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Friday, May 26, 2017

White People Cannot Own Ethnic Restaurants So Say PC Police


 Burrito Shop

 Forced to

 Close After 


 Hounded for


 From Mexico’

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By William Hicks|3:47 pm, May 23, 2017
Kali Wilgus and Liz “LC” Connelly, owners of Portland
 pop-up shop Kooks Burritos, just wanted to make and
 sell some really great burritos. So when they were on
 a trip to Puerto Nuevo, Mexico, they “picked the
brains” of the local tortilla ladies and brought those
 recipes back to the States.
“I picked the brains of every tortilla lady there in the
 worst broken Spanish ever, and they showed me a
 little of what they did,” Connelly told Willamette 
Weekly. “They told us the basic ingredients, and we
 saw them moving and stretching the dough similar
 to how pizza makers do before rolling it out with
rolling pins. They wouldn’t tell us too much about
technique, but we were peeking into the windows
 of every kitchen, totally fascinated by how easy they
 made it look. We learned quickly it isn’t quite that easy.”
Whelp, apparently this interview sparked an Internet
shitstorm, which ended in Kooks Burritos shutting
down and the two white women who owned it
 scrubbing social media of the business’ existence.
Wilgus and Connelly were accused of cultural
appropriation by the Internet mob, and even the
 theft of PoC’s recipes.

“Now that you all boldly and pretty fucking
 unapologetically stole the basis of these women’s
 livelihoods, you can make their exact same product
so other white ppl don’t have to be inconvenienced
dealing with a pesky brown middle woman getting in
 their way,” wrote a woman in the interview’s comment
The women became the subject of local editorials
and, of course, fucking fanned the flames
with an article, “These white cooks bragged about 
stealing recipes from Mexico to start a Portland
The company’s Yelp reviews are flooded with one-star
reviews from the PC police, using terms like “white
 mediocrity” and “Latinx” while comparing Kooks
Burritos to colonialism.

Burrito at Kooks, Source: Yelp

Soon after the controversy, a list of white-owned 
“appropriative” businesses began circulating online,
featuring some of Portland’s top restaurants. The list
 also suggested the nearest “PoC alternatives” to
 each white business.
So to recap, a couple of white ladies learned to
 make burritos good while on vacation and now
 they are literally comparable to Hernán Cortés.
Good job, cultural appropriation warriors! You made
 the world a better place by shutting down a local
 small business.