Multiculturalism: Is It all Just B-S?

  • Adam Casalino
  • May 5, 2017 12:25PM

This weekend many people will be flooding their livers with alcohol, shortening their life spans, to celebrate the little holiday known as Cinco De Mayo.

Even though some in the United States make a big deal about this minor, arguably insignificant military victory, it is actually considered a somber day in the country where the events actually happened. It seems in the United States of America- a land that has no claim to the Battle of Puebla- people make a bigger deal out of the day than it deserves.

I really don't care. If you're Mexican and you want an excuse to party, go ahead. Just don't get behind the wheel and jeopardize my family.

And you know what you also shouldn't do? Bitch about the fact that the President of the United States isn't celebrating either.

Under the past two administrations, there has been an official celebration of Mexico’s Cinco de Mayo holiday at the White House, but that tradition has come to an end under the current “America First” administration of President Donald Trump.

The Hill reported that the 16-year-old tradition will instead be a much smaller affair held somewhere other than the White House and will feature Vice President Mike Pence as the host. (via Conservative Tribune)

Oh, the horror! President Trump does not want to celebrate a holiday that has nothing to do with American history! I guess the many, many other holidays that are far more important to the U.S. take priority -for the country's leader.

Of course, Hispanic activists were quick to turn this into a thing.

“The decision of the White House to renounce the celebration of Cinco de Mayo is another slap for many Mexican Americans and Latinos,” complained Felix Sanchez, co-founder and president of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts. “Instead of embracing our nation’s multicultural heritage, we are deepening divisions, not looking for common ground.”

I think there's already enough common ground, Sanchez. And since when has a Mexican holiday meant anything to other groups of Latinos? Why should someone of Puerto Rican or Costa Rican descent care about the 1862 Battle of Puebla? Most Hispanic-Americans are very proud of their personal heritage, not somebody else’s.

But you might be saying, "This holiday is about honoring and remember the contributions of Mexican-Americans." That's a bit of a stretch, considering the origin of this day. But V.P. Pence acknowledged the day and the administration has shown consideration and respect to Americans of Hispanic descent.

But yeah, this administration hates Latinos. They hate them so much, they invite Hispanic leaders to come to Washington and discuss ways of strengthening their role in the country.

But there is something that Mr. Sanchez said while slamming our president that I wanted to explore. He claimed that just because Trump wasn't bending over backward to pander to Mexicans, he was violating our nation’s "multicultural heritage."

What is multiculturalism?