Cultural Appropriation – BAD!

or is it all ok so long as it’s not White People?

Proggies are well-known xenophiles finding delight and superior qualities in cultures foreign to their own. The delightfully colorful peasant costumes, the quaint customs — and, key: the interesting food.

A Good Proggie is well travelled and brings their love of Cultures Autre back to their boringly American cities in the form of objet d’art, native masks, pretty native costumes and, of course, food.

But wait…

Now, that appreciation is become …Problematic

Cultural appropriation is defined as people from a dominant culture taking elements of culture from a marginalized group without caring about how that affects the marginalized group.

…“When you divorce a food from its place and time, you can ignore global civil unrest and natural disasters (see: Zagat declaring Pinoy cuisine the “next great Asian food trend” this past fall as deadly floods swept through the Philippines), knowing as you do that the world’s cultural products will always find safe harbor in your precious, precious mouth.”

what? srsly, whatinhell does eating Pinoy cuisine have to do with deadly floods?

You can eat food from as many cultures as you like, but ignoring their origins and significance makes you an unappreciative, appropriative vulture. Don’t use a culture for their food and then support a presidential candidate that wants them out of the country. When you accept the food of a culture, you accept the people and the impact of exploiting that culture has on them.

No tacos for you!!! Because enjoying chimmichangas means you are exploiting the people of Tabasco! [how they might even know (or care) that you’re eating ’their’ food is an exercise left to your feeeelings. ] Because eating burritos means you must accept MS13 and reject the Rule of Law. [wait… the US Immigration Laws haven’t been changed by Congress while I was focused on exploitatively enjoying chips and salsa, have they? ok.]

Wilgus and Connelly were profiled by Willamette Week about the delicious handmade tortillas they sell out of a food truck called Kooks Burritos on Cesar Chavez Boulevard in Portland. The duo said they learned their craft from women in Puerto Nuevo, Mexico.

…”I picked the brains of every tortilla lady there in the worst broken Spanish ever, and they showed me a little of what they did,” … “The day after we returned, I hit the Mexican market and bought ingredients and started testing it out. Every day I started making tortillas before and after work, trying to figure out the process, timing, refrigeration and how all of that works.”

So Portlandia freaked out:

“Nice appropriation,” one person wrote. “You go to a place once and your first thought is to steal from and mock the people from there. This is gross, and the fact that you got media attention is even more cringey.

Asking someone how they do something well is now Theft and Mockery.

“Now that you all boldly and pretty fucking unapologetically stole the basis of these women’s livelihoods, you can make their exact same product so other white ppl don’t have to be inconvenienced dealing with a pesky brown middle woman getting in their way,”

How, again, is opening a business 1,000 miles away unfair competition with a “pesky brown woman”?

“This is NOT about cooking at home or historical influences on cuisines; it’s about profit, ownership, and wealth in a white supremacist culture,” wrote the spreadsheet’s authors. “These white-owned businesses hamper the ability for POC [people of color] to run successful businesses of their own (cooking their own cuisines) by either consuming market share with their attempt at authenticity or by modifying foods to market to white palates. Their success further perpetuates the problems stated above. It’s a cyclical pattern that will require intentional behavior change to break.”

Doesn’t that pre-suppose that the white people will be running the business better? That seems kinda Raaaacist, duddn’t it?

But Portlandianz have generated a ginormous spreadsheet of “white-owned appropriative businesses.”

[The list] includes about 60 Portland-area restaurants, the names of their white owners, and the kind of cuisine they serve. (For example, the list informs us that Burmasphere “was founded by a white man who ate Burmese food in San Francisco.”) The spreadsheet also lists competing restaurants that are owned by people of color and urges customers to try them instead.

Don’t go there – it’s run by White People! eww!

But wait: should anyone but a full-German be serving [or eating] a Hamburg Sandwich?

Much less a dang “Frankfurter” [Frankfurt-am-Main], or “little dog” sausage.

accch – there’s so much work to do! who in the History of the World first put ground, dried grain and water together to cook on a fire-heated rock? only his descendants can eat bread / pita / tortillas / crackers / etc of any kind.

Speaking of which — how do we track down the first tamer of fire, itself? No body but their descendants can use that. And the wheel? Back to the travois, everyone else! Wait – who invented that??!? Puts paid to cars, trucks, trains, planes and trikes for all the rest of us. Walk.

