Is it wrong to eat tacos?

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I read a news story today about college campuses around the country that are under fire, with administrators racing to microphones to apologize for the insensitivity of its staff and student body, for the utter display of racism exhibited when cafeterias and Greek organizations offer “all you can eat” taco bars.

You can read the story by clicking here.

That’s right folks.  The thought police are clamping down hard on the overt racism exhibited when white people celebrate Mexican culture.

Stanford Daily refers to that activity as “cultural appropriation,” which it defines as “actions that trivialize aspects of a culture by not respecting a custom’s symbolic significance or the history of a style of dress or other artifact.”

Cafeteria workers who wear sombreros, or the act of offering chocolate mustaches for dessert, caused one or two offended Latinos to scream racism. Nobody reacts to the word “racism” faster than university officials who immediately roll over and wet themselves whenever a member of a protected class is offended for any reason.

So, if Latinos are offended by racist taco bars at college campuses, certainly they would be offended by free tacos or serving enchiladas as part of a charity fundraiser at a campground.

And, to play it safe, RV parks probably shouldn’t offer pizza, spaghetti, fried rice, “french” fries, Canadian bacon, or even Pop Tarts. (Genuine Hollywood Pop Tarts might be offended.)

Nor should RV parks plan Oktoberfest weekends, Christmas in July, or other similar events which elevates one culture over another, if only for a weekend.

This Friday, I will be in my hometown of Stoughton, Wis., to celebrate Syttende Mai — the city’s annual recognition of Norwegian independence.

Those pesky subversives, who may be trying to impose Norwegian values and culture on unsuspecting children walking puppies and eating ice cream, have been known to dish up such culturally insensitive foods as lefsa, krumkakke, and gravlaks and lutefisk.

Everyone wears red, white and black outfits and claps loudly and in unison as brainwashed high school students perform traditional Norwegian dances before throngs of racist Wisconsonians.

But, a good time is had by all.

I lived in Stoughton 20 years before moving to Arizona, and I still don’t know what lutefisk is made of, or why people dare eat it.

But, I can tell you for certain, the residents of Stoughton — who are mostly Norwegian and descendants of people who legally immigrated to America — are not at all offended by non-Norwegians celebrating their culture and history.

On the contrary, it’s encouraged. In fact, if you walked up to someone dressed in traditional Norwegian garb and asked him or her to tell you a good Norwegian joke, chances are high you’ll hear several that describe the antics of Sven, Ole and Lena.

The real joke is how badly America has declined as evidenced by how white people serving tacos is considered to be yet another sign of “racism” — and the fact respected, educated individuals actually believe the charge and seek to remedy such foolishness.

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Greg Gerber

A native of Wisconsin who moved to Arizona in 2009, Greg Gerber is a DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three grown daughters. He worked as a journalist for many years before pursuing a career as a faith-based writer, author, coach and speaker. Greg is the author of Pornocide: How Lust is Killing Your Faith, Stealing Your Joy and Destroying Your Life.

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