What Does This Accomplish?

One of the things that needs to be listed in the legacy of the Obama Administration is the dividing of Americans into sub-groups. It seems as if we are no longer Americans–we are Hispanics, Blacks, feminists, etc. Occasionally this reaches a point where it is not only ridiculous, but harmful to innocent people.

The Daily Wire posted an article on its website yesterday that illustrates how silly we have become.

The following story is featured on a number of websites, this is from CSNBBS:

Just one week after Kooks Burritos in Portland, Ore., was featured in a profile for local publication Willamette Week, the pop-up Mexican food cart has closed down amid accusations that they ripped off their recipes.

Kali Wilgus and Liz “LC” Connelly, the two white women who started Kooks earlier this year, have been accused of stealing their techniques from the “tortilla ladies” of Puerto Nuevo, Mexico — because Connelly told Willamette Week that they gathered their recipes and tortilla-making processes during a holiday road-trip to the Baja California village.

“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,” she told the site. “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.”

Note that the tortilla ladies were in Puerto Nuevo, Mexico–they were not running competing restaurants in Portland, Oregon.

The Daily Wire explains what happened next:

Getting a whiff of Wilgus and Connelly’s process of creating tortilla recipes, leftist outlets like Mic.com and The Portland Mercury pounced: painting the female entrepreneurs contributing to society as racist, sticky-fingered villains. 

“Because of Portland’s underlying racism, the people who rightly own these traditions and cultures that exist are already treated poorly. These appropriating businesses are erasing and exploiting their already marginalized identities for the purpose of profit and praise,” accused The Portland Mercury.

“People of color are nothing more than an afterthought when the white perpetrators of this tradition continue to do this on a regular basis. While Portland is supposedly a progressive place, super liberal white people usually only have other super white liberal people to answer to — which means this cycle of cultural appropriation will never end until people of color call attention to it,” the piece continued. 

Soon after, the business was forced into closing its doors, and its online presence has all but disappeared. The Portland Mercury called the closure a “victory.” 

That is so sad. It is also stupid. These people are proud because they took the livelihood away from the owners of the business because the owners of the business learned how to do something from someone the liberals regarded as underprivileged. So if I go to Italy and watch people make pizza and come home and open a pizza stand, should I be put out of business? Can only Chinese people own Chinese restaurants?

Our Founding Fathers, who believed in free enterprise and free markets, are turning over in their graves.