A student group at the University of New Hampshire is demanding that officials at the taxpayer-funded school forcibly prevent white students from wearing sombreros and ponchos because white students wore the Mexican-themed garb on Cinco de Mayo, the Mexican holiday
The group is also demanding that stores in the surrounding town stop selling “items like ponchos and sombreros.”
The student group, which calls itself “All Eyes on UNH,” alleges that white students participate in the “the normalization of racist behavior” when they dress in Mexican-style attire, according to a document unearthed by Campus Reform.
The 444-word set of demands by “All Eyes on UNH,” which alleges to speak for all students on campus, is entitled “University of New Hampshire Community Addresses Cultural Appropriation on Campus.”
“On May 5th, many students at the University of New Hampshire participated in cultural appropriation by dressing up in woven ponchos and sombreros in an attempt to celebrate Cinco de Mayo,” the statement says. “May 5th has become an annual day drinking event at UNH.”
Several white students apparently donned garb celebrating Mexican culture on Cinco de Mayo.
A University of New Hampshire student, Danique Montique, approached a white student on Cinco de Mayo because he was wearing a red, yellow and black blanket-like shawl with white fringe at the bottom.
Montique, who is black, then loudly bawled out the poncho-wearing student.
“It’s not your holiday, sir!” she scolds. “That’s stuff for you white people to figure out or fuckin’ know,” she also declares.
“I was utterly disgusted with students who chose to demean and appropriate Mexican culture,” she wrote in text accompanying her Facebook video. “I walked on campus miserable as if I didn’t belong. As a black woman, I was forced to become the very thing society deemed me to be; angry.”
The “All Eyes on UNH” document complains “that most students at UNH do not understand the importance of cultural literacy and how cultural appropriation contributes to the growing acceptance of racism and xenophobia.” Also, several “people on campus were uncomfortable and infuriated” about the sombreros and ponchos.
The document — claiming to speak for “UNH students” — makes four demands.
First, the University of New Hampshire administration must publicly condemn white students for dressing in sombreros and ponchos, and must organize “a campus-wide committee to prevent similar offenses in future years.”
Second, officials at the public school as well as “town elected officials” must “call on local stores in Durham to stop carrying items like ponchos and sombreros for May 5th celebrations, and instead seek out alternatives sources of revenue.”
Third, fraternities and sororities “and other party culture leaders” must “encourage their communities to address the normalization of cultural appropriation and take action to condemn the behavior and find other ways to celebrate the end of the academic year.”
And lastly, all students must “hold their friends and communities accountable because “[i]gnorance is not tolerable.”
On her Facebook page, Montique, the student who confronted the guy in the poncho, likes I Love Being A Black Woman, Michelle Obama For President 2020 and Channing Tatum.
The University of New Hampshire is most famous, of course, for issuing a (now-unavailable) “Bias-Free Language Guide” which identifies the word “American” as a “problematic” term which should not be used.
The public school’s broad and extensive, 4,812-word attempt to police language includes an introductory quote by Melissa Harris-Perry and covers virtually every nook and cranny of radical leftist identity politics imaginable.
The guide instructs that other “problematic” include “mothering,” “fathering,” “healthy,” “homosexual,” “rich,” “poor” and “senior citizen.”
Also, the absence of gender-neutral bathrooms and locker rooms (and special housing) evidences a prejudice called “ciscentrism,” which is a “pervasive and institutionalized system that places transgender people in the ‘other’ category.”
The goal of the politically-correct UNH Bias-Free Language Guide is “to invite inclusive excellence” on the public campus.
The link to the language guide no longer exists. Clicking on the link which was once the taxpayer-funded guide now takes web users to the school’s webpage for “Community, Equity and Diversity.”