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This Taqueria Faces Severe Backlash After It Names Tacos Like ‘The Wall’, ‘Lock Her Up’ And ‘The Immigrant’

We’ve all heard the divisive and hateful rhetoric that’s come out of not only Trump’s mouth but, really, from pretty much the entire administration. From ‘the wall’ to ‘lock her up’ and ‘the immigrant’, never have so many words so quickly entered the mainstream lexicon.

And yea, many of those words don’t carry any hateful or racist meaning by themselves. But when taken in context, they have been used to belittle and straight up attack entire communities.

So when news broke out that a restaurant in New Mexico has plastered a whole bunch of these words all over their menu, many were left scratching their heads.

A restaurant in New Mexico with a menu full of foods bearing politically charged names is giving the internet something to taco ‘bout.

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The Urban Taqueria, which recently opened in Albuquerque, offers customers a range of burritos boasting names like “Lock her Up” and “The Wall” as well as tacos that have been dubbed “Bad Hombre” and “The Immigrant.”

The owner of the eatery, Hanif Mohamed, denied he was trying to spark controversy with the menu names — seemingly inspired by President Trump’s rhetoric. Instead, Mohamed said he hoped it would prompt conversation during a particularly polarizing time in American history.

And with names like ‘Bad Hombre’, ‘The Wall’, and ‘The Immigrant’ we aren’t too surprised.

In an interview with Yahoo Lifestyle, Mohamed, a native of Kenya who immigrated to the US in 1992, said “When I created the menu two-and-half-years ago, we had the ban on Muslims. My kids asked me, ‘Are we American or Muslim?’” The menu, he decided, covered all subject matter.

The offerings are not meant to insult his customers, says Mohamed. In fact, he says they’re a “conversation starter” and educational by nature.

“Outsourced,” a taco with tandoori chicken, raita, tamarind salsa, alludes to the U.S. practice of outsourcing jobs to India, while “The Immigrant,” a vegan taco with organic green chile and fried potatoes, represents Irish refugees fleeing the Potato Famine in the 1800s.

The owner, an immigrant himself, claims that “99%” of people haven’t had any issue with his menu.

“Ninety-nine percent of the people who walk in, more than 99 percent, don’t seem to have an issue with it,” Hanif Mohamed, owner of Urban Taqueria, told KOAT. “The menu’s not designed to insult people or hurt people, but it’s just meant to keep the conversation going as to what’s happening around us.”

Some locals have disagreed with Mohamed’s view on the menu.

“The way things are right now. It’s not good,” Juan Hernandez told KOAT. “We need to have respect for others and have limits.”

University of New Mexico professor Patricia Perea added: “It seems fun, it seems like you can make fun of this and maybe make it lighthearted, but you really can’t, you’re offending a whole community.

“It’s normalizing the terms and potentially turning them into funny or humorous terms, and the more that you do that, the more likely people are to repeat them and perhaps forget the contexts in which they were said.”

But there were many people who supported the menu choice as well.

Others disagreed and said the restaurant was just making a brave choice with their names. “To me it’s not offensive,” Christy Garcia told KOAT. “I just think it’s interesting that they decided to be so bold with the names.”

The restaurant and its menu has received positive reviews online. “Awesome menu names!!!! Love the creativity! Don’t cave to those so easily offended. They can simply choose not to eat there,” wrote Amber Atchley Cokins in a review on Facebook.

“Great food, and atmosphere. Customer service is good. Love the names of the dishes,” added Autumn Blake.

And as one Twitter user pointed out, maybe this was all just a successful marketing gimmick.

But we’ll be the first to point out that no business should ever use the trauma and hate experienced by a community as a marketing ploy. The words on this restaurant’s menu have been used to demean and attack minority communities, but especially Latinos.

‘I Said N*****,’ Racist White Man Yells At Young Black Woman During Road Rage Incident In Louisiana

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‘I Said N*****,’ Racist White Man Yells At Young Black Woman During Road Rage Incident In Louisiana

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A middle-aged white man was caught on camera verbally assaulting a young black woman, repeatedly calling her a ‘stupid, f***ing n*****’ in Louisiana this weekend. The victim, Jessica Fontenot, recorded the entire assault on her phone, and later posted it to Twitter, where it’s reached 3 million views, and nearly 30k retweets at the time of publication. “So this is how my Sunday is going,” Jessica tweeted. “Never called this man out his name never got angry with this man at all! This is what we are living in. I will definitely pray for this man!”

Twitter users have identified the man as Seth Broussard, and are actively ensuring his employer knows how he treats black women on the road.

Jessica Fontenot started recording after the first time Broussard used the racist slur.

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Broussard rolled down the window of his pickup truck, and seemed to slowly repeat himself, saying “I said you were talking crazy, you stupid, f****** n*****.” In a sarcastically friendly tone, he asked, “Did you get it that time?” He seemed to stop in the middle of the street, and shouted, “I said n*****,” as he sped off. 

Jessica continued to record as she followed him. “Okay, cool. This n***** right here. Wow, y’all. I didn’t even do anything. Didn’t even do anything, y’all,” she told the camera in obvious shock. Then, the man tried to brake check her, suddenly braking, forcing her to swerve out of the way to avoid a collision. “This man right here. Yup. This man right here called me a ‘fucking n*****’. Oh my gosh,” she told the camera as she skillfully evaded a car accident with a road rager, all while attempting to record the assault.

“This is the world we are living in today,” Fontenot calmly tells the camera.

