Dartmouth College Controversy: Is a Burrito Racially or Culturally Insensitive?

Todd Starnes, Fox News, April 29, 2014

If U.S. News & World Report had a category for “Most Overly Sensitive Institution of Higher Learning,” Dartmouth College would win in a landslide.

The Ivy League school’s Greek community decided to cancel an upcoming fiesta-themed, charity fundraiser after a student complained that the event was culturally and racially offensive.

“As a Mexican-born, United States-raised, first-generation woman of color, it was sadly unsurprising that a culturally-themed party was seen as a casual venture for such a privileged institution such as Dartmouth,” wrote Daniela Hernandez, a student at the “privileged institution.”

Ms. Hernandez got hotter than a red chili pepper after the Alpha Phi sorority and the Phi Delta fraternity decided to host a “Phiesta” to raise money for cardiac care. Get it? “Phiesta.” Clever, right? {snip}

The Greeks were prepared to throw one heck of a party–complete with virgin Pina Coladas, strawberry daiquiris, chips and salsa, homemade guacamole and burritos.

I’m not sure if it was the guacamole or the burritos that sent Ms. Hernandez into a dither–but she fired off a letter to all sorts of Dartmouth bigwigs–including the person in charge of the “Office of Pluralism and Leadership” (that’s the office in charge of inclusion and diversity).

“There are various problematic structures and ideologies regarding a Cinco de Mayo-inspired event and I am sure that we, as a Dartmouth community, could learn from the extensive literature written about the Americanization of Cinco de Mayo and its construction as a drinking holiday in the United States, cultural appropriate and the inappropriate usage of cultural clothing, and the exploitation of groups of people and cultures for the sake of business opportunities,” she wrote in an email that appeared in the student newspaper.

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It wasn’t too long after Ms. Hernandez’s diatribe against the fiesta was published that the Greek community went into damage control mode.

Faster than you could say “pass the salsa,” the Greeks pulled the plug on their fiesta–apparently horrified that they had offended a single student–as in uno.

“We take these concerns very seriously,” student Courtney Wong told The Dartmouth. “And we want to make sure that we respect the diversity of the broader community.”

And then there’s this from Greek Taylor Cathcart: “We felt that the possibility of offending even one member of the Dartmouth community was not worth the potential benefits of having the fundraiser.”

Such hurt. Such anguish over beans and cheese wrapped in a flour tortilla.

Alysson Satterlund, the director of the Office of Pluralism and Leadership, explained the college’s position.

“Events that mock and marginalize others certainly do not reflect our Principle of Community and do not reflect values of inclusion, respect and a care for others,” she told the newspaper.

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  • MekongDelta69

    “There are various problematic structures and ideologies regarding a Cinco de Mayo-inspired event and I am sure that we, as a Dartmouth community, could learn from the extensive literature written about the Americanization of Cinco de Mayo and its construction as a drinking holiday in the United States, cultural appropriate and the inappropriate usage of cultural clothing, and the exploitation of groups of people and cultures for the sake of business opportunities,” Daniela Hernandez wrote in an email that appeared in the student newspaper.

    Did YOU talk like that when YOU were 17?
    .
    .
    .
    Nah – me neither.

    Grovel, grovel, grovel…

    • tlk244182

      When I was 17 (’75) I was a self-important liberal poseur. And as a matter of fact, I did talk like that, or at least write like that. Now I cringe when I think about it.

      • NeanderthalDNA

        “There are various problematic structures and ideologies regarding a Cinco de Mayo-inspired event and I am sure that we, as a Dartmouth community, could learn from the extensive literature written about the Americanization of Cinco de Mayo and its construction as a drinking holiday in the United States, cultural appropriate and the inappropriate usage of cultural clothing, and the exploitation of groups of people and cultures for the sake of business opportunities,”

        Just look at this paragraph. Look at the grammar, look at the sentence structure, the almost nonsensical use of big, academic words.

        This young woman must be evidence of the “dream” part of the “dream act”.

        Someone this illiterate…

        Gets into Dartmouth, gets graduated, and maybe just maybe…

        Becomes a wise Latina and ends up on the supreme court! Ah, the dream!

    • bilderbuster

      Forget the stupid Mexican Cinco de Mayo.
      The only “Drinking Holidays” White people celebrate are Oktoberfest and St. Patrick’s Day!

