This Restaurant is Displaying ‘Sleeping Mexican’ Statues and It’s Pissing People Off

This is Hot Taco, a new restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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See those statues? They’ve become the center of controversy.

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Several Charlotte residents say the restaurant is promoting negative stereotypes by displaying the statues. They’ve asked the restaurant to remove them.

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Amalia Deloney, a Latina of Guatemalan descent, wrote an opinion piece in the Charlotte Agenda explaining why some people find the statues offensive: “For years, this image has been used as a shorthand way to ridicule Mexicans and other Latinos, mock their culture and devalue their identity.”

Deloney also created a Change.org petition to have the statue removed and went into further detail: “The stereotype that Mexicans are lazy is one that Mexicans & other Latinos are still battling to this day—despite the fact that many of our friends and family work long hours in low-wage service sector jobs, or on dangerous construction sites, where wage theft, racial profiling and other abuse driven by an anti-immigrant climate are a daily reality.”

According to the Charlotte Observer, the owners of Hot Taco have promised to release a statement but have yet to do so.

So, how’s the food? Here’s a shot of their street corn:

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Hmm…

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Something isn’t quite right…

Let’s take a look at their steak and fish tacos:

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Cold tortillas de harina? And they’re using the same white sauce for steak and fish?

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In a recent review of Hot Taco, Helen Schwab of the Charlotte Observer wrote that it took 40 minutes to get her food. After tasting it, Schwab suggested Hot Taco should have given her a voucher for another visit, “rather than delivering food this bad.”

It probably shouldn’t be a surprise. Hot Taco is literally located on…

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BLAND STREET.

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