The efforts by institutions to promote diversity are often as painful to watch as politicians trying to pronounce the names of rappers. Such was the case with Clemson University’s recent ill-advised attempt to celebrate Mexican culture with its “Maximum Mexican” Day:
Okay, okay, so maybe sombreros, sarapes, and mustachioed faces drawn onto balloons might feed a little bit into antiquated, ridiculous stereotypes. But as long as nobody got too upset about this, it should be fine.
Alright, no big deal. To the school’s credit, it did apologize for its acting like somebody’s grandma attending a Cinco de Mayo party. As long as we can all get on the same page and admit that Clemson was obviously a bit insensitive with its choices in decorations and attire, we should be good. That is, unless there’s going to be a backlash to the backlash…
Okay then. I guess we’ll all just have to agree to disagree. At the very least, we’re looking forward to seeing how well the school handles their upcoming celebration of Asian culture.