Only Italians can listen to / create radio programs. Seems a Scot first made TV practical; but he demonstrated it at Selfridge’s, a London store owned by an *cough* American. oooo — muddy waters…

Speaking of which, metropolitan sewer systems were invented by a Brit [uh oh - 3 generations past his family was French] named Bazalgette to drain London after The Great Stink. Though, Rome had the Cloaca Maxima and public latrines. uh oh — in The Indus Valley archeologists found evidence of indoor plumbing and public sanitation dating from 2350 BC, so….. hm…. iron…. So who’s allowed to us indoor plumbing, now?

Meanwhile this idea feeling-based stupidity disallows any Human progress based in ideas made better by others. Back to The Caves in Herds!!!!

…wait — who first decided caves were a good housing option? dammit!


  1. Hank
    Posted May 24, 2017 at 9:00 am |

    A Good Proggie is well travelled and brings their love of Cultures Autre back to their boringly American cities in the form of objet d’art, native masks, pretty native costumes and, of course, food.

    Traffic circles. Don’t forget the traffic circles. Ptooey

  2. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted May 24, 2017 at 9:37 am |

    you all boldly and pretty fucking unapologetically stole the basis of these women’s livelihoods,
    Whelp… if the maker of that statement really cares, why doesn’t he volunteer to buy and run the goods from all those little brown villages up to Portland or any other Progtown and sell them with source attribution?
    Could it be virtue signalling? Self righteousness? Too lazy and content with his government handouts? Hypocrisy? Assholia?
    I’ll take all of the above for $200, Alex.

    I’m well traveled, and while I enjoyed seeing other places and cultures, found many things good or interesting, my travels still made me appreciate just how good life is here in the USA.

  3. DougM (flawed)
    Posted May 24, 2017 at 9:47 am |

    Evidently, the “melting pot” destroys “diversity.”
    American culture has always been a threat to racial and ethnic purity.
    Oh, wait… are Progs appropriating Nazi and Klan culture?

  4. Tetzman
    Posted May 24, 2017 at 10:06 am |

    This article is from September 2016?

  5. DougM (flawed)
    Posted May 24, 2017 at 10:13 am |

  6. staghounds
    Posted May 24, 2017 at 10:17 am |

    I noticed how you worked “C______er” in there. Racist.

  7. Paladin
    Posted May 24, 2017 at 11:08 am |

    I have a white friend who says, “You can’t say ‘cracker’, that’s our word!” (He also calls his Chihuahua/Dachshund mix a Beanerschnitzel.)

    I also feel like I’ve been living under a rock, because the first time I heard of “CP time” was when Hillary Clinton used the term and called it “Career Politician time” or some such. I actually had to search the internet for “cp time” to find out what it stood for and why it made people cringe.

    Being in a predominantly white, conservative, religious state, common perceptions say that I’d be surrounded by racists. I’ve found that almost nobody really cares. You’re judged on the content of your character.

    There’s always a racist to be found if you look hard enough. I’ve only met two while growing up in Idaho that didn’t like me because of my ancestry. (One actually called me a half-breed to my face) But the most overt racists I’ve met were “enlightened” individuals from “diverse” communities.

    It never ceases to amaze me how racist liberals can be, but they almost never seem to get called on it. Yet some republican says, “Macaca” and all hell breaks loose.

  8. Blue Max
    Posted May 24, 2017 at 12:31 pm |

    If I can help confuse matters more, a Frankfurter (resident of the German city) does not eat a Frankfurter, but a Wiener.

    However, in Wien (Vienna), one eats a Frankfurter, not a Wiener. This is because the butcher who brought these meats to Vienna, Johann Georg Lahner, learned his trade in Frankfurt. Initially they were called, Lahner Würste, but later that changed to Frankfurter.

    So let’s throw in another angle, where did Lahner originally come from? Not Frankfurt, but rather Gasseldorf, which is in what we call the Fränkische Schweiz, i.e., the Franconian Switzerland.

    Now the Fränkische Schweiz is not in Switzerland, but in Oberfranken (Upper Franconia), which is in Bayern, better known in English as Bavaria. Whether Bavaria is in Germany depends on who you talk to in Bavaria on any given day.

    The Bavarians pride themselves on their independence (and their amazing football [soccer]), as signs on their borders always attest to:

    (Yes, even on the very top of the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest peak, the shield/sign is there to let you know you are actually on the border of Bavaria and Austria.)

