Friday, November 14, 2014

Mexicans seem to be the latest group who must be shielded from imitators

Imitation is often said to be the sincerest form of flattery but Leftists don't seem able to  consider that

It was to be a Mexican fiesta, complete with sombreros and ponchos. But Sydney University's annual staff Christmas party will be without a theme this year after students and academics complained it was racist.

The university's vice-chancellor, Michael Spence, has been forced to email all staff and tell them to ignore the suggested theme and dress code on the invite, which was sent to hundreds of staff.

"Some of you have since written to me or other senior members of the university to express concern about the theme of the party, particularly in light of recent tragic events in southwest Mexico that you may have seen reported in the media," Professor Spence wrote in his email.

"Our celebrations will proceed on 10 December, but I have today asked the event organisers to amend our plans so that the party has no particular theme."

Eden Caceda, an office-bearer with the university's Autonomous Collective Against Racism, told Fairfax Media that students were deeply offended by the invitation.

"We found it to be culturally insensitive, especially considering the horrible events that happened lately with the 43 children in Mexico," Mr Caceda said.

Mexican gang suspects have confessed to slaughtering 43 missing students and dumping their charcoaled remains in a river.

"We felt the vice-chancellor was perpetrating insidious stereotypes about Mexican people and its culture."

Mr Caceda, a second year arts student, said some people had suggested that the collective's stance was taking political correctness too far.

"I would say that is not the case. If you have any Mexican heritage in you, you would see this party as offensive and uninformed.

"I am Hispanic and I have some traditions from Mexican culture and the vice-chancellor's invite said 'bring your own sombreros and ponchos', which reduces Mexican culture to just a costume," Mr Caceda said.

"My family has a poncho and it is really important to us, and these people are treating it like a costume."

Mr Caceda said the collective managed to have a Day of the Dead party cancelled last year. The Day of the Dead remembers family and friends who have died.

"There is a push back on the idea that you can turn any culture into a dress-up," Mr Caceda said.



Stan B said...

Offense by Proxy, to things which nobody cares about.

Bird of Paradise said...

Dose anyone remember the FRITO BANDITO?

Anonymous said...

Why doesn't Sydney University hold a zombie theme instead or would that also be offensive to arts students and academics as stereotyping?

Anonymous said...

It would be surely be very difficult to have any kind of themed costume party or fancy-dress party that didn't have representations of stereotyped cultures or nationalities, or famous personalities from them.

Anonymous said...

The arsehole who complained comes from a family the immigrated from Argentina 40yrs ago. His family has a poncho and recognises some Mexican traditions. At last an offended person with a name clearly willing to make an idiot of himself by being offended on behalf of other who have registered no offence taken. What a class clown, literally.

Anonymous said...

Well, I have a raincoat that is really important to me. Does that mean that no one else can wear raincoats? Stupid biatch!

Use the Name, Luke said...

So if celebrating good things that are unique to Mexican culture is bad, does that mean they should be celebrating Mexico's "new" culture, drug cartels?

Anonymous said...

A significant part of the pre-european culture in mexico involved beheading enemies or cutting out their still beating hearts. For the last two hundred years life has been fairly cheap in mexico but the culture warriors chose to forget that. The native americans were worse and yet all the descendants of these violent cultures try to present the "nobility" of their heritage. Disingenuous at best and pure crap in all probability.


Anonymous said...

Africans in particular and others who whine about "colonialism" but then and now enjoy the fruits of western technology and civilzation. How much better would they have been left on their own. That will be a matter of opinion, but like King Canute they could never have stopped the tide of global change.
But despite being now "independent" they have their hands out for help at every turn, and cannot suppress overt corruption within their own ranks.

Jerry Doctor said...

Aren't Mexican theme parties just the tip of the iceberg? There are many other things we do that are "perpetrating insidious stereotypes about Mexican people and its culture."

Monday I will begin my protest against Taco Bell until they stop serving non-Latino people. I will battle against phone trees that allow non-Latinos the option to communicate in Spanish. Along with that their children will no longer be allowed to study Spanish in school. Can you imagine the pain these people must feel when they see some gringo driving a Lincoln MKX that was assembled in Mexico? And, while it will mean considerable sacrifice on my part, I am giving up Tequila.

There is so much one has to do when you are saving the world from racisim.

Go Away Bird said...

The zombies that vote demacrat