Racism is never fashionable.
A South Carolina-based Mexican restaurant called Taco Cid is learning that the hard way this week after coming under fire for selling t-shirts printed with the words "How To Catch An Illegal Immigrant" over an illustration of tacos set as bait under a makeshift trap.
The tees, which are an insane $35 each, are apparently in high demand from people all over the country, at least according to the restaurant.
Lisa Navarrete of the National Council of La Raza said of the t-shirt:
"Of course it's offensive. It's mean to be. This is simply a failing business trolling for attention… We would recommend people not patronize this place. Sure, because of this insult but really due to the fact that a restaurant this clueless about the Latino community can't possibly make a decent taco."
Meanwhile, Taco Cid claims that the shirts are meant to be a humorous dig at the current illegal immigration problem in the country, stating on their website:
"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. We do believe ILLEGAL immigrants are burdening the system we support and live under, thereby, causing us to work harder and pay higher taxes to support the illegal activities, which our government has simply chosen to look the other way. Is it "racist" to disagree with those who are not supporting the American system?"
We believe in the restaurant's right to freedom of speech, but we also think there are better ways of fighting for your beliefs that don't involve offensively racist statements disguised as lame attempts at humor.
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