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Shaming Restaurants.

Idiocy has reached new heights.

If you’re a white person, you have no business running a restaurant that serves Asian, Latin, African, or Indian cuisine.

That’s according to the creators of a “white-owned appropriative restaurants” list, which accuses several Oregon establishments of engaging in cultural appropriation—a tool of “a white supremacist culture.”

The list, a Google Docs spreadsheet, includes about 60 Portland-area restaurants, the names of their white owners, and the kind of cuisine they serve. (For example, the list informs us that Burmasphere “was founded by a white man who ate Burmese food in San Francisco.”) The spreadsheet also lists competing restaurants that are owned by people of color and urges customers to try them instead.

“This is NOT about cooking at home or historical influences on cuisines; it’s about profit, ownership, and wealth in a white supremacist culture,” wrote the spreadsheet’s authors. “These white-owned businesses hamper the ability for POC [people of color] to run successful businesses of their own (cooking their own cuisines) by either consuming market share with their attempt at authenticity or by modifying foods to market to white palates. Their success further perpetuates the problems stated above. It’s a cyclical pattern that will require intentional behavior change to break.”

The “success” the restaurants have is based on the quality of food and service. That is why people go the the establishment – to get good food and service. Furthermore, if you don’t want to patronize a certain business, here’s a radical thought:

DON’T GO TO THE PLACE!

Apparently this list came in response to an article written on the WillametteWeek website profiling a food cart where two women made tortillas. The owners said this:

“I picked the brains of every tortilla lady there in the worst broken Spanish ever, and they showed me a little of what they did,” Connelly says. “They told us the basic ingredients, and we saw them moving and stretching the dough similar to how pizza makers do before rolling it out with rolling pins. They wouldn’t tell us too much about technique, but we were peeking into the windows of every kitchen, totally fascinated by how easy they made it look. We learned quickly it isn’t quite that easy.”

[….]

“On the drive back up to Oregon, we were still completely drooling over how good [the tortillas] were, and we decided we had to have something similar in Portland,” Connelly says. “The day after we returned, I hit the Mexican market and bought ingredients and started testing it out. Every day I started making tortillas before and after work, trying to figure out the process, timing, refrigeration and how all of that works.”

Well, she figured it out.

Some people went nuts, accusing the two women of “cultural appropriation” and “stealing.”

All because the women liked a certain food and took the time to learn how to make it.

Apparently in the eyes of some, being a white person means you can’t learn to cook and sell anything other than, well, we aren’t sure what you could cook and sell.

The odd thing is that these same “social justice warriors” have no problem with selling sandwiches, or meatballs, or pizza or anything from another “culture.”

This list and hysteria over two women making a product that people thought was tasty is nothing more than racism. That’s it. If a Mexican woman were making the tortillas, that would be fine. But two white women? No way, Jose.

The bottom line is that it always seems to us that there are people who scream about equality and not looking at a person’s gender or ethnicity and they yell when you don’t take their gender and ethnicity into account.

“Equality” doesn’t mean “equality” in the eyes of these people.

“Equality” means “we can discriminate all we want.”

Hypocrites all.

And the food cart that was selling the tortillas, they closed because of threats to their business and to themselves.



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2 Responses to “Shaming Restaurants.”

  1. […] Raised On Hoecakes covers shaming restaurants […]

    • AAfterwit says:

      Lee,

      It is an interesting point of view and one that somewhat goes along with our belief that America was and still should be a melting pot of ideas and cultures. If people want to make and serve a certain product or food, it is because they like the thing and think people will like it too.

      That being said, we weren’t thrilled by this paragraph:

      For their enthusiasm, the women have received all sorts of shade and have closed down their pop-up. To which I say: laughable. The gabachas (foreigners) knew exactly what they were doing, so didn’t they stand by it? Real gumption there, pendejas (assholes.)

      The women received threats against their person and property. It is not wrong to say “I am not putting my life in danger over food.”

      The condemnation should not be on the actions of the women in shutting down, but rather the actions of the people who made the threats.

      Other then that and the self promoting “I wrote a book!” self promotion from the author, it was a good response.

      A. Afterwit.

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