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As he sped up to the red light, Jessica tells us, “This is what we are living in today. I’m going to record this whole thing. Never called this man out his name or anything.” You can hear Broussard’s screech again as he attempts to cause a collision, braking suddenly. He rolls down his window and sticks his arm out to facetiously, dramatically wave at Jessica. “Wow. That shows you,” Fontenot comments as the light turns green. “You know what? I’m not going to let this man mess up my Sunday. He’s not going to get to me, but it just shows you that we’re still living in this time period, y’all. We’re still going through racism. Shit’s crazy. Old ass man talking to a young black female like that. It’s sad.”

Twitter heard Fontenot when she told us, “I got his license plate. I got his truck. Wow.”

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Yup. Twitter followed through and identified the man as Seth Broussard. While Broussard has made his social media accounts invisible, Twitter took screenshots. A tweet that listed the email address for HydroChemPSC, the employer Broussard listed on LinkedIn, has been retweeted 1.3k times. The emails and Facebook comments on the company page were so overwhelming, the company spoke out. 

Early Monday morning, HydroChemPSC stated, “HydroChemPSC has been made aware of the video taken on Sunday, November 10 in the Lake Charles area. The individual was not employed with our company when this incident occurred. We understand the concern many of you have expressed and we share that concern. Thank you.” Even though Broussard does not work for the company any longer, HydroChemPSC employees have acknowledged that they know Broussard, effectively corroborating Twitter’s identification of the man.

Justice for Fontenot now lies in the hands of the Lake Charles Police Department.

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While HydroChemPSC was an aim and a miss, Twitter has now taken to the Lake Charles Police Department Facebook page to utilize public pressure for results. “Any comment on this guy Seth Broussard?” one Facebook user commented on an unrelated post. So far, the police department has not released a comment.

“I hear the hurt in your voice. And I’m so sorry you went through that sister,” one Twitter user commented. “Press charges because he was tryna make y’all wreck into the back of him which is endangering y’all. He’s not gonna have a job pretty soon.” A young black man tweeted, “He would never pull this with a black MAN. Ever. Be careful out here…” Meanwhile, another young black woman tweeted to Jessica, “Don’t pray for him.”

Watch the full video below.

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An Indigenous Group In Panama Holds The Guinness Record For World’s Largest Patacón

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An Indigenous Group In Panama Holds The Guinness Record For World’s Largest Patacón

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After a coordinated six-month effort, Panama’s Emberá de Ipetí indigenous community broke the Guinness World Record for the largest patacón in the world. How many plátanos does it take to make the worlds largest was that patacón, you ask? Weighing at 245 pounds and measuring over 11 feet in diameter, the World’s Largest Patacón required 1,200 plátanos and 330 gallons of frying oil. The long-anticipated event drew in a sold-out crowd of 700 celebrators who took part in Emberá traditions, dance, and plenty of comida.

“We no longer want to be this statistic of vulnerability,” Emberá de Ipetí’s community leader, Sara Omi, told CNN. “We are rich in knowledge and that’s what we’re demonstrating here today.”

As visitors arrived for “Patacón Day,” they were invited to participate in a hand-washing ritual.

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At the entrance of the events, guests could participate in this Emberá ritual that uses plants to cleanse “malas vibras,” or bad vibes. “The plants we use to wash our hands has a lot to do with our worldview,” Sara Omi said. “For example, if you arrive at your home and bring bad malas vibras, washing your hands will take away those malas vibras. You become more open for everything that comes.” Then, the guests could go ahead and dance and eat with everyone else.

Over 100 volunteers worked to make individual tostones that were spread across an enormous steel mold.

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It takes a lot of labor to peel, chop, fry, grind, knead and finally assemble 1,200 plátanos. Volunteers would fry individual plátanos in this enormous, 330-gallon vat of oil, and bring it to the steel mold for others to assemble. Then, the crowd gathered around to watch the tense moment that volunteers carefully carried 245 pounds of plátanos back to this vat of oil. Then, it was dropped into the oil for its final fry, and lifted out of the vat to become the world’s largest patacón. This wasn’t their first rodeo either. It took six months for the 134 Emberá de Ipetí indigenous volunteers to practice and perfect the enormous feat. 

According to Carlos Tapia, the official adjudicator of the Guinness World Records, there were three requirements to ensure the attempt would be a success. 

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The first was that the patacón remained an intact, single patacón. It could not break once it was removed from the oil. Secondly, there had to be several professionals present. A metrologist could certify that the final weight was at least 220 pounds to break the previous record. There also had to be a cultural expert present to ensure the patacón was true to its roots. A health and hygiene inspector was also present to ensure that the food was prepared in such a way that it didn’t violate any health codes. 

The final requirement to break the record was to make sure none of the food goes to waste.

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We love that, Guinness World Records. That means the pressure isn’t off once the patacón is flawlessly assembled and beats the previous weight record. Then, came the universal tradition: eat as much food as you possibly can, and then have seconds. With a sold-out crowd of folks there to witness history, it goes without saying that the Emberá de Ipetí pulled off the feat. Maybe it was because the record was broken on the auspicious Oct. 14, or World Food Day. While folks were feasting, they could also support the women artisans selling their crafts, entirely inspired and created from the nature surrounding them.

The Patacón has become a symbol of unity and the greatness of indigenous peoples and of Panama.

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“I would like to tell everyone who is here, my perfect Patacón staff, those who have been part of a little piece of patacón and all the people who joined this dream, never forget that, together, we can achieve what we set out to do,” Patacón director, Sabrina Naimark, told the crowd. “We managed to unite as a country, make the Emberá de Ipetí Indigenous community visible, and achieve the Guinness World Record Holder Record so that the world knows how big Panama is and what we are able to do when we put soul, passion, and dedication to an idea. That idea became a reality, creating a true social impact in Panama and the world.”

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