      • MekongDelta69

        Throw in New Year’s Eve too!

      • Katherine McChesney

        Every day is a drinking day in Mehico. A cold Tres Equis in Ensenada on a hot summer day.

      • rmk948

        Any excuse for a drinking holiday is OK.

        • bilderbuster

          I’d tell you that you sound just like a Mexican but my inner Irishman agrees with you : )

  • D.B. Cooper

    Good. Each and every white frat boy and sorority babe have already learned a valuable lesson in diversity. Are we allowed to tell Mexican jokes here on Amren?

    • MekongDelta69

      No señor. We might get all butt-hurt and ‘offended,’ b/c we’re all sooooo very ‘sensitive.’

    • Lagerstrom

      Do you know any good ones D.B?

  • Oil Can Harry

    College celebrates Cinco De Mayo with Mexican food?

    “These are such racist stereotypes!”

    College doesn’t celebrate Cinco De Mayo?

    “How dare you racists disrespect our heritage by ignoring us!”

  • guest

    A bit of advice for young White Americans thinking about attending college: Save your money for something useful. Don’t throw your money, dignity, and self-worth away on years of left-wing brainwashing because that’s the only thing that colleges and universities in this country have for the whites students who are able to go to college and it’s not worth going through that just so you can have a college diploma displayed on your wall.

  • Luca

    And this same whack-job mestiza will probably demand that Dartmouth recognize and celebrate Cinco de Mayo. A holiday that most Mexicans don’t even understand the history of. To them it’s just another reason to get drunk.

    • kikz2

      and fire off weapons skyward…………….like Christmas and New Year…. [email protected]@.

  • Tom Thumb

    My brother-in-Law went to Dartmouth and my sister graduated a nursing school on the Dartmouth campus back when it was an excellent college. Too bad this once outstanding school has sunk so low.

  • Truthseeker

    Meanwhile, this student feels empowered, knowing she can throw her weight around by playing the minority card. It’s so inspiring to watch the next generation of shakedown artists coming into their own!

    • Greg Thomas

      Yes, the word “empower” when used by diversity, means to attack Whites.

  • So CAL Snowman

    I remember when I was at UCSB we threw a Cinco De Mayo party with a giant Tecate pinata, we played hits like “De colores,” “los dias de la semana” and assorted ranchero music. We all dressed up like mexicans (I wore my Senor Frogs soccer jersey and drew a tear drop below my left eye) and we had kegs of Modelo. It was so authentic that actual mexicans (the squat day laborer type) showed up at the party expecting a bunch of other mexicans! It was hilarious.

    By the way, isn’t it cultural appropriation for a mexican born first generation woman of color to study at an American university founded by White people?

    • bilderbuster

      Did you play “Low Rider” by War?

      • Anglokraut

        I directed that song for my high school marching band’s Senior Show–it’s fun!

        Also, burritos are delicious, as is fried chicken, watermelon, lo mein, and any other “ethnic” food.

        When Whites find their backbones again, we must demand that hamburgers are a “White food” and only Whites are allowed to eat hamburgers in public.

      • Katherine McChesney

        I once rode in a Low Rider in Espanola, NM ‘the home of the dancing Chebbies”.

        • bilderbuster

          I once saw one roundin’ da corner on 2 wheels in Tucson.
          I thought it was going to tip over.
          It didn’t but it was still funny.

  • DudeWheresMyCountry?

    Let’s give this Mexican girl more of what she wants; all references and displays of Mexico or Mexican culture, no matter the vibe should not be tolerated in the US for fear it might be offensive… hey I’m offended when I see too much Mexican culture. I agree with her! It also reminds us how childish and narcissistic the typical entitled non-White usually is, she is okay torpedoing a volunteer charity event just so she can pretend she is damaged by it. She is damaged alright with all that savage, mongrel, cannibal blood coursing through her skull.

  • Geo1metric

    I guess parents no longer teach their kids that there is no inalienable right to not be offended.

    • Greg Thomas

      Her parents are illegal invaders. They are perpetually offended. Apparently, the pinata does not fall far from the tree.

  • dcc2379

    New Title?

