In another story coming from the Communist state of Oregon, two women were forced out of their burrito business due to “cultural appropriation.”
Kali Wilgus and Liz ‘LC’ Connelly opened Kooks Burritos in Portland, Oregon following a trip the two took to Puerto Nuevo, Mexico in December 2016. The two friends’ business was an instant success until they were interviewed by the Willamette Week.
“In Puerto Nuevo, you can eat $5 lobster on the beach, which they give you with this bucket of tortillas,” Connelly said. “They are handmade flour tortillas that are stretchy and a little buttery, and best of all, unlimited.”
Enjoying the tortillas, the duo sought out how to recreate them.
“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 said. “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.”
“On the drive back up to Oregon, we were still completely drooling over how good [the tortillas] were, and we decided we had to have something similar in Portland,” Connelly added. “The day after we returned, I hit the Mexican market and bought ingredients and started testing it out. Every day I started making tortillas before and after work, trying to figure out the process, timing, refrigeration and how all of that works.”
Finally, she got it all right and the two opened up Kooks Burritos the very next weekend.
The second we had the tortilla, we were like, ‘We’re doing this,'” Connelly said.
Kooks served up fresh stuffed tortillas and people loved them.
But then the Portland Mercury, a food blog, accused the two women of “preying” on the women in Mexico. The post was clearly racist as it began, “This week in white nonsense, two white women—Kali Wilgus and Liz “LC” Connely—decided it would be cute to open a food truck after a fateful excursion to Mexico.”
“The owners of Kooks Burritos all but admitted in an interview with Willamette Week that they colonized this style of food,” the blogger wrote. “‘So let’s recap the story thus far: These two white women went to Mexico, ate tacos, and then decided they would just take what the locals clearly didn’t want to give them.”
“If that wasn’t bad enough, they decided to pack up all their stolen intellectual property and repackage it,” the blog post continued.
The writer then informed the audience, “Despite this issue being dismissed by supporters of Kook’s Burritos—while our views were seen as just a bunch of angry minorities attacking innocent white women who only wanted to make tacos—the food cart closed as of late Friday. Willamette Week has not taken any responsibility or shown any accountability for their actions.”
“While the closing of Kooks Burritos is a victory, it’s a small one and unless we continue to call this out it will happen again,” the writer concluded.
Maybe it’s just me, but I smell a bit of envy, sprinkled with a tad of hate and smothered in jealousy from the writer at the Portland Mercury.
It’s a shame because I’ll bet this writer probably creates or his mom has made pasta dishes and other foods that were created by other cultures and would openly say that they didn’t come up with it on their own. This “cultural appropriation” nonsense, is just that, nonsense.
The two women did shut down their business amid the controversy, and did so without a comment.
Some of the commenters on the Portland Mercury got it right though.
Then there was my personal favorite comment from Rich Bachelor who wrote, “You then managed to misuse the term ‘intellectual property.’ I like tortillas too, but I know they aren’t anyone’s property, intellectual or otherwise. You later -halfheartedly- note that all cuisine is borrowed at least, but for some reason you continue to describe this particular venture as genocidal, somehow.”
“For instance, you also describe the recipe as ‘stolen.'” he continued. “No, you can’t steal this sort of thing: people already know how to make tortillas. And the Mexican women were good enough to tell these Americans what goes into making a tortilla, but stopped short of explaining how to make one, assuming they -like many others- could figure it out.”
He concluded his comment by asking, “Under your strictures, what is an acceptable food for white people to make and market, other than -say- Velveeta and Miracle Whip on Wonder Bread? And hey: if there’s a Korean family that opens up a place that sells pot roast and creamed tuna on biscuits, can I be outraged? Seriously, be coherent about this.”
Bachelor is exactly spot on! The writer has a real issue with capitalism, what is termed “race,” understanding what terms mean and I would venture to guess understanding culture in general.
As Tyler Durden commented, “Cultural appropriation is a bizarre concept when you think about it. It demands that you treat every culture like an animal in a zoo. You can admire them from afar, but don’t you dare touch.”
“It’s also a sign of severe cognitive dissonance among leftists,” he added. “They claim they want everyone in the world to mix and live in peace, but they snap at people who dare to share another culture.”
These two women found a passion for something and went after it. They aren’t even in the same country for goodness sakes and yet, someone, who we can only guess what they do with their lives, has the audacity to berate them in a racist fashion because they are Caucasians.