The Battle Over Kooks Burritos Led to Death Threats and International Outrage. We Invited Portland Chefs to Weigh In. But we really didn’t anticipate that a short and positive review of a weekends-only breakfast burrito pop-up a couple of weeks ago would ignite an international incident—a rage-filled conversation about […]
“This article is a clear example of how media perpetuates and reinforces racism and white supremacy, brandishing it as ‘fun’ and ‘innovative,'” read one comment. Another demanded that the two women send remunerations back to Mexico for the cultural theft of tortilla recipes. Others defended the women’s right to make burritos.
After the review was published, Kristin Goodman, co-founder of feminist workspace Broadspace, circulated what she called a “shit list” of “white-owned, appropriative restaurants.” [Update: As of 11 am on June 7, the document has been deleted or made private.] The list names more than 60 restaurants that serve ethnic cuisine but are owned by a white person.
“White business owners wield economic and ‘cultural capital’ advantages over POC (people of color” business owners, so they are ‘punching down’ by appropriating cuisines from people who are disadvantaged in comparison,” the list says.