SC Mexican Restaurant Responds to Uproar Over Racist T-Shirts

Logan Smith, Palmetto Public Record, January 7, 2013

A Mexican restaurant in South Carolina is raising eyebrows for its T-shirts depicting “how to catch an illegal immigrant”—with old-style box traps using tacos as bait.

Taco Cid is located on Charleston Highway in West Columbia. On Sunday, the Free Times’ Corey Hutchins posted a photo of someone who appears to be a Taco Cid employee wearing the offensive shirt. If the shirt’s meaning isn’t clear enough, the letters are colored with the red, white and green of the Mexican flag.



After Palmetto Public Record’s story on the racist T-shirts went national on Monday, Taco Cid updated its website to respond to the controversy. “Our t-shirts were created as a witty and comical statement regarding ILLEGAL immigrants,” the statement reads. “There are NO racial nor hate remarks towards any specific ethnic group.”

This is, of course, a bald-face lie, since the T-shirts are clearly aimed at Latinos. As we reported above, the lettering uses the colors of the Mexican flag—and the taco trap wouldn’t make much sense if the shirt was referring to illegal immigrants from, say, Canada. {snip}


“As most tax paying Americans, we do believe ILLEGAL immigrants are taxing the system we support and live under, thereby, causing us to work harder and pay more taxes in support of their illegal activities which our government has simply chosen to look the other way.”


Taco Cid’s owner, Leanne Snelgrove, spoke to WIS-TV Tuesday afternoon: – Columbia, South Carolina |

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  • tony soprano

    We have a great sports bar here called tiajuana taxi with a very racist logo with a mustachioed little guy wearing a sombrero. The food is great and guess what. Among the staff and patrons not a mexican can be found. Funny I have found that mexican food at restaurants run by mexicans is just not any good.

    • The__Bobster

      That’s because every Hispanic that moves here thinks he can cook.

      Your bar should hire these gals:

      • Tim

        The picture of those girls has given me more hope than anything else I have read or seen on here in more than ten years… Funny that. I`m just left wondering if “I don`t cut grass, I smoke it” is a subtle dig at Chicanos or the most profound statement of White culture and solidarity made in a long long time. Thanks Bobster!!

      • Guest

        Hmmmmmm, a bevy of lovelies that aren’t afraid to call a spade a spade and didn’t catch hell for it? Hell, I’d hire them too!

    • saris1

      Except that’s not racist… Mexicans did invent the Taco, acknowledging it isn’t racist.

      The problem in America is the kids are kept so stupid in school they don’t even learn the definition of Racism.

      Now if I had a sign outside my store that said “All Hispanics are inferior and must be exterminated from the face of the Earth.” — That’s hella racist.

      • Nathanwartooth

        Is hella making a comeback? Haven’t heard it in a while, haha.

      • liberalsuck

        All they are taught is that racism=white people.

    • saris1

      Concerning the food… Most “Mexican” restaurants in the United States use Americanized recipes rather than the authentic versions. Burrito’s for example… are not supposed to have cheese, lettuce or anything else… except refried beans. So I try to keep that in mind… although most of the time (not always) I prefer the Americanized recipe.

    • OlderWoman

      ‘I have found that mexican food at restaurants run by mexicans is just not any good.’

      I’ve tried Mexican restaurants in my town in Tennessee. The food is nasty, unappetizing. Nothing like any Mexican food I’ve enjoyed in New Mexico and California.

  • Puggg

    This is what we might have to resort to, now that the Republocrats have just about enacted full-on amnesty.

  • Old Right

    I don’t think the restaurant is groveling. Remember, they HAVE to deny that this is racist. The worst thing you can do if you own a private business is to admit to something that can be considered a “civil rights” violation, and the wording on the T-shirts can be considered prima facie evidence of discrimination. Real rights, such as the rights to freedom of speech and association, are now considered to have been invented by dead white European males to oppress other groups. Consequently, these rights always take a back seat to the politically correct ones.

    • Non Humans

      “Consequently, these rights always take a back seat to the politically correct ones.”
      That is, of course, unless any of the libtards’ pet minorities are excercising any of them.

  • Unperson

    “As we reported above, the lettering uses the colors of the Mexican flag—and the taco trap wouldn’t make much sense if the shirt was referring to illegal immigrants from, say, Canada.”

    That’s because there ARE no illegal immigrants from Canada. Other than the occasional Canadian studying at a US school who overstays their visa, this category of human being doesn’t even exist.

    And even if there were Canadians jumping America’s northern border in significant numbers, they wouldn’t cause even one-percent of the problems caused by Hispanics. They’d just get their papers (the legal way, I mean), join the workforce, pay their taxes, maybe find an American spouse, and blend in.

    • George

      Not quite true. There are, indeed, illegals from Canada. About 65-75,000 according to most estimates. Conversely, about the same number of Americans live illegally in Canada, usually because they’ve married a Canadian.

      Not many. But we Canadians can blend in very easily IF we so choose. The fact is, we’re generally law-abiding people. We’ll immigrate legally if we for some reason want to surround ourselves with your AA society. No offense is intended, but I live less than 40 minutes away from Buffalo, NY. And my city of 20,000 has *maybe* a dozen blacks living here. Why in heaven’s name would I willingly give that up?

