Opinion Time 05/28/17

Welcome everyone to the roast of some of the dumbest things the world has reacted to or done, and prepare to feel a lot smarter than most people. This is the often reviled opinion time and let us get to some of the problems that prove that the world is just as full of lunatics as it ever was.

Most Likely To Become A Terrorist

Okay, despite all times schools do something stupid it has been reported on this blog post by more SJW pinheads then anything else. First, let’s get you some info.


If you could even see the web address you know where this is going, and yes it is that bad. How a teacher can give something on a piece of paper stating this makes me wonder what drugs they are on. A teacher giving an award claiming someone to be the most likely to be a terrorist in these times when the words ring alarms here. If you were the parent of such a child what would you do when you see your kid get a certificate saying they were the most likely to become a hardcore criminal zealot.

I could beat this out because really the teacher and the school have to wonder who were on what substances to make this look like even anything like a good idea. No matter how you like to take a joke and looking at some there are those who may take a joke like this, but it was clear that this child was not one of them. Terrorist paranoia is a mental disease that many Americans I know have and that many other countries population may have to deal with. We need to be better than this and the paranoia sometimes does more damage than terrorism itself especially considering what happened in Portland, Oregon.

Defenders on Portland Train Lose Lives


Considering the title of this blog it is no surprise that this just makes me seven shades of pissed off. A dude was on the making a grand ass out of himself to some Muslims on the train, this person did not do anything wrong but was in a form of dress that did not hide their religion and caught this waste of air’s attention. Two people on this train, which by the way this was a train in the middle of rush hour in the city so I could tell you from personal experience that barring an act from a deity this was an almost full train. Anyway, two people step up and defend just for the sake that people should not take abuse like that without a reason and be existing is not a reason that counts in many books and gets stabbed up for it, one had his throat cut and the other got stabbed in the gut.

Knowing from experience that this was a train with a number of people watching and listening to a situation like this and seeing two people step up and no one else jump in makes me ill to even know that my city is filled with that many cowards. A little bit of a lesson, I have been on those trains and I have had weapons pulled on me, I have seen people harassed, I have seen wives choked out by their husbands in the early morning. My friends and I have jumped in on these things and we all carry some little reminders because of it, but the sad part was what would have happened if no action was taken and that holds true now. If that moron was going to continue to be more abusive it could have very well been some Muslim woman who died on that train but instead, two of the better in Oregon took the bullet so to speak and unfortunately are no longer with us. I can only hope they are in a better place. Those who chose that others would do something and they would not have to just makes me ill considering also my own wealth of experience that makes this sort of thing seem all too easy to see.
Ariel Winter Bares Bum to The World


It is her life, she is not doing anything wrong. She has the right to do it. I don’t care if she is a celebrity as long as she is not actively hurting anyone then she has the right to do it and the fact that his sort of thing has garnered this much attention makes me think that a lot of people have lost complete touch with reality. Some say she is showing too much, and others say it is fine, when everyone needs to know that as long as it hurts no-one there are plenty of other things that energy could be better used for. This whole sort of celebrity culture and putting them under a microscope makes no clue to me and these moments just baffling how we have not been taken over by an AI or something. If you seriously have a problem with this sort of thing then avert your eyes. Moving on from this show of idiocy.

Burrito Shop Dropped After Claims of Cultural Appropriation


So a group of people does not like that in a country with a mainly white population has a bunch of restaurants with mainly white owners. Supposedly there is a group of colored people who want to see more people of color own restaurants correcting the supposed power imbalance. Now I actually tried to get some comments from them because I did not understand this, and thought maybe there was something I was missing. They have not only said they are not making any comment to the media. ( first times I have been labeled that), but they also had no extra comment to give at this time.

This is from the group taking credit about supposedly stopping a business because a pair of white women learned recipes from Mexico about how to make better burritos. I am just going to paste the whole faq from that document here.

(Alternatives To) White-Owned Appropriative Restaurants in Portland
Restaurants List

Why add FAQ’s now?
We did not aspire to editorialize on this page, but the constant barrage of uninformed assumptions in the media and general discourse has become too much. We do not believe we have all the answers and we appreciate people asking questions and sharing their perspectives. If you feel we’ve missed the mark or your viewpoint has not been considered in any of the content on this document, feel free to let us know at AppropriativePortland@gmail.com. We want this document to reflect the needs and views of the various impacted communities. (tip: if your response to appropriation is to roll your eyes, you’re probably not being impacted)

