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Dartmouth cancels cardiac fundraiser, says 'fiesta' theme racist

Dartmouth cancels cardiac fundraiser, says fiesta theme racist.
Dartmouth cancels cardiac fundraiser, says fiesta theme racist.
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Call it another egregious case of political correctness gone wild. A fundraiser intended to benefit cardiac care at Dartmouth was canceled because one student took offense at the "Phiesta" theme, the Daily Caller reported Saturday.

Presidents of the Phi Delta Alpha fraternity and the Alpha Phi sorority canceled Saturday's planned event after student Daniela Hernandez sent an email expressing outrage over the event's theme. Phi Delta president Taylor Catchcart explained why the event was called off.

“We felt that the possibility of offending even one member of the Dartmouth community was not worth the potential benefits of having the fundraiser,” he said.

Hernandez, a self-described "Mexican-born, United-States-raised, first-generation woman of color," said “there are various problematic structures and ideologies regarding a Cinco de Mayo-inspired event." She also decried what she called “the Americanization of Cinco de Mayo and its construction as a drinking holiday in the United States, cultural appropriation and the inappropriate usage of cultural clothing, and the exploitation of groups of people and cultures for the sake of business opportunities.”

Alysson Satterlund, director of the the Office of Pluralism and Leadership and the Panhellenic Council, claimed the event marginalized and mocked Hispanics. She also said the fundraiser does not represent Dartmouth’s values.

“Events that mock and marginalize others certainly do not reflect our Principle of Community and do not reflect values of inclusion, respect and a care for others,” she told the Dartmouth in an email. It is unclear, however, how burritos and salsa are offensive.

The Daily Caller said the event was set to include live music, virgin piña coladas and strawberry daiquiris. Burritos, chips and salsa, and guacamole would also have been served. All proceeds would have gone to benefit cardiac treatments.

Eric Owens said the latest incident shows that as an institution, Dartmouth is "slowly going insane." He cited several recent examples where political correctness has won the day at the liberal college.

As we reported in February, a group of “concerned Asian, Black, Latin@, Native, Undocumented, Queer, and Differently-Abled students" at Dartmouth threatened "physical action" if the school did not cave to a laundry list of demands. Administrators, Owens said, later caved and met many of those demands.

Russell Rickford, an assistant history professor at the school, called Martin Luther King, Jr. Day “a tool of the far-right imperialists to appease people" in January. Left wing activists at the school also used a planning meeting to discriminate against non-liberals.

Last April, the school canceled classes for a day, opting instead to hold a public forum addressing a small student group’s concerns that the Ivy League school supports social ills such as sexism, racism and capitalism, Owens added. He also cited a January 2013 incident where a student allegedly made eye contact and spoke gibberish other students perceived as mock Chinese.

"Dartmouth’s Bias Incident Response Team then sprung into action," Owens said. "However, as far as The Daily Caller knows, that student remains a fugitive."

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