This month, a tiny minority of Latino students has effectively banned everybody else on college campuses from having a good time celebrating Cinco de Mayo, a once-obscure Mexican holiday that was popularized by the makers of Corona beer.
For example, the all-you-can-eat “Pi Phiesta” taco bar fundraisers that some chapters of Pi Beta Phi sorority throw each year around Cinco de Mayo to raise money for local charities are likely going extinct thanks to the forces of political correctness.
Pi Beta Phi’s May 5 fundraiser was dramatically altered by the sorority’s chapter at Stanford University, reports The College Fix.
The sorority felt compelled to change its “Pi Phiesta” into an ocean-themed party where tacos happened to be served.
In the future, “Pi Phiesta” fundraisers are probably not long for this world because, as The Stanford Daily notes, critics call Cinco de Mayo celebrations involving tacos “cultural appropriation” — “actions that trivialize aspects of a culture by not respecting a custom’s symbolic significance or the history of a style of dress or other artifact.”
Pi Beta Phi’s national office has advised its local chapters to avoid all taco-eating around Cinco de Mayo.
“While a couple of Pi Beta Phi chapters have held Pi Phiesta fundraisers, that theme is not recommended and only a few of our 136 chapters host one,” a Pi Beta Phi spokeswoman told The Fix.
More politically correct Cinco de Mayo hysteria broke out all over the country this month, including at Dartmouth College, America’s most hopelessly and disturbingly fragile Ivy League school.
Problems arose because a single student, junior Daniela Hernandez, was offended by a “Phiesta” fundraiser for cardiac care that the Phi Delta Alpha fraternity and the Alpha Phi sorority had planned to jointly sponsor. (RELATED: It’s Official: At Dartmouth, The Word ‘Fiesta’ Is Racist And White People Can’t Use It)
At UCLA, anonymous individuals hung a big, garish banner outside of Haines Hall – home to school’s anthropology and sociology departments – entitled “Quick Guide to a Racist-Free Cinco de Mayo.” The stern banner warned students not to wear sombreros, not to wear fake mustaches and not to speak poorly in Spanish.
At North Carolina State University, dining service employees were pressured into apologizing for providing chocolate mustaches for dessert in celebration of Cinco de Mayo.
Similarly, at the University of Maryland, College Park, a couple of Latino students raised a huge fuss after two dining services workers donned sombreros and pretend mustaches during a Cinco de Mayo dinner.
Last May, Northwestern University sent a campus-wide letter that advised students not to celebrate Cinco de Mayo by engaging in racially-offensive activities, such as eating tacos and drinking tequila. Mexican students responded by voicing strong disagreement. (RELATED: Latino Student Group Says Eating Tacos Is Offensive To Mexicans)
In a related story, students in a California school district were not allowed to wear American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo due to concerns that such displays of patriotism would inflame racial tensions by offending Mexican students on the holiday. (RELATED: Students, It’s Illegal To Wear An American Flag Shirt On Cinco De Mayo)