What are your goals?
We created this list for several reasons but stayed away from listing them initially in order to allow for free discussion on the subject’s multiple dimensions. Since many people (journalists in particular) seem intent on putting words in our mouths, we’ve decided to provide a list of potential positive outcomes that could come from this list and the discussions it has provoked:
– Provide transparency and awareness allowing people to make their own decisions. This was our primary objective. Nothing in the information presented indicates a goal of creating a boycott, although some people have called for boycotts when sharing the list on social media. We certainly wouldn’t shed a tear if some of these restaurants were forced to close (or change course or sell) and new businesses (or more successful existing businesses) owned by people of color (POC) took their market share, creating a much more inclusive cultural landscape and the representation we believe Portland should be aiming for with intentionality.
– Force these business owners to consider the impact they’ve had, even if it has been unintentional. We believe the onus is on the businesses themselves to decide on appropriate corrective measures.
– Lift up and validate marginalized POC communities and better equip them to advocate for their own struggle within Portland’s disproportionately white demographic that often leads to the implicit and explicit silencing of Black, POC, and immigrant perspectives.
– Shed light on one way that institutional racism and capitalism perpetuate inequities created by colonialism, slavery, and the racist laws of past and present (yes, even in “progressive” Portland). We believe that in order to solve our problems, we must first be willing to identify what they are and have difficult conversations. The most recent Willamette Weekly article implied that the list was blaming appropriation for creating inequities, when we have always maintained that cultural appropriation perpetuates existing inequities. Portland’s appropriation habit serves to illustrate a larger overall problem, but that doesn’t diminish the very real impact appropriation has on POC communities.
– Stop the local media from glorifying food “Columbus-ing” and promoting white people for “discovering” foods in other countries (or sometimes even cities in the US) and “bringing them to Portland.” Alternatively, encourage the media to give positive coverage to POC-owned businesses that have gone unnoticed for years.
– Force new white restauranteurs to think twice before appropriating another culture’s cuisine. While it’s unlikely any of the existing businesses would be forced to shutter from being on this list, it’s possible that new spots could decide to take a different approach than they would have otherwise.

Are you saying white people can’t cook/eat/enjoy [insert favorite food] anymore?!
EAT AND COOK WHATEVER YOU WANT! This has nothing to do with enjoying foods from other cultures, like we all do. This is about recognizing and working to correct a power imbalance in our society that is the result of centuries of institutionalized racism and unchecked capitalism. To learn more, read the top of the front page and the resource articles.

Why don’t you include white-owned “Southern” restaurants?
“Southern food” appropriates several dishes from the cuisine of enslaved Africans, who outnumbered white colonizers in many areas of the South and strongly influenced the cuisine for the region. Several dishes are adaptions of recipes that enslaved Africans brought from Africa while others have roots in Native American cuisines. Over time, the cuisine was appropriated as “Southern food” by white Southerners, but African-Americans later reclaimed it as Soul food. The general consensus is that, in present day, the main difference between the two comes down to the race of the person doing the cooking. However, white-owned Southern restaurants are undoubtedly a result of the theft of a cuisine from enslaved people.

These concerns are certainly valid, but this list is intended to highlight individuals who have taken it upon themselves to directly appropriate a cuisine, expose the system that allows them to think this is acceptible, and prevent the perpetuation of racial inequity that comes as a result. Since Southern white people were raised with cuisine appropriated by generations past and now identify with that cuisine, we have chosen not to include them on the list. However, we encourage them to examine their white privilege (and how it impacts their business’s success) and acknowledge the violent history of the foods they serve.
Byron Hurt’s ‘Soul Food Junkies’ Film Explores How Southern Fare Got Its Soul
Who Owns Southern Food?
How Slaves Shaped American Cooking

Why don’t you include “Israeli” restaurants?
The Israeli government is a colonizing/occupying force that continues to violently encroach on Palestinian territories to this day. When it comes to food, the history of their appropriation of Palestinian, Levantine, and Moroccan cuisines dates back a century and has been one element of a campaign of erasure of the Palestinian people. While many Jews are of Arabic descent and brought their cuisine with them to Israel, that does not absolve the Israeli government from their efforts to claim Arabic food as their own.

These concerns are certainly valid, but this list is intended to highlight individuals who have taken it upon themselves to directly appropriate a cuisine, expose the system that allows them to think this is acceptible, and prevent the perpetuation of racial inequity that comes as a result. Since Israeli-Americans were raised with cuisine appropriated by generations past and now identify with that cuisine, we have chosen not to include them on the list. However, we encourage them to examine their white privilege (and how it impacts their business’s success) and acknowledge the violent history of how they came to serve the foods they do.
Why sahlab (and hummus) still aren’t Israeli
Israel’s obsession with hummus is about more than stealing Palestine’s food

