UC Davis Students Protest Racially Insensitive Party

Richard Chang, Sacramento Bee, May 2, 2014

A Mexican-themed drinking party promoted by employees of the student-run Coffee House at UC Davis has roiled the campus, threatening to ignite racial tensions even as the university ramps up admission for minorities and international students.

Clad in red T-shirts and chanting slogans, about 100 UC Davis students participated Friday in a sit-in at the Coffee House, urging a boycott of the cafeteria. The protest came after some Coffee House employees promoted an off-campus party at a local park Saturday that they dubbed “Cinco de Drinko,” a name university leaders said had strong connotations of racism.

The Facebook event page for Cinco de Drinko included a picture of four male students, wearing sombreros, trying to hop a chain-link fence while two female students in Border Patrol attire smile.

UC Davis officials and student leaders quickly condemned the planned party, which has since been canceled. During an impromptu meeting at the Coffee House, protesters told Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi they felt unsafe on campus.


Katehi vowed to use education to prevent similar controversies in the future, suggesting that instructional requirements could be changed to mandate a diversity course.

“There’s no way we can change them,” she said, pointing to a few students standing around who were wearing sombreros. “It’s up to the rest of us to make sure we move forward.”

Jonathan Beatty, one of the students wearing a sombrero during the protest, said he doesn’t think a drinking-themed party for Cinco de Mayo is racist, likening the holiday to St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

“People were being overly sensitive,” Beatty said.

The Saturday party would have taken place on the last day of La Raza Cultural Days, a weeklong celebration of Chicano and Latino cultures organized by the UC Davis Cross Cultural Center. Cinco de Mayo, a traditional celebration of Mexican heritage, takes place Monday.

Cinco de Drinko would have been the second racially insensitive event hosted by Coffee House employees in less than a month. The other party, “Holy Land,” encouraged attendees to dress up as terrorists and religious deities, said Armando Figueroa, president of the Associated Students of UC Davis.

Coffee House is a unit of the student government, which in turn is a department of the university.


An online petition demanding that the university hold organizers of the party responsible had generated nearly 1,500 signatures as of Friday afternoon. {snip}

Adela de la Torre, vice chancellor of student affairs, said officials are still investigating the incident, adding those responsible have already undergone diversity training. She said administrators are looking into internal sanctions for these students.

Coffee House Director Darin Schluep said his employees already participate in diversity training, but that the program would be expanded. “We take this very seriously,” he said.


The latest episode follows a push by the University of California to expand enrollment of foreign students to help offset state budget cuts. UC Davis plans to add 5,000 undergraduates by 2020, many of them international students who pay $23,000 a year more in tuition than California residents.

California’s changing demographics also have been reflected in the UC system. This year, Latino students edged up to 28.8 percent of admitted students, surpassing whites to become the second largest ethnic group behind Asian Americans. At UC Davis, 21.2 percent of freshmen admitted for 2014 are classified as Latino, up from 17.8 percent in 2012.


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  • MekongDelta69

    Chant, chant, chant.
    Protest, protest, protest.
    Destroy, destroy, destroy.

    Those are the only things useless people spend their miserable lives doing…

    • FeuerSalamander

      now they are going after anyone who cracks a smile, or has any fun at all.

  • D.B. Cooper

    How much more can you take, white boy?
    In celebration of Cinco de Mayo,
    Q: What do you call four Mexicans drowning?
    A: Cuatro cinco.

  • Hunter Morrow

    Cinco De Drinko
    How Rude To Think-O!
    We’ve lost the votes of lots of…
    Natural-Born Republicans!

    Cinco De Drinko
    Was There Cognac For The Missing Linkos?
    I’ve often thought, “This party could use more drunk blacks”
    Celebrate Diversity!

    • NeanderthalDNA

      Feliz cinco de drinko!!!!!!!

      Sounds like a great holiday…

      • We already have that, and it is called “St. Patrick’s Day”.

        • NeanderthalDNA

          College kids could always use another excuse to get blotto.

