Seriously? Clemson University’s Maximum Mexican Day Said to be Culturally Insensitive

Seriously? Clemson University’s Maximum Mexican Day Said to be Culturally Insensitive

In my universe, there is nothing better than Mexican food and cold Mexican beer. Deal with it. Clemson University has apologized for offending two (count em, two!) students who objected to the beloved yearly celebration of Maximum Mexican Day. A day that revels in tasty south of the border food, music and libations. My kind of celebration. That the university would grovel over this is disgusting. There is nothing culturally insensitive about this – in fact, it honors the culture, you twits. Many, many students can’t wait for the celebration – way to ruin it for everyone. The school let a couple of Tweets bring them to their knees – classy. I think I’d look for another place to go to school.

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From Campus Reform:

  • Clemson Dining issued an apology to ‘offended’ students after hosting a ‘Maximum Mexican’ food day.
  • Students took to Twitter to call the event culturally insensitive and to question the school’s efforts to promote diversity.

Clemson University issued an apology to students on Thursday after what appears to be a small group of students were offended by an annual Mexican cuisine event put on by university dining services.

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Clemson Dining’s “Maximum Mexican” night, has become a student favorite over the last several years, and this year was no different, at first.

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Everything was going great. Students were loving the food and festivities. Except for two students, who took to Twitter to voice their displeasure with the school’s decision to host such a “#CUlturallyInsensitive” event.

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While a few on Twitter were offended, the overwhelming preponderance of students registered absolutely no reaction at all. The one student who did respond to the Twitter complaints wrote, “I’m offended that you’re offended. #CUfiestafiasco.”

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Clemson senior Austin Pendergist told Campus Reformhe felt the post-event uproar was “ridiculous.”

“This is something that Clemson Dining has done for years without any sort of backlash. People love the cultural nights in the dining halls,” Pendergist said. “What’s next? Are they going to take away all potato based food as to not offend students from Irish decent? Remove the stir fry station so Asian-American students don’t feel as if they are being misrepresented? When does it end?”

The university, however, took a different position. Dr. Doug Hallenbeck, Clemson University’s Senior Associate Vice President of Student Affairs apologized for the event’s “flattened cultural view of Mexican culture.”

“It is the mission of University Housing & Dining to create supportive and challenging environments that enrich and nourish lives. We failed to live out our mission yesterday, and we sincerely apologize,” Hallenbeck said.

Dr. Hallenbeck went on to promise that the university “will continue to work closely with [its] food service provider to create dining programs that align with Clemson University’s core values.”

The university posted similar apologies through the Clemson Dining Services Facebook and Twitterpages. The apologies came after students complained that the Mexican-themed event was offensive.

One student tweeted a picture of cafeteria workers wearing sombreros with the caption “Our culture isn’t a costume and we will not be mocked!”

The event, which Pendergist said consisted of “a couple balloons, sombreros, and some tacos,” is one of many culturally themed events put on by the Clemson Dining Services throughout the year. For one such event, the university held an event titled “Low Country BBQ Bash,” where students were invited to “Pick up a plate of mighty fine fixins.”

The university has also previously held St. Patrick’s Day-themed events, where students were invited to a dinner of “cornbeef, fried fish, and Irish grilled cheese.” Both those events, it seems, were uncontroversial.

“For as long as I’ve been here, and probably for much longer, Clemson dining has put on certain culinary theme nights, where they decorate the dining halls and serve whatever kind of food. They have Italian night, Mexican night, seafood night, midnight breakfast, all kinds of events,” Pendergist told Campus Reform.

Pendergist went on to say he “can’t imagine how they’re going to react when they discover that Taco Bell is a thing.”

Clemson Dining Services did not respond to Campus Reform’s request for comment.

Of course they didn’t respond for comment. What are they going to say? We’re a bunch of cowardly weenies, who roll over and wet themselves every time some liberal wuss comes by and complains? It isn’t just Mexican night… they do this for all kinds of food. It’s a fantastic tradition and the kids love it. Can’t have that, now can we? Sombreros are not something to complain about and no one was mocking anyone. Anything can be worn as a costume – anything. Get over yourselves and stop being professionally offended. I’m with the student who said, “I’m offended, you’re offended.” That’s the perfect response. The university apologized for their “flattened cultural view of Mexican culture.” Tell you what… you want to give it dimension? Have a cartel drop by. That’ll liven it up and make it really authentic.

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

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