Change Your Event's Theme!
Change Your Event's Theme!
Illustration by Suzy X (thank you!)
107.7 The End’s benefit, “Fiesta 5K Ole/Food Truck Challenge,” (http://www.fiesta5kole.com/) is happening this Saturday, May 3rd. This racist event mocks Mexican@ community and its people and is highly offensive.
The event’s theme, imagery, pictures posted on the website, among other things are incredibly offensive. They depict Latin@, specifically Mexican@, communities and culture in incredibly superficial and appropriative ways. Mexican culture and imagery are much more than “sombreros” and “tacos” and in fact has a rich cultural history that these superficial and stereotypical images and imagery fail to understand and represent AND not like I want my culture appropriated in any ways at all! Anything that reduces an entire people and their cultural heritage to such simplistic levels are demeaning and objectifying. It also reduces what may have been significant things, to comedic levels for people’s amusement and consumption to believe they have ownership over it and do with them what they want.
People can’t simply “put on” or “take off” their cultural heritage, experiences, and upbringings. To have an event with a theme such as this one, says that people can simply do this and I can’t. And if I had the option, I wouldn’t.
Events like these are not new. They are objectifying and oppressive. Events like these equate and reduce cultural heritage, tradition, and communities to nothing but simplistic images. We are not here for your amusement, for your drunken escapades, your appropriation, or a filler for you "cultureless" life.
The folks who are participating are not inherently bad evil or horrible yet their actions and lack of consciousness are incredibly racist and fueled and centered on white supremacist logic. Culture is not for sale, for appropriation, for tokenization, for consumption. Trauma, power/powerlessness and oppression are woven into white supremacist logic and behavior and choices such as these.
Let’s put “An End” to this themed event, demand accountability of 107.7 The End, Seattle Weekly and the Seattle PI for sponsoring such an event, and demand that they do not repeat a culturally appropriative and tokenizing event again.
Take Action (TBA): There's a flyer being created to pass out during the event to raise awareness and have folks "join us" in rejecting and taking accountability for these decisions. We'll be meeting on Saturday at Volunteer Park (time to be updated) to call for "An End" to this demeaning theme and cultural appropriation and tokenization.
Sign the petition below. In love, rage, struggle, resistance, and dignity.