    Beaner Begs for Better Behavior
    Juan Valdez’s Grand-nina Salsifies Phi Delta Shindig
    Lettuce Not Picked Here: Mexican Checks Privilege

    Too bad one of the white liberals at the fraternity didn’t say they were offended they couldn’t have the phiesta. That way Dartmouth would have reversed itself because they would not want to offend one person.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    Politicians and corporations love importing third world immigrants because they have such low standards and are easy to push around. They’re not like whites who will stand up to corporate bullying and fight for better lives for themselves and their children.

    Multiculturalism is all about divide and conquer. As long as the imported diversity is too busy ripping each other apart, the politicians will continue doing whatever they want.

  • Ed

    Ms. Hernandez is not the issue but the weaklings who would cancel an event over one protest.

  • dd121

    Oh darn, as an Irish-American I guess that means no more corned beef and cabbage once a year. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.

    • bilderbuster

      I’d be offended if you didn’t!
      These offensive little people need to be offended from time to time.
      Every time I read about Mexicans they are always bringing up the fact that they are Mexicans.
      They need to be reminded that they are Mexicans in OUR country!

    • MBlanc46

      To say nothing of paddy wagons. I’m hurt to the quick every time I see one.

      • Lagerstrom

        Hooligan too.

    • I haven’t had that in years, but I make a nice dish with bacon and either spinach, cabbage or radish leaves and potatoes. The greens get steamed with the slices of potato on top while the bacon is frying. When the potatoes are coming apart, the greens below are done. The bacon is done well before then. After that, everything go in the reheated skillet with the bacon. The water from the steamer goes in a bit later, and I stir in some flour to make a sort of broth, and then reduce it until most of the water has boiled off. I also add some pepper. It is gooey, but tasty. My great-grandmother Gerhart used to cook this with spinach, but I like it better with cabbage, I use the radish leaves whenever I buy radishes, as every part of that plant is edible.

      I think I should try this with chopped-up Brussels sprouts someday.

      • dd121

        That actually sounds pretty good. Is that a German recipe?

      • ShoutsAtTV

        I never expected food porn here!

      • mobilebay

        Make it cabbage and I’m there!

  • LIBERTYSINCURSION

    Diversity attacks once again. Whats the old saying, “you’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t”? However, in my humbled opinion, the more of these kinds of stories bubbling up from college campuses the better. Why? Well because I remember how my eyes were opened to the insane nation destroying anti-White agenda out there. It wasn’t an all at once sort of conversion. There were many little stories like this that were relatively insignificant on their own. However, after seeing these sort of stories over and over again. Their collective impact forced me to either drag my self from the vast lake of racial hypocrisy. Or remain submerged and die drowning in it. Clearly as you can see I chose life.

    Yet, I’m not totally sure I would have, had the collective hypocrisy of stories like this not forced me to. This girl is clearly offended by White people, and simply looking for a reason to express it. I mean really! Can you imagine an Irish student raising hell because some of their fellow classmates of the “La-Raza” variety. Dared to celebrate St. Patrick’s day by getting p#ss drunk decked out in four leaf clovers and plastic fighting Irish hats? Of course not! Because White culture, whether Whites like it or not, is the only culture in America where absolutely everyone is invited.

    • Mrfinoni

      I would wear a green sombrero!

  • IstvanIN

    I loved the character, Lisa Douglass, on Green Acres. She cracked me up, and that was a Jewish actress (though Hungarian born) portraying a Hungarian women, and her goofy relations, as being nitwits. Never once was I or anyone in my family offended. We laughed. It was a TV show. What is even worse is that this “phiesta” was simply a party to raise money for a charity. Absurd. But then again people with kidney disease are supposed to die graciously because Donald Sterling’s money is tainted because he hurt the feelings of black millionaire basketball players.

    • Katherine McChesney

      Do you remember Lisa Douglas’ “Hot Water Soup”?

      • IstvanIN

        Not that one, but I did like her “hotscakes”.

  • Pro_Whitey

    So some white guy, perhaps a legacy, had to be denied a place at Dartmouth so they could have this perpetually dissatisfied brown whiner? What a waste of a spot.

  • Mrfinoni

    lets just have European or Eurocentric themed parties from now on!

