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Cultural Appropriation

stevewi | Jun 8, 201710:28 AM

There's a huge uproar here in Portland (and maybe elsewhere) about two white women who went to Mexico, became enamored with the local tortilla-making process, came back to the US and perfected their knowledge through experimentation and opened a breakfast burrito food cart.

One of the alterna-news outlets here ran a story about them:

Immediately, all kinds of social-justice warriors started screaming about "cultural appropriation" these two women "stole" the tortilla recipe and were "making money" off the poor Mexican women they got it from. I can't post a link to the Portland Mercury rebuttal accusing the two women of "cultural appropriation" because the Merc has (wisely, IMHO) taken it down.

Cue the (international) public outrage and the death threats...doctoral dissertations to follow...

For an honest discussion of the issue by chefs, see:

Make sure you read this as well:

Suddenly, every white person who studies ethnic cuisine, ingredients and techniques and opens a successful restaurant serving such cuisine (looking at you Andy Ricker & Troy McLarty...and my sister-in-law for that matter) is now a "cultural approriator" and subject to outrage, protest, ridicule and sanction. Any person who patronizes their establishments is a co-conspirator in their master plan. No more pad thai for you! Grocery stores should stop selling pasta! Eating BBQ is a cultural sin!

This really smacks of the mindless protest that occurred last year over a restaurant in N. Portland with the word "colonial" in it's name and a drink on the menu with the word "plantation" in it. It seems to me that the objections are all from people who have too much education and too much time on their hands.

No one around here is screaming about the poor Germans, Dutch, Belgians, Czechs, etc. from whom Asian and Mexican brewers "appropriated" beer-brewing. Color me bemused... Portland has really become "Portlandia."

-- sw

P.S. This is an opinion post. No matter how much you may disagree with me, I don't care. I'm entitled (as are you). Flames to /dev/null...

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