      What’s far more common is that upon retirement we’ll buy property somewhere down south and winter there. Canadians can stay up to six months without a visa, just so long as we can show means of supporting ourselves for the expected length of stay. We show up, we buy stuff. We consume services. We inject money in the local economy and pay all required taxes. We arrive with extended health insurance. Unlike those who are susceptible to taco-baited box traps, we’re something of a net benefit to you when we’re in the US.

      • Liberalsuck

        Well, at least the whites fleeing to Canada are law abiding, blend in well as you said, they are white like most Canadians, they are willing to work, they respect the country, etc.

    • Tim

      Back in the `80`s I made friends with a Canadian master printer and illegal immigrant. He was caught and deported three times. He told me they are called “Jet-backs”…. On his final deportation hearing a Hispanic bailiff made some remark and he turned to him and said, “I`m making $75,000+!! What are they paying you?!?’…

  • Eagle_Eyed

    “This is, of course, a bald-face lie, since the T-shirts are clearly
    aimed at Latinos. As we reported above, the lettering uses the colors of
    the Mexican flag—and the taco trap wouldn’t make much sense if the
    shirt was referring to illegal immigrants from, say, Canada.”

    The reporter is right, but unfortunately it hurts his case. Why is it, Mr. Liberal, that latinos from Mexico are much more likely to break US immigration law than Whites from Canada? Why is it a “stereotype” that hispanics in the US are more likely to be illegal than not when it isn’t this way for immigrant Europeans?

  • Garrett Brown

    Is this racist to latinos? Yes. Is there anything wrong with that? Nope.

    • Non Humans

      Maybe the slogan is a little pseudo-racist, but it’s not like the Canadians are invading us. The focus is on “Illegals”, which I guess saying that is racist now too. Anyone who calls out any of the libtards pet minorities illegal activities or statuses will get the label of “Racist”.
      Pretty soon, I think that the libtards will try put the “Racist” label on anyone training in asian martial arts, eating asian foods, learning new languages, etc.

  • The__Bobster

    I’m amazed at the “outrage” of the libtarded reporter Logan Smith. Is he getting some taco on the side?

    BTW, the site is full of Hispanic-loving libtards like Logan. I believe they need to be set straight.

  • ye ol’ swampyankee

    SC can start by removing those ugly “south of the border” billboards along I-95. Now it serves as free advertising, a welcome mat, for the real Mexicans!

    I’ve noticed much cheesy and Carny- like structures and advertising down there in the south. Driving through Chesnee SC recently, I had to contend with the latest eyesore, The big peach, which locals told me is referred to as the big butt because of the peaches lengthwise indentation resembling someone’s crack. It’s very prominent when seen straight on.

    Funny I suppose, by why shove this crack in everyone face?

    • StillModerated

      The peachoid water tower is in Gaffney SC. It’s next to Fatz which serves a most excellent Low Country Platter. I also recommend the SC chain called CookOut.

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

    Just think what they would do if there was a blond white woman under the box and it said “How to catch a black rapist.”

    • bluffcreek1967


    • Non Humans

      J Jackson, Rev Sharp, Farrakon, the MSM etc would be all over it. I bet more non-humans would fall for that trap than hispanics would, though.

  • bigone4u

    There are better ways to catch an illegal immigrant. For example, leave an iphone on the dash board of your unlocked car with the door booby trapped to set off a 12 gauge shotgun.

  • StillModerated

    Next time I drive I-20 I’ll be sure to patronize her business, and I’ll buy a T-shirt for sure. If illegal immigrants are offended, then tough $#!+! Quite frankly, I’m delighted they’re offended.

    • Liberalsuck

      I’m offended that they are here taking jobs. I’m offended they won’t speak English. I’m offended they tell me they are taking over my country. I’m offended I have to pay for their “little soldiers” and that they get free medical care and that they can get social security while calling me a racist the whole time.

  • Anders

    Isn’t this just the worst incident in recent history?

  • saris1

    What’s racist about it?

    • liberalsuck

      That nonwhites were offended. Next question.

  • DudeWheresMyCountry?

    Those shirts are racist and offensive! You know why? The author of the article, Logan Smith said so. Can anyone report news without adding their own ideology based, false moral high ground words anymore?

  • mobilebay

    Only mistake I see, is using the word “Immigrant.” If the restaurant wants to sell shirts, why use a PC term? The shirts should read, “How to Catch an Illegal Alien.” And, unless I’m color blind, the shirt looks “Hook-’em-Horns” orange.

  • Greg Thomas

    I didn’t know illegal was a race.

  • Liberalsuck

    I was going to support them until I heard they were a Mexican restaurant. I thought it was a white business owner with a pair and I was going to buy a shirt from him.

  • Boo hoo. That is nothing compared to ads that make whites look stupid and lazy. If we made a stink, we’d have to do it every hour of every day.

  • Pat Kittle

    This is beneath disgusting!

    Mexicans should refuse to come here if they’re going to be subjected to such horrors.