurant was handing out free sombreros to college students at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England — apparently not realizing that colleges are nuts now and sombreros are one of the 9 million things that are now considered racist on campus.

Pedro’s Tex-Mex Cantina was handing out the hats at the school’s Fresher’s Fair as a fun little form of advertising. Unfortunately for them, however, the promotion backfired bigtime when horrified university officials stepped in and demanded that that the restaurant stop doing something so racist. According to an article in The Telegraph, the officials also took the sombreros away from students who had managed to get their hands on one before the ban.

There’s no word yet on whether or not sombreros are allowed elsewhere on campus or whether or not school officials will conduct room searches to ensure that students are not smuggling the contraband hats onto campus from other sources.

Although this whole thing might (should) seem a little (very) ridiculous to any reasonable person, school officials maintain that the hats amount to “cultural appropriation” and are therefore a violation of the advertising policy sent to all stall-holders of the university fair at which the restaurant was doing the promotion, according to the Telegraph.

“Discriminatory or stereotypical language or imagery aimed towards any group or individual based on characteristics will not be permitted as part of our advertising,” the policy states.

#share#​The Telegraph reports that although many students were upset about the ban, Campaigns and Democracy officer Chris Jarvis insisted that it was for their own good. After all, he said, having sombreros at the student union would just be too big of a threat to students’ emotional safety:

“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 said.

Most Popular

Politics & Policy

The Other Case against Reparations

Reparations are an ethical disaster. Proceeding from a doctrine of collective guilt, they are the penalty for slavery and Jim Crow, sins of which few living Americans stand accused. An offense against common sense as well as morality, reparations would take from Bubba and give to Barack, never mind if the former ... Read More
Politics & Policy

May I See Your ID?

Identity is big these days, and probably all days: racial identity, ethnic identity, political identity, etc. Tribalism. It seems to be baked into the human cake. Only the consciously, persistently religious, or spiritual, transcend it, I suppose. (“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor ... Read More
Culture

White Cats and Black Swans

Making a film of Cats is a bold endeavor — it is a musical with no real plot, based on T. S. Eliot’s idea of child-appropriate poems, and old Tom was a strange cat indeed. Casting Idris Elba as the criminal cat Macavity seems almost inevitable — he has always made a great gangster — but I think there was ... Read More