A sorority and fraternity at Dartmouth College had to shut down a fundraiser because it offended a student. One student. The Greeks were having a fundraiser with all proceeds going to cardiac care. But serving burritos, guacamole and other stuff like that offended one chick...so they cancelled it. She was upset that it was a Cinco de Mayo inspired event even though it was supposed to be on April 26. Here is what she wrote in an email:
“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 appropriation and the inappropriate usage of cultural clothing, and the exploitation of groups of people and cultures for the sake of business opportunities,” Hernandez said in an email to TheDartmouth.
“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,” she said. “I believe that social consciousness and cultural awareness is something that we need to work on as a community.”