Saturday, May 5, 2018

Make Agave Great Again!

Back in the halcyon days of 2012, I wrote what could be considered my last word on Cinco de Mayo, a holiday which originally celebrated the Battle of Puebla, in which a Mexican army defeated an occupying French army, a victory which slowed but did not stop the French from establishing a Second Mexican Empire. Cinco de Mayo was a Pueblan celebration, but it was repurposed in Los Estados Unidos to boost tequila sales, thereby making agave great again.

Back in the stupid days of the 2016 presidential campaign, un baboso Tío Tomás para El Trump warned of the peril of taco trucks taking over ever corner of 'Murka:

I don't have a taco truck on any of the corners of my block, or my neighborhood. My go-to taco truck, which recently upgraded from being a mere taco stand, is in Brooklyn, and it happens to be run by some gents from Puebla. Most of the Mexican eateries in my neck of the woods are run by families with roots in Michoacan and Jalisco states. A couple of decades ago, they were probably a bit perplexed by the number of gabachos who came in to dine on May 5th, but business is business, as the tequila importers realized years ago.


Harry Hamid said...

That "business is business" attitude used to pull conservatives along, not so many years ago. There might be a lot about Latinos or African Americans to make conservatives nervous, but if there's a dollar to be made, then fine.

That doesn't seem to be the case anymore. We've entered an era where the hate runs so deep in some quarters that it even overruns the almighty dollar.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Yeah, it's weird when you realize that hate trumps greed.

Emma said...

I don't understand racism; probably it isn't understandable.
I extra-especially don't understand self-owning racism.

I'm surprised Trump didn't make Cinco de Mayo illegal on account of how it might offend his only friend, French Person Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron*. On the other hand, doing that would require him to know a thing. Which might make him melt, like the Wicked Witch of the West.

* Are French people still kinda mad about losing Mexico the way GB can still get a little irritable about losing the War for American Independence to what turned out to be some of the stupidest people on the planet?