May 29, 2017
The author, a white male, made a point of confessing his white maleness, if only in the form of an apology.
These white cooks bragged about stealing recipes from Mexico to start a Portland business….The problem, of course, is that it’s unclear whether the Mexican women who handed over their recipes ever got anything in return.
Of course. Pay no heed to the fact that this bullshit narrative runs entirely counter to what Liz Connelly claimed, which is that the Mexican women willingly offered the information about recipe ingredients”no coercion, much less “thievery,” involved”but refused to reveal their techniques to the gringo gals, who were such reckless colonizers that they didn”t press any further. Instead, the hapless white girls wound up staring through windows trying to figure out how these Mesoamerican handmaidens worked their culinary magic. They stole nothing.
Then again, some people only seem capable of remaining sane about their station in life if they can pretend that everything was “stolen” from them.
Let’s forget about the fact that the burrito has a mongrelized cultural history and as best we know, its first occurrence in American print came in 1934 and referred to a restaurant in the American state of New Mexico, not Mexico.
And let’s not mention”because it would be racist”the fact that if Mexicans were forced to do without all European inventions so long as they could have the humble burrito back, they”d be screaming their apologies and throwing their burritos over the wall that Donald Trump keeps promising to build. When one considers all the technology they”ve appropriated from the evil gringos”and how little they”ve contributed in return”howling about “cultural appropriation” is highly inappropriate.