It is now offensive to have theme parties, according to Gonzaga University. Ahead of Cinco De Mayo, Judie Biggs Garbuio, the Vice President for Student Development at Gonzaga University, sent out the following e-mail to the student body:
In the email, it says that parties celebrating Cinco De Mayo, a holiday that very few in Mexico celebrate, are “insensitive and offensive to Mexican-Americans.” Dressing up in sombreros and drinking alcohol with friends is now insensitive to the Mexican students on campus, according to the email, which included a link to a picture that shows the do’s and don’ts when celebrating Cinco De Mayo:
The alternatives listed to celebrating the Mexican holiday include reading a classic Mexican novel, not wearing a sombrero or fake mustache, and educating oneself on the history of Cinco De Mayo. In short, if you are having any fun with your friends then you’re probably being racist and should stop what you’re doing immediately.
Colleges have become havens for the easily offended on campus’ across the nation to complain about people enjoying themselves as being “offensive to their culture.” Whether it was Yale students getting offended for Halloween costumes or Pitzer college students saying that hoop earrings are racist, Gonzaga is just the next addition to the many other universities who have caved in the face of “cultural appropriation.”