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Stop shaming the culture appropriation of food

(Associated Press)

A pair of white millennial women named Kali Wilgus and Liz “LC” Connelly of Portland, Oregon went on a road trip to Puerto Nuevo, Mexico and fell in love with the country’s tortillas. The two started jotting down recipes and observing how the dishes were prepared by local women and opened up their own food truck to rave reviews when they returned home.

Social justice warriors were livid about the how two white girls stole a recipe from Mexican natives and were making a successful business calling it “polite white supremacy.”

Jagger Blaec was especially vicious to the young entrepreneurs, writing in The Portland Mercury that the girls were “predatory” because they peaked into a window of a kitchen to learn how the tortillas were made.

“These two white women went to Mexico, ate tacos, and then decided they would just take what the locals clearly didn’t want to give them,” Blaec wrote. “If that wasn’t bad enough, they decided to pack up all their stolen intellectual property and repackage it in one of the few places where such a business could plausibly work: Portland, Oregon.”

“Portland’s underlying racism, the people who rightly own these traditions and cultures that exist are already treated poorly. These appropriating businesses are erasing and exploiting their already marginalized identities for the purpose of profit and praise,” she continued. “People of color are nothing more than an afterthought when the white perpetrators of this tradition continue to do this on a regular basis.”

Within days of the social justice warriors onslaught, Wilgus and Connelly closed the business, reported Eater.

Progressives like Blaec destroyed a profitable investment out of their own envy and incoherent philosophy.

To be clear, no one “rightly owns” a “tradition or culture,” just as much as no one owns the image of a yellow smiley face or the song “Good Morning to All” otherwise known as the “Happy Birthday” song.

The song was written by Mildred and Patty Hill from Kentucky and was quickly adapted into dozens of languages. It is popularly sung as “سنة حلوة يا جميل” in Arabic countries, “Parabéns pra você” in Brazil, “Zhu ni shengri kuaile” in China, “Joyeux anniversaire” in France, and “Hongera Hongera” in Tanzania.

Mildred and Patty weren’t compensated for every household that sang it at their children’s party, and their official copyright has expired. We all own it, and it has enriched families who enjoy singing it throughout the world.

Much is the same with food. Pizza dates back to the 10th century in Central Italy, but was popularized in America by descendants of Irish and German immigrants who created Pizza Hut, Domino’s, and Papa John’s. The nation’s largest chain of Italian food, Olive Garden, was founded by Bill Darden, hardly a descendant of the Apennine Peninsula.

Italian immigrants and their descendants (myself included) didn’t protest someone getting wealthy off of ancestral recipes or something imitating them because there’s no copyright on culture. There’s only a free market.

By sectioning off ideas deemed “non-white,” social justice warriors are dividing people and destroying culture by forbidding it to blend, evolve, and become embraced as inherently American.

Worse still, Blaec and her progressive ilk have called for boycotting businesses they deemed as white-owned appropriative businesses turning neighbors into others, communities into divided tribes, and attacking whites by using Hitlerian tactics of claiming one group is poor because another group is rich.

It’s inherently incoherent but popular among people who feel that they’re being left behind.

No one should declare that a black plumber is earning a living by appropriating the English invention of a toilet bowl any more than Mexicans had a right to claim that they’re oppressed by Taco Bell.

The war on food is social Marxism masked as a campaign for economic populism and cultural purity. It is just another failed theory that the left has embraced and tried to sell to the masses.

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