Students at the University of California, Davis, cancelled plans for a “Cinco de Drinko” party, after protesters called it racially insensitive.
Students held a sit-in at the UC Davis Coffee House Friday, May 2, in opposition of a “Cinco de Drinko Sloshball” event organized by Coffee House employees.
It was offensive.
Think Progress reported:
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About 100 protesters at the University of California at Davis (UC Davis) held a sit-in last Friday to oppose a student-led Cinco De Mayo drinking party, where people were encouraged to “dress festively as Border Patrol agents or in stereotypical Mexican clothing. Chanting “UC Davis isn’t safe,” the protesters marched to the campus Coffee House where some student organizers of the “Cinco de Drinko Sloshball” event worked.
Michelle Villegas, a UC Davis alumnus who pushed to stop the event, said that Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that “marks and celebrates the victory over French rule that was momentous for the state of Puebla, Mexico.”
“This holiday is often manipulated by individuals who use inaccurate images of Mexican culture and affiliate it strongly with alcoholic consumption, despite the fact that there is no real correlation between the two,” Villegas added.
Touted as a “big kegger event,” local NBC affiliate KCRA said that people who wore sombreros, ponchos, and fake mustaches would be “chased by other students dressed up as Border Patrol agents.”