    So, who “culturally” owns the Frankfurter — the Frankfurter, the Wiener, or the fränkischen Schweizer???

  9. Jess
    Posted May 24, 2017 at 12:33 pm |

    This only reinforces my belief you have to be bat shit crazy to be a liberal. Other than harboring terrorist, killing puppies, or using road kill for meat, there are few reasons to remove the opportunity to relish tasty burritos seasoned to perfection, filled with tender beef, and served on a hot plate….and some socio-justice horseshit doesn’t even come close.

    In a perfect world, they’d not only close down Portland, they’d bulldoze the land, and till salt into the soil.

  10. OldFert
    Posted May 24, 2017 at 1:18 pm |

    Cultural Appropriation — like Maxine Waters’ hairstyle? (Or should I say wig style?)

  11. Posted May 24, 2017 at 1:24 pm |

    I’d have ignored the “social justice warriors”. They probably eat at Taco Bell anyway. But no, these poor little girls shut down their business because they couldn’t stand the abuse.

    Unfortunately, I live in Portland – but we’re putting the house on the market so we can move the hell out of this insane asylum.

  12. Fat Baxter
    Posted May 24, 2017 at 2:10 pm |

    We should gather a group of burly white men to go out and return the favor:

    See any non-whites wearing blue jeans? Knock’em down and de-pants them “for cultural appropriation.” Denims were invented by Levi Strauss, a white guy.

    See any non-whites driving cars? Circle the car and drag them out “for cultural appropriation.” Cars were invented by several white people (Ford, Daimler, etc.).

    See any non-whites using cell phones? Knock’em out of their hands “for cultural appropriation.” Cell phone technology was developed by white guys.

    See any non-whites attending college? Tell them to expel themselves “for cultural appropriation.” The college/university concept was developed by white Europeans.

    We can have lots of fun returning the favor…….

  13. Fat Baxter
    Posted May 24, 2017 at 2:12 pm |

    Oh, and the “freedoms” they think they enjoy in the US? Developed by a bunch of white guys between 1776 and 1782…..

  14. Blake
    Posted May 24, 2017 at 8:04 pm |

    I have appropriated a lot of foods, because I’m insensitive like that and because I like to eat and other cultures make some darn fine food.

    By the way, what about the cultural appropriation of Indian food by people from Pakistan? I think those SJW’s should head right on over to the border between India and Pakistan and tell those people what’s what. Set them straight, so to speak. Oh, yeah, send video so I know how well that worked out.

  15. Nomen Nescio
    Posted May 25, 2017 at 5:18 pm |

    Kooks Burritos on Cesar Chavez Boulevard in Portland

    . Was it cultural appropriation to rename 39th Avenue for a Mexican American?

    they learned their craft from women in Puerto, Nuevo Mexico.

    what a difference the location of a comma can make.
    Okay that’s all I got.

  16. Joe Bandmember ≠ ® "damn right I'm not equal to that" ™
    Posted May 25, 2017 at 6:33 pm |

    Both progressives and feminists have their roots in the teachings of Karl Marx.

    This explains their silence about the way the sub-human Islamic culture treats women and children.

    And they are conveniently ignorant of what their precious Muslims want to to do their second most precious special privileges group.

  17. ignore amos
    Posted May 25, 2017 at 8:10 pm |

    Without cultural appropriation, people of color would be wearing grass skirts and loin cloths.

  18. accipiterNW
    Posted May 25, 2017 at 8:25 pm |

    [Warning: heavy sarcasm]

    Like the licenses needed in some local jurisdictions to do “african” style braids (can’t remember if it was dreadlocks or c*rn rows) America could adopt standards for authennic tortillas, with federalized enforcement agents wearing actual badges made from 100% grade A Mexican Tortillas in support of downpressed cultures.

    Suspect proprieters not kowtowing to rules for new tortilla guidelines can be fined or imprisoned if found in violation. Of course imposter SJW types may pop up from time to time wanting to inspect the mobile vendors batches of torts and tacos. The savvy business owners will demand some proof of ID of course. And if said “Federales” says “We dont need no badges…. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges!” Then that vendor will most likely say: “Good, then I dont have to show you any stinking batches! [of tortillas].

    Aaaand, on a more serious note- Free Tibet!

  19. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted May 26, 2017 at 8:52 am |

    ^accipiterNW – Free Tibet!
    Pass it on to Richard Gere. He’s had that covered for decades.