  • Conrad

    Psychosis (from the Greek ψυχή psyche, “mind/soul”, and -ωσις -osis, “abnormal condition or derangement”) refers to an abnormal condition of the mind, and is a generic psychiatric term for a mental state often described as involving a “loss of contact with reality”. People suffering from psychosis are described as psychotic.

  • Ella

    Actually, the entire theme is offensive since the party lacked crepes, good French wine and Cognac to toast Maximilian for shortly ruling Mexico. So sorry, in America, we do not celebrate Mexico’s coup d’état. Now Miss Snort will not find a burrito fund-raising function to be a “racist” stereo-type.

  • Donald

    They should all hang their heads in abject humiliation.

  • ViktorNN

    This is your brain on political correctness.

  • In order to be completely offensive, I made my family taco salads using “Rio Rancho” tostada bowls from Wal Mart for dinner on Friday: refried beans, diced onion, sliced radishes, sliced jalapenos, green salsa, sour cream, sliced avocados, lettuce, chives, melted cheese, ground pork, and diced tomatoes. I hope Hernandez is outraged. I also hope that someone at Dartmouth is looking up the New Hampshire state involuntary committal laws.

  • She lives in San Antonio, is interested in Hispanic this and Latino that, yet she feels the need to hoof it all the way to Hanover, New Hampshire to study it. You’d think there would be many better opportunities for her to immerse herself in that mumbo jumbo closer to home.

    • FlaVet

      Like south or east LA?

  • Diana Moon Glampers

    Finding good fresh sour cherries to use is a challenge in the US. They are grown here, but mostly frozen/canned, and when they are available ‘fresh’, the term isn’t quite true enough to make it properly. Also having enough tuica is a challenge (vodka is ok, but just ok, much like the not-fresh-enough cherries)

  • LIBERTYSINCURSION

    “actually I can” – So, you’re a student of Irish heritage who attends college at a gas station?

  • DudeWheresMyCountry?

    The whole idea that Mexican food is non-White is a lie. Mexican food didn’t exist until the Spaniards arrived. They used Spanish and Mediterranean recipes with many of the new ingredients they had in Central America, like maize. That is how Mexican food exists. If not for whitey Mexican food would be ground up corn in a stone bowl and a still beating human heart.

    • Ella

      Some of the sauces are also French origin to make the recipes “tastier.”

  • Truth Teller

    This happens every year. The colleges order every organization to celebrate drunko de mayo and when they do the Whites are accused of racism for everything they do. If they ignore drunko de mayo they are also accused of racism. In one of the Los Angeles colleges, a fraternity had a party and the flyer promised they would server Tequila and Dos Equis beer. They were suspended for a year, there was endless weeping wailing and caterwauling and there was an anti White march and riot. The rioters, mostly non student thugs and activists invaded the faculty club and lunch, trashed it and grabbed purses. Given the anti White bias and bigotry of college faculty, I only wished they burnt the faculty club down.

    We’re Whites, dammed if we do, dammed if we don’t.

  • FozzieT

    Dartmouth is in the business of churning out our future fascist enforcers. And the students learned an important lesson: if even one “person of color” feels offended or marginalized, it is their duty to immediately capitulate. They will do well in their future corporate careers.

  • Katherine McChesney

    Fat!

  • Stan D Mute

    Not entirely the case in my experience. I know several VERY well educated blacks who absolutely detest “enwerds”. I know several VERY well educated hispanics who detest chollos. I’m not entirely sure what separates the butt-hurt from the real achievers. Then again, none that I know studies “women’s studies” “African studies” “Latino studies” etc. My acquaintances studied English lit, math, science, etc.

    Perhaps the self-obsession that leads to studying oneself is the root of the butt-hurt?

  • Geo1metric

    Some many “struggles”, so little time.

  • Geo1metric

    who’s the White man with a gun on top of her??

    Ohhhhh….the oppression!!!

  • RHG

    I live in Tucson AZ and I had no idea that as I drive down the street and see all the taco joints that it’s all just a “mockery” of hispanc culture, I guess we need to shut down all the Taco Bells in America lest we offend even one Mexican.

    • Ella

      But real Mexicans eat there being cheapo fast foods! They also eat those fake burritos.

    • Katherine McChesney

      The smell of a Taco Bell makes me nauseous. I don’t know what kind of oil they use but it is nauseating.

