Politics & Policy

Student Who Complained About Sombreros at a Mexican Dinner Treasurer of Group That Used Sombreros to Advertise Mexican Food Event

The Clemson University student who got so upset about the way the school cafeteria used sombreros in its Mexican-themed food night was treasurer of a campus group at the time it used sombreros to advertise its own Mexican-themed food event. 

Earlier this month, junior Mitzi Gamez told Clemson’s newspaper, the Tiger News, that the school’s “Maximum Mexican” event deeply offended her in part because the people serving the food were wearing sombreros:

“@clemsondining why??? Our culture is not a costume & we will not be mocked!” she tweeted at the time, according to the newspaper. 

So, not wanting to upset her — and that desire to not upset her being far more important than the campus tradition that students had been enjoying — Clemson issued an apology, saying it had “failed to live out [its] mission” by doing something so awful. 

But here’s the thing: According to an e-mail sent to NRO from the current president of a campus group called Latinos Unidos, Xochitl Hernandez, Gamez was its treasurer in September of 2014 — when it advertised a “Super Taco Night” using a graphic of a Mexican man with a moustache and wearing a sombrero.

The “Super Taco” advertisement was initially reported by Badger Pundit. (By the way, the Mexican man on the flyer is also is also holding a taco and appears to be standing in front of some sort of liquor bottle.)

#share#Despite Gamez’s reaction to the “Maximum Mexican” event, she was clearly not all that upset when her own group did something so similar. In fact, Hernandez also stated that Gamez has been co-president of the group since March. Her current LinkedIn page identifies her as co-president as well. 

And there’s more.

The College Fix reports that Gamez had actually tweeted praise of the “cute sombreros” — yes, “cute sombreros” — that Clemson used in a “Fiesta Night” last April: 

Look. I’m a white girl, and I understand that that means I have no way of knowing what kind of anger and trauma that Gamez might have had to to endure upon seeing that particular kind of hat near a particular kind of food. 

I do know, however, know of one thing that does anger me: hypocrisy.  

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