Twenty years ago, it was fairly easy to tell the difference between what was racist and what wasn’t. You burned a cross in a black neighbor’s yard? Yo, that’s racist. You habitually use racial slurs to denigrate people with different skin color? Of course that’s racist. You write a newsletter for the Ku Klux Klan? Come on, man, that’s not cool.
Today, though, the waters are a little more treacherous. The racism bar has been lowered. You didn’t vote for Obama? Racist. You support the enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws? Racist. You don’t think that George Zimmerman and Darren Wilson did anything wrong? You’re practically Hitler reincarnated.
Desperately sad that they didn’t come of age in the civil rights era, today’s liberals are busy turning over every stone in America to look for new examples of cultural and systemic racism. Consider the latest debate, where social justice clowns investigate whether or not it is racist to cook and profit from another country’s food.
“Recently, we started a conversation about food and race,” said two NPR hosts on Twitter. “Specifically, we wondered out loud, who gets to cook – and become the face of – a culture’s cuisine?”
Oh, now we’re getting to the important stuff!
Yes, apparently there is growing resentment in liberal circles of something called “cultural appropriation.” This is where a white musician/dancer/entrepreneur/chef uses things that originated outside of white culture. If you buy into this being a sin, you’ll have enough grievances to last you a lifetime: Miley Cyrus’s twerking, white guys with dreadlocks, Macklemore, sugar skull makeup, the Washington Redskins, and Halloween sombreros are among the “problematic” issues these bored college kids have cried about over the last few years.
Now it’s time to turn America’s attention to tacos.
Granted, the reaction on Twitter – a notorious haven for liberal lunacy – might be enough to give you false hope. Even most liberals are not quite ready to accuse white chefs of racism when they dare to cook Mexican food. But that’s always how it starts. It’s not about today’s reaction – it’s about how people will see this issue ten years from now. When the left gets started on something, they don’t stop until it goes mainstream.
If you’re a white guy thinking about opening up a cross-cultural restaurant, you’d better be careful. Then again, you might as well go for it. A few more years of this and it won’t matter. Just being white will be enough to trigger cries of racism. Everything else will just be gravy.