          Hmmm… Throw in “4/20” and sounds like a bleary three months before dropping out or graduating…

    • That last line should be “!Viva Diversidad!”

  • IstvanIN

    Why are they ramping up to admit more “international” students? Money, no doubt.

    Diversity: Means no fun for evil YT.

    • Reverend Bacon

      Except that they are now giving illegals in-state tuition. They get nothing, and like it, apparently.

    • LHathaway

      affirmative action females need someone to marry, as they have been for the particularly for the past 20 years or more. black men are passe.

  • So CAL Snowman

    “The Saturday party would have taken place on the last day of La Raza
    Cultural Days, a weeklong celebration of Chicano and Latino cultures
    organized by the UC Davis Cross Cultural Center.”

    Celebrating racist La Raza (literally “The Race”) Cultural Days is perfectly acceptable but an OFF CAMPUS Cinco De Mayo themed drinking party is not? Mexicans like Adela de la Torre prove daily what a disaster her people are for Western Civilization. Freedom and mexicans are mutually exclusive because mexicans are too emotionally fragile to handle true freedom. If this mexican, Adlea de la Torre, really valued American Freedom and justice, she would have absolutely no problem with an off campus Cinco De Mayo themed party.

  • Katherine McChesney

    I think it is hilarious and a fitting name for the holiday.

  • dd121

    The problem with the stereotype of the hard-drinking, dirty, violent Mexican is that it only fits about 95% of their population. The other 5% may feel offended.

    • Hunter Morrow

      I’m reminded by Colin Quinn’s response to religious and race pathology…

      “We mustn’t let a few million rotten apples spoil the bunch!”

  • Hunter Morrow

    Cinco De Drinko
    But half of ’em were Dink-os!
    Luckily, some of the cuisine is rice-based
    Only in Califoreigna!

  • Hunter Morrow

    Cinco De Drinko
    Was Protested By Pinkos
    At the Cis-gendered Smash the Patriarchy Mixer
    Free Condoms and Amyl Nitrate!

    • DonReynolds

      Peach brandy and spit.

      • NeanderthalDNA

        Guess the kids can’t have any fun these days unless they’re putting their fists into some White person’s head, eh?

        Cinco de Drinko! Ayayayay!

  • Alexandra1973

    Here’s one (it’s a joke btw) :

    Most people don’t know that back in 1912 Hellman’s mayonnaise was
    manufactured in England. In fact, the “Titanic” was carrying 12,000 jars
    of the condiment scheduled for delivery in Vera Cruz, Mexico which was
    to be the next port of call for the great ship after New York City.

    Mexicans were crazy about the stuff.

    The Mexican people were eagerly awaiting delivery and were
    disconsolate(“desperados”) at the loss. So much so that they declared a
    national day of mourning which they still observe today.

    It is known, of course, as …sinko de Mayo.

    • shawnmer

      Oh, boooooo! Lol …

    • PvtCharlieSlate

      I’ve found that there are lots and lots of frijoleros who have absolutely no idea what the 5th of May celebration is all about. (It was a battle that the Mexican Army won at long odds against the French in 1862 or ’63 while we were occupied with our Civil War.) They seem to think it’s a generic Hispanic holiday. I think I could pass this story off on some of them.

      • JDInSanD

        Imagine if this country had a holiday for every battle won? We’d probably have several for every day of the year.

  • Romulus

    In support of the students unable to wear the American flag today in California, I flew the flag high today for all haters to see.
    A few foreign dissenters gave me some challenging stares. I wishes them to engage in dialogue. It would have been fun for me.

    • SFLBIB

      “A few foreign dissenters gave me some challenging stares.”

      I’ve been to many countries, and I learned that occasionally one has to expect to see the flag of the host country, and if a flag is so offensive, one should find a different country.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    America is a white man’s country founded on freedom and liberty for white men. We should be allowed to do as we please. If Mexicans can laugh at whites and refer to them as “pinches gringos” and “pinches gabachos” in their country, we should be allowed to laugh at the far more hilarious Mexicans. Because of liberal propaganda, these non-white foreigners like to think of America as their personal piñata.