      On the other hand, El Pollo Loco in Santa Monica was my favorite mexican fast food.

  • Chip Carver

    Is anyone able to find Ms. Hernandez’s SAT scores? Meaning her real SAT scores.

    I would be willing to bet that her scores are far lower than hundreds or thousands of whites who were not admitted to Dartmouth. As for the school itself, Dartmouth has proven to be prestigious in name only by allowing undeserving students, by the thousands these days, to gain admittance via being black, brown, or for being a part of the ethnic network run by the folks you can never mention. I am only half joking when I say that Ms. Hernandez’s complaint was probably written by one of the unmentionables.

    The fact that there is a “Ballet Folklórico de Dartmouth”, one of the things listed among Ms. Hernandez’s interests in her profile, and that her academic focus is on all things “Latino” proves that Dartmouth is like the majority of America’s former top end colleges; they’re Potemkin Universities.

  • Fr. John+

    “We felt that the possibility of offending even one member of the Dartmouth community was not worth the potential benefits of having the fundraiser.”

    “It is better for one man to perish (Jesus Christ) than that we lose our nation and position to the Romans.” – Pharisees, AD 33

    Why do I think these are one and the same mindsets?
    (Because they are)

  • Greg Thomas

    “As a Mexican-born, United States-raised, first-generation woman of color, it was sadly unsurprising that a culturally-themed party was seen as a casual venture for such a privileged institution such as Dartmouth,” wrote Daniela Hernandez, a student at the “privileged institution.”

    In other words, she is a militant DREAMER!

    • She’s also an obsessed nut-job. Isn’t a party like that really just about having some fun? I can’t imagine ethnic Germans pretending to be upset about a planned Oktoberfest event, and the drinking, the ethnic food and the ethnic music is a major part of that, too. If I had revealed myself to be as childish, self-absorbed and petulant has Hernandez has so effectively done, I would be acutely embarrassed.

    • William_JD

      Her grammar is terrible.

      • Yes, but thanks to Affirmative Action, Hernandez was admitted to an Ivy League university, where she does not appear at all grateful. The reason she’s majoring in Chicano Grievance Studies is because she would never be able to compete with white and Asian students in real classes. If she graduates, she will probably end up as a token “diversity coordinator” in some public-sector enterprise like a department of motor vehicles or a city bus system, where she will have ballooned into an embittered 300-pound shrew by the age of 30, though still childish, self-important and petulant.

  • Mark Caplan

    They need to change the name Dartmouth — dart mouth — because it’s offensive to the LGBT community.

  • Medizin

    Greeks should use their own culture….Greek. Are there any Greeks out there who’d be offended? Probably not, but they’d be called White ‘racists’ for not including non-White cultures. Let’s see…do we have a generic culture somewhere?

  • mobilebay

    I’m with Senorita Hernandez. The less we hear about Cinco de Mayo, and Mexico in general will suit me fine. I hope that her education will inspire her, as a “United States raised” woman, to take her vast knowledge to the “maligned” country south of our border and teach them that they don’t break into our country. That would be a true test of her patriotism.

    • Good point. I’ve never been to a Cinco de Mayo party because I am sorry the French lost (I don’t have to wonder what Hernandez would think of that).

  • Greg Thomas

    Did she get into Dartmouth because of her SAT score, or because she is a militant Latino activist?

  • bilderbuster

    Three words could have solved your problem LOL!
    Insurance.
    Jewish Lightning!

  • Truth Teller

    Great comments on the fox site. Best ever, “Chocolate milk banned as racist” How about banning bananas as racist? How about banning milk as racist? Come to think about it, some feminazi commie school teachers objected to the elementary school nutrition classes because of the emphasize on milk because milk is a eurocentric food.

    • Cattle-herding originated on the Central Asian steppes, and spread in both directions. In Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent, they consume large quantities of yogurt. Both it and cheese are so ancient nobody knows where they were first made.

      Feminizi commie lesbians are always on the lookout for something to become angry about. Why should an issue like milk products be any different?

  • Jkjljmt_Pqprpstt

    #RemoveBurrito

  • SFLBIB

    Those against the “phiesta” want to do away with the only diversity that people care about: a diversity of ethnic cuisine.

  • Needs to be transferred to Repatriation Studies.