One Mexican Restaurant's Appalling, Racist T-Shirts

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Taco Cid, a Mexican restaurant in South Carolina, has been outfitting its employees in T-shirts printed with the phrase "How to catch an illegal immigrant." The words are placed above the kind of crude box trap one might use to catch vermin, with tacos as the bait.

Journalist Corey Hutchins wrote about how the shirts points to larger issues in South Carolina and explained how local teachers and activists first brought attention to the restaurant. In response, Taco Cid has stated it will "no longer support The Free Times with advertisements, as it has done so in the past years."

Taco Cid also posted a longer response on their website heavy on the all-caps, which ignores the fact that the food industry is supported across the country, and at all levels, by immigrant workers. It begins:

Our T-shirts were created as a witty and comical statement regarding ILLEGAL immigrants. There are NO racial nor hate remarks towards any specific ethnic group.

The T-shirts, which aren't witty at all, are, unfortunately, still on sale.

[Free Times via BuzzFeedFood]

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rpsgtjustin
rpsgtjustin

Bravo, Taco Cid. We live in a country that was built upon FREEDOM, including freedom of speech. I commend them for sticking to their guns in the face of adversity. They are a company, not a government facility. They can offend whomever they want, so long as they are willing to take the backlash.


Face it, if this had been done in a Saturday Night Live skit, it would have been a huge controversial hit and gone viral within minutes. Middle school kids across the country would be wearing this shirt and repeating it like a bad Borat/Austin Powers hybrid. It offends some people, but then again doesn't just about everything comical offend SOMEONE?

Also, there is a huge double standard in this arena. If this shirt said "how to catch a redneck" and depicted a box trap with cheap beer, a NASCAR hat and a copy of Trailer Trash Times under it, or money and nerdy clothing to trap "whitey", nobody would bat an eye.  If I had a nickel for every time an African American comedian made fun of "crackers" and "honkies" (yes, those are OFFENSIVE RACIAL SLURS), I would be one rich cracker and my wife would be a very happy honky. But that's apparently acceptable, because some white people did some disgusting things to their great great great grandparents a hundred years ago?! That's offensive. And hilarious. 

Sex sells and offensive is funny. Get over it.

i-right-i
i-right-i

Make mine an XL but here in Texas we put Corona under the box. No, it's not funny but neither is the Mexican invasion.

JohnnyDeep
JohnnyDeep

Well America invented tacos. So it dont matter. If you dont like it, you can geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet out!

Tracey Petersen
Tracey Petersen

Holy sh**!!! I shouldn't be shocked, but I am. Idiots!!!

Vh Hurtado
Vh Hurtado

ironically it's restaurants who are among the largest employers of undocumented labor

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