    • saxonsun

      It’s a white person’s country. Leaving out women is.. there’s no word for it.

      • FeuerSalamander

        There is a term for it “common sense”. You do not let those who lack common sense, and who have an inner drive to sabotage things, have a voice in running things. Never before in the history of this country did we ever have someone say we had to pass a bill in order to find out what was in it, but once we got a woman in power we got just that.

  • Reverend Bacon

    I think what’s really racist about this is that they were exercising creativity, and were thus offending those people who have none. Especially, if such creativity deficiency were biologically induced.

  • Diana Moon Glampers

    They should be barred from the coffeehouse for life and fined millions!!!

  • Alexandra1973

    I for one wouldn’t mind celebrating our independence from Mexicans…or their lack of dependence on us for freebies.

    You know what, the author of this article sounds like one of Mr. Engelman’s favorites.

  • MBlanc46

    Ah jeez, will this nonsense never end?

    • SFLBIB

      No. Liberalism is constantly expanding. “A” saying something outrageous means that “B” has to come up with something that out-does “A”.

  • Malgus

    Cinco de Drinko?

    BAHH-HAHAHAHAHA!!! Okay, that’s pretty funny…

    Just a bunch of Professionally Offended Humorless Prigs spoiling it for everyone else…

    • FeuerSalamander

      In the sixties and seventies the libs portrayed and accused the conservatives of being the humorless, dour,prudish, uptight, gray, buzz kill ones. In all of their television scripts and movies this was the case. In reality, we see that they are the puritans of our time. They are the ones who would die if they cracked a smile.

      • Malgus

        No kidding.. that seems like their M.O…

        You know, when I was active duty way back in the late, great mid-1980’s, on weekends we would sit in the dayroom drinking beer and thinking up insults to call each other. It was very “diverse”. The only thing that was off limits was family. The only thing that mattered was that your insult be creative and funny – emphasis on funny. We came up with the most vile, disgusting, and very funny, insults imaginable… racial stereotypes figured very prominently. We all gave as good as we got.

        Were there actual fights? Sure. But they were rare. You were expected to just cowboy up and take it. If you couldn’t deal with a few puny insults, how could you handle the rigors of combat?

        But nobody held a grudge and respect was given for speaking freely… man, I bet if some lib heard us back then, their head would explode or they would have an apoplectic fit…

        • FeuerSalamander

          This was before things were “feminized”.Women have a natural desire to shut down masculine thinking and behavior patterns. To them it is “bad”. The whole country has been feminized, especially the leadership of the republican party, and THAT is our problem.

          • Malgus

            I agree. Back then, the full force of Political Correctness and feminism hadn’t come to bear yet and it was still a warrior culture… it was freakin awesome. I didn’t see any females unless I wanted to see one, and then I went and found a girlfriend.

        • kikz2

          remember MAD magazine? there was an entire issue sometime in the early/mid 70’s devoted to racial epithets, it was ‘Don Ricklesesque equal opportunity offender’ gone to print, and yes, it was funny as hell! >:) wish i still had the issue.

          • Hallie Eva

            I saw an old MAD magazine featuring irreverent ethnic jokes.
            One was a catalog send-up dubbed, “L.L. Beaner,” with Mexican style clothing, wildly exaggerated, of course.
            Imagine pulling that off now. Hypersensitive PC liberals have no sense of irony whatsoever.

  • DonReynolds

    Cinco de Drinko……yeah, that must be insensitive. Maybe it should be…..
    Stinko de Mayo.

    • Alexandra1973

      Stinko de Drinko.

  • RHG

    Well considering Cinco de Mayo is nothing more then a made up holiday created by beer companies to sell more beer, Cinco de Drinko sounds pretty accurate.

  • TXCriollo

    God this world is going crazy, everyone is offended by every little thing.

    • SFLBIB

      Hey … victim-hood is where it’s at. If there aren’t enough real victims, new ones will have to be invented.

