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The Southern Poverty Law Center sent out a tweet on Cinco de Mayo warning revelers not to participate in “cultural appropriation.”
“Most of the festivities surrounding #CincodeMayo in the US are textbook examples of cultural appropriation,” wrote the official account for the anti-racism and anti-extremism organization.
The article goes on to state the following:
The annual May 5 celebration has historically been observed to commemorate the Mexican Army’s unlikely 1862 victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, and it is often celebrated in United States today with tequila and Mexican food.
The SPLC tweet linked to an article from the nonprofit Teaching Tolerance, which complained “Mexican culture cannot be reduced to tacos, oversized sombreros and piñatas.”
“As Cinco de Mayo becomes more and more commercialized in the United States, we run the risk of deeply engraining negative and false images into our national conscience. Instead, teach your students the real, rich history of Mexico. And leave the fake mustaches and maracas out of it,” teacher Lauryn Mascareñaz wrote.
Most of the festivities surrounding #CincodeMayo in the US are textbook examples of cultural appropriation, relegating the history and culture of Mexican people to novelty items. Mexican culture cannot be reduced to tacos, oversized sombreros and piñatas. https://t.co/kffsaJWPUJ
— Southern Poverty Law Center (@splcenter) May 5, 2018
— Keziah (@daumkeziah) April 22, 2018
My culture is NOT your goddamn prom dress. https://t.co/vhkNOPevKD
— Jeremy Lam (@jere_bare) April 27, 2018
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