If You’re A White Person In Portland, You Can’t Sell Burritos Anymore

reendmcha  |   

I’m old enough to remember when living in a racial and cultural melting pot was a good thing. Not anymore.

Michael Bartiromo, Fox News:

Just one week after Kooks Burritos in Portland, Ore., was featured in a profile for local publication Willamette Week, the pop-up Mexican food cart has closed down amid accusations that they ripped off their recipes.

Kali Wilgus and Liz “LC” Connelly, the two white women who started Kooks earlier this year, have been accused of stealing their techniques from the “tortilla ladies” of Puerto Nuevo, Mexico — because Connelly told Willamette Week that they gathered their recipes and tortilla-making processes during a holiday road-trip to the Baja California village.

In other words, they did what cooks and chefs have done since the beginning of time. They learned how to make a dish from somebody else, and they started making it themselves. I always kind of figured that was how it worked. Right?

But of course, because these two women are white and they’re living in America in 2017, they get criticism like this:


and this:

“Because of Portland’s underlying racism, the people who rightly own these traditions and cultures that exist are already treated poorly,” The Portland Mercury said, calling the closure of Kooks a “victory.”

That Facebook post was deleted within minutes after I posted this. Guess I culturally appropriated it! Fortunately, I took a screenshot just in case.

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