All of this because of Kooks Burritos?!
The list was not created JUST in response to Kooks Burritos. It was originally started after the opening of Saffron Colonial (now BORC) in response to people who sought to diminish POC concerns with the business by saying “Pok Pok does the same thing, why target this one restaurant!?” The originators of the list agreed the problem was bigger than one restaurant and started to do the research last year. The larger community effort started after the 1-2-3 series of events in Portland in the last month: 1. Kim Jong Grillin’s experience with the racist hood cleaning company, 2. the tragic and potentially racially-motivated arson of Reo’s Ribs, and 3. Kooks Burritos. Members of the POC community in Portland enthusiastically endorsed and joined an effort to create and share this list after noticing a pattern of appropriation, gentrification, and racism in Portland’s restaurant scene.
Controversial “Colonial” Restaurant Changes Its Name After Public Pressure
Portland Restaurant Cleaner Denies Service to “Orientals”
Fire Heavily Damages Reo’s Ribs in Portland

Did you shut down Kooks Burritos?
No, they chose to shut down themselves after hearing complaints from the Mexican community and their allies in Portland. The media has framed this like an entire business went under, but it was actually a once-per-week pop-up run by two women who have full-time salaried jobs. They stole the recipes while on working vacation to Mexico.

Why didn’t you contact the business owners first?
Some critics, including Crystal Contreras’s recent Willamette Week article, have suggested that we were unfair to the business owners because we did not contact them in advance of publishing. This is a distraction, a baseless criticism, and a thinly veiled defense of white supremacy. What purpose would that have had? Would we ask them to stop being white? To immediately sell or give their business to their POC workers? The list is an assembly of publicly available information and their input was not required. This accusation is also based on the belief that the list was created out of malice toward individuals, when in fact it was created to draw attention to a broader problem with Portland’s food culture. We have had the dialogue with a handful of business owners via email and we welcome others to do the same if they wish.

How did you compile the list of white-owned businesses?
We used publicly available information about the restaurants and their owners to verify that they qualify to be listed (criteria is on the top of the Restaurant List). There are several businesses in Portland that could potentially be added, but we’ve been unable to verify the background of the owners. Anyone who believes they’ve been wrongly listed has always been invited to email us a correction.

Who are you?
Several Portland-based people of color who have no interest in revealing their identities, especially considering the threats and racist garbage that gets sent to the above email address. Based on the defensive and racist discourse surrounding this issue that we’ve witnessed on local social media, in public comments, and in the emails we’ve received, we believe that revealing our identities would come at too great of a personal risk.

Idiots being idiotic are finding it risky to be idiots. I could very well bash this, but this is a level of idiocy that it wouldn’t be fun for me. Ladies and gentlemen and all other forms of being, this is racism. A business is gone because people felt they should have a restaurant and could not do the work for it. People are out of jobs because a group of people that had no idea what they were doing claimed something without looking at the inherent problems in their own argument.
Claiming cultural appropriation in the arena of professional cooking is so idiotic I am surprised a contingent of chefs that read this didn’t drop dead from an aneurysm. These people claim white supremacy when really they have more in common with those bigots they hate so much the restaurants on their little hit list. Being from a kitchen and working with them for a little bit of time let me tell you things go, first the majority of knowledge passed down is passed down verbally even with all the cookbooks out there it is the experience that really stands the tallest. The knowledge is often passed from one person who believes that the next has earned it which will be my next point.

What they say as cultural appropriation would not be any better if people of color had those same restaurants making this one of the dumbest things I have ever read, a blight on the culinary industry in this state, and a sight of where the extremists on both sides want things to be. I hate to say it but your skin color does not afford you an out, your culture is not your skin culture and it is damn insulting to many who breathe with their culture on their sleeve that people can boil it down to a word such as colored. It makes me want to puke that in all the great things that food scene in Portland has that we have people like this completely lost in their own little world that any attempts to act like the big shit on campus only comes off with them smelling like poo. These people obviously have not worked in a professional kitchen, because many of the best chefs according to these people are directly appropriating form a culture, because you know that is how cooking works, one eye on the present, learn from the past and move towards the future. Many people go to directly learn from the culture often picking up recipes, styles, techniques and what not many of those who have traveled who focus on a single cuisine, but these people do not understand that because obviously, it is too far above their mental capacity.

Cooking is a harsh world, but if you want people to succeed no matter who they are, then go vote with your wallet. Clearly, that little facet also slipped by these master classes. Oh and for those who claim about how the burrito shop owners say how they scratched the minds of tortilla ladies in Mexico for the recipes, well ya. That happens and that is normal, and that is how food culture spreads. What I wish would happen is that if there is enough evidence I would actually spend the time find these people that take credit and file a civil suit against them and let them see how much these beliefs hold water when it is their financial futures on the line. Most likely they would just go through try to paint themselves as martyrs and end up homeless.