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School Cancels ‘Cinco de Mayo’-Themed Fundraiser After ONE Student Says It’s ‘Racist’
By Top Right News on May 4, 2014 i

Dartmouth College craters in the face of “La Raza” lunacy

by John Urban | Top Right News

Yet another wack-job leftist absurdly shouts “racism” — and a liberal university caves in record time.

The Dartmouth Phi Delta Alpha fraternity and Alpha Phi sorority had planned a “Phiesta” event on Saturday, a week before Cinco de Mayo, inviting paying guests to hear music, sip “virgin pina coladas and strawberry daiquiris” and enjoy Mexican-themed snacks like chips and salsa, guacamole and burritos, The Dartmouth reported.

The event was to raise money for cardiac treatments at a local hospital, and sounded like an innocent way to raise money for a good cause.

But the Cinco de Mayo-related theme didn’t sit well with one Dartmouth student of Mexican heritage who proclaimed the planned event was a personal insult.

Daniela Hernandez ’15 sent an email to complain that the theme was racially insensitive:

“As a Mexican-born, United-States-raised, first-generation woman of color, it was sadly unsurprising that a culturally-themed party was seen as a casual venture for such a privileged institution such as Dartmouth,” she wrote in an email to various college administrators and Greek association officials.

“There are various problematic structures and ideologies regarding a Cinco de Mayo-inspired event, and I am sure that we, as a Dartmouth community, could learn from the extensive literature written about the Americanization of Cinco de Mayo and its construction as a drinking holiday in the United States, cultural appropriation and the inappropriate usage of cultural clothing, and the exploitation of groups of people and cultures for the sake of business opportunities.”

Hernandez called the planned event “exploitive,” “inappropriate.” Or, in a word, racist.

So let me get this straight: a SINGLE perpetually-aggrieved student can torpedo a fun benefit that would benefit cardiac patients, that plays on a made-up American holiday that commemorates an 1862 battle between the Mexicans and the French and is mainly celebrated by American beer companies.

And remember that this event was not for “business opportunity” but rather charity, and no one had complained when the “Phiesta” was held for two years prior — years in which Ms. Hernandez, now a junior, was likely at the school (but not yet thoroughly indoctrinated by Marxist professors).

Under obvious pressure from their administration, the fraternity weaseled down big time…

“We felt that the possibility of offending even one member of the Dartmouth community was not worth the potential benefits of having the fundraiser,” Phi Delta Alpha President Taylor Cathcart told The Dartmouth.

So instead of ignoring Ms. Hernandez’ silly complaint over a beer-drinking phony holiday, the school cratered in the face of her baseless accusations. This is America’s “Ivy League”, once a bastion of excellence, now a Progressive freak show run amok.

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