    • Oddly enough, this is called “tolerance”.

  • Puggg

    Cinco De Mayo is really nothing more than Cinco De Drinko, an excuse for gringos to drink.

    • Alexandra1973

      Same with St. Patrick’s day. What’s hilarious is that St. Patrick was a Scot who was taken into slavery in Ireland, or something like that…and he wasn’t Catholic, either.

      My son can celebrate (without alcohol) either way…he has Scottish from me and Irish from his dad.

      • FeuerSalamander

        He was WELSH! HE was born and raised into an upperclass Romanized British Celt family. His family DID belong to the Roman church! He was captured by Irish pirates and sold as a slave who was given the job as a sheepherder. During his time in “captivity” he reflected on how he had lived in Wales and realized that he had not been a Christian at all. HE had actually killed one of his servants in a fit of anger when he was in Wales and this was considered totally acceptable to the “Christians” of Roman Britain. He eventually escaped his bondage and made his way back to Albion (Britain). He was drawn back to Ireland though because he had grown very fond of the Irish during his captivity and he decided to bring TRUE Christianity, not the self serving rhetoric that he had been raised with, to the Irish. This he did.

        • saxonsun

          Fond of the booze!?

          • FeuerSalamander

            why, because I corrected you?

      • saxonsun

        Actually, he was a Romanized Briton.

  • bubo

    Students have to be trolling their lib college administrations now. There is literally one of these “party outrage” stories every week.

    • FeuerSalamander

      sounds like young whites are not on board with the whole “give our birthright away to the black and browns” thing.

  • Truth Teller

    Why oh why do they insist on calling themselves chicanos. It is from the same word in Spanish and English, chicanery. It means cheating, scamming, con artist untrustworthy.
    A chicano means a person who practices chicanery, in other words, cheating scamming
    and not to be trusted.

    There are almost no European students at Davis or any other California college. They are virtually all asian and african. Wonder what they think of the Church of Perpetual Grievance? Black kids at some of the high schools have protested because of the cinco de mayo lunches and events.

    • SFLBIB

      “There are almost no European students at Davis or any other California college.”

      Sounds like they are almost at their goal of diversity Nirvana.

  • FeuerSalamander

    throw another party called “Stinko de Meh-hee-koh”. Send out fliers of the Italian flag with a fly in the middle, the flag of Meh-hee-koh. Elect a “pres-ee-dint” of the party,”pres-see-dint Manuel Labohr”. Give him the honorary “leaf blower”.

  • Truth Teller

    Only reason the messicens won the battle of Puebla was that the FRench had just arrived and their entire army was laid low with Montezuma’s revenge. After a few days for recovery and laundry, they marched to Mexico City and took over the country. The only reason the French left was towards the end and after our civil war we informed the FRench govt that Latin America was our sphere of influence and if they did not leave we would invade messico and “free” the country of foreign occupation.

    The FRench only occupied messico to be around in case the Confederates won the civil war. Since the feds won, there was no reason for the French to stay in messico.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    Massive third world immigration, multiculturalism and out-of-control black crime will bury the United States. This country is being destroyed by the people who were sworn to protect it. America stands alone in her hour of greatest need.

  • Greg Thomas

    “The Saturday party would have taken place on the last day of La Raza Cultural Days, a weeklong celebration of Chicano and Latino cultures organized by the UC Davis Cross Cultural Center. Cinco de Mayo, a traditional celebration of Mexican heritage, takes place Monday.”
    La Raza cultural days? Gee…who are the real racists here?

  • B.E.L.

    What an insult to the tens of thousands of drunk mexicans on Monday!!!

  • When I was a Santa Cruz undergrad, most of the partying I did was with my room mate at his geology department’s “beer hour”.

  • De Doc

    Speaking of Cinco de Mayo, a recent department wide e-mail sent out by HHS used the approaching holiday to praise the achievements of Hispanic employees and culture. What the hell does a specifically Mexican holiday have to do with someone from Puerto Rico or Cuba or Argentina? This is the silliness of our government.