Continuing a popular tradition, students at Clemson University recently prepared for a Mexican food feast at the campus dining hall. A few individuals, however, apparently felt threatened by ethnic cuisine and decided to ridicule the university using the social media hashtag #CUlturallyInsensitive.
The complaints, both online and on campus, were generally met by indignation. Student Austin Pendergist summed up the counter-protesters’ general position:
This is something that Clemson Dining has done for years without any sort of backlash. People love the cultural nights in the dining halls. What’s next? Are they going to take away all potato-based foods as to not offend students from Irish descent? Remove the stir fry station so Asian-American students don’t feel as if they are being misrepresented? When does it end?
Despite the strong defense of ‘Maximum Mexican’ night, however, the school opted instead to apologize to those ostensibly offended and cancel the popular feast.