Piling it on the Chi Omega’s

The ladies of Chi Omega at Penn State have been lambasted for their picture taken at their Mexican theme party. Several websites went so far as to call them racists. Almost everyone was offended or hurt.

The Mexican American Student Association is disappointed in the attire chosen by this sorority. It in no way represents our culture. Not only have they chosen to stereotype our culture with serapes and sombreros, but the insinuation about drug usage makes this image more offensive. Our country is plagued by a drug war that has led to the death of an estimated 50,000 people, which is nothing to be joked about.

Well folks, you might not like it but the sombrero, invented in Mexico, does represent your culture-at least part of it.

The Mexican sombrero has become a national and cultural symbol, and is often used in traditional Mexican celebrations, especially by communities outside Mexico. —Wikipedia.org

And there was no “insinuation” about the drug war. That was just too much of a stretch to similize “will work for weed+beer” with the drug war in Mexico. What? Mexicans don’t smoke pot? And the beer. They don’t drink beer?

By BrokenSphere (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Is anyone offended by Speedy Gonzales? “I can’t believe that “racist” parade at Magic Mountain.” How about the shutterstock.com “Mexican typical poncho man”? OMG! How shocking. Did anyone complain about the “racist” cartoon drawn by Michael Murphy. “Ohhhh, it hurts so much!”

PLAEEESE! Mexican is not a race and most of you need to look up the definition of racist. And while the photo displayed stereotypes, it was not (as far as I can tell) motivated by prejudice or discrimination. Didn’t you ever hear, “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” Mom taught me that. People need to stop getting upset, angry, offended, and hurt over nothing but stereotypical behavior of some college girls.

In fact, we need to get over all this PC, “cry baby”, “I’m gonin’ to tell on you”, behavior. When did everybody become such wimps? Richard Conniff, Smithsonian Magazine, quotes a 19th century cleric, “It is almost impossible to exaggerate the complete unimportance of almost everything.” That pretty well says it all.

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