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University Apologizes For ‘Offensive’ Chocolate Mustaches Given For Dessert

North Carolina State University’s dining services officials have apologized for handing out “offensive” chocolate mustaches for dessert on Monday – Cinco de Mayo.

“We held a Cinco de Mayo event at Case Dining Hall, which featured a variety of Mexican dishes. We also gave away sombreros and chocolate ‘mustaches’ for dessert,” University Dining officials state on their official Facebook page. “We quickly learned that these elements were offensive to many members of our campus community.”

“While planned with good intentions, our event offended many people, and for that we sincerely apologize,” the statement continues. “We learned a valuable lesson, and it’s not a mistake we will make again.”

Apparently some students posed for pictures with the items and posted them on social media, prompting the firestorm of outrage, The Technician campus newspaper reports.

Cristal Vivanco, president of Mi Familia at N.C. State, told the newspaper the handouts publicly “endorsed a stereotype.”ChocolateMustachesInside.AVRY

“I think the event, more so than just being insensitive, was just plain ignorant,” she told The Technician. “I’d think a university that holds itself to a higher educational standard wouldn’t condone something like this.”

Randy Lait, a spokesman for the dining hall, told the paper: “It wasn’t our intent, but I think we crossed a line between celebrating a culture, and, with the sombreros and chocolate mustaches that we gave out, kind of making a cartoon characterization of a culture. We shouldn’t have done that.”

Apparently anger  over the incident even prompted the student body president to send out a campus-wide email reminding students about the university’s stance on tolerance and diversity, The Technician reports. Not satisfied with the dining services apology, some students have also called on the university to host some sort of conversation on cultural sensitivity over the incident, the paper adds.

Jennifer Kabbany is associate editor of The College Fix. ( @JenniferKabbany )

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  • equal_rights_for_all1

    I’m guessing most of the outraged students were white and the kitchen staff was Hispanic. Perhaps the staff brought home the leftover lollipops for their children-who would love them.

  • Dirtee Sanchez

    I am going blackface next year, so no one will be offended.

  • Ron

    This is the stupidest reason to be offended that I’ve seen so far this year.

  • lhogan

    “Opportunity gives a chance to a qualified, capable individual. Preference grants someone favor. ”
    Excellent! 13 words nails the issue with Affirmative Action.

    • old guy

      but preference also says without it you can not do it.

  • Raptor Jesus
  • alanstorm

    “You do not take a person who, for years, has been hobbled by chains
    and liberate him, bring him up to the starting line of a race and then
    say you are free to compete with all the others, and still just believe
    that you have been completely fair.”

    Think about that – if you think it applies NOW, then you are admitting that all of the “well-intentioned” leftist intervention of the past 40 or so years has accomplished nothing.

    Great argument for the elimination of AA.

  • Bill Francis

    This is one smart, capable woman. Good for her, she is correct in her analysis of the issue.

    • Joseph Corlett

      Mr. Francis: I agree, but she is incorrect in her first sentence. The SCOTUS did not recently rule that affirmative action is unconstitutional. The SCOTUS recently ruled that states have the right to ban racial preferences in college admissions.

  • Lin Mack

    TRUE – you do NOT need affirmative action to succeed. You are absolutely correct. However, you might want to research the issue of affirmative action a little deeper – admission based on sub-par qualifications or capabilities represents a situation that is NOT always the case. It is a stigma that has plagued the subject. Personally, I’d like to see the “legacy” advantage removed – where preference is given to candidates whose parents or grandparents or other direct ancestor is an alum.

  • Bobbala

    Conten … content of … their … char …. charac …ter … ROFLOL

  • werewife

    I should be very gratified to see Miss Crystal Hill and Mr. Tal Fortgang go into business together. This is one act that should be taken on the road!

  • Thank you.

  • lhfry

    The “we have to make allowances mentality” applies even to our President. He cannot be criticized – and why not? If we can’t criticize him just like any other President, then he is not truly our equal.

  • submandave

    Besides the question of merit it casts over all minorities that the author mentions, AA has had specific negative effects upon its actual beneficiaries. Studies show that students that would succeed or even excel at a college or in a program of study for which they are legitimately qualified will often fail when forced into a more difficult program. While diverse admissions to elite institutions does a lot to make these institutions and AA supporters feel good about themselves, they never talk about the students who fail to graduate, students who in many cases were perfectly qualified for other places and who could have been quite successful there. Completing a degree at a smaller school is much better for the student than dropping out of Harvard.

  • SouthofCincy

    Suggest that on May 5, 2015, you just skip it.

  • Ricardo Sosa

    The Constitution of the United States does NOT protect anyone’s “right to feel offended.”
    It does, however, protect everybody’s right to free expression.

    Whiners need to go to therapy, grow up and boost their self esteem.

    • CA

      Don’t you mean to say that it’s not against the bill of rights to offend someone? That’s what the 1st amendment is about, that you can, for example, be a racist, so long as you aren’t harming those who you are racing against. Harming people does not include making them feel bad.

  • CA

    This is the new type of “progressive” diversity: You are the boss of a company, and you decide to decorate the office with Christmas decorations, and you throw a fun Christmas party on the weekend. But one of your employees is Jewish, and another is East Indian, and they are very offended, so you have to appologize.

    Yeah, we have freedom of religion in this country, and freedom of speech. An apology wasn’t called for and shouldn’t have been made. And frankly the only people who are offended by chocolate mustaches and sombraro’s are those who have narcissistic personalities.

  • TheRealKingMax

    Crystal, I salute you, and admire your position.

    I’d like to use a paragraph from your column to make a point:

    “When America was still a deeply prejudiced nation, African Americans
    needed affirmative action to ensure they wouldn’t be passed over for
    positions or rejected from schools simply because of their race.
    However, today we live in a society where political correctness doesn’t
    let us acknowledge the progress that has been made since then, lest we
    think we live in a “post-racial” society”.

    Overall, I agree with your comments, but I’d like to make some suggested changes to your last sentence in this paragraph to reflect the reality of our political climate:

    However, today we live in a society where PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRAT political correctness HAS DESTROYED the progress that has been made since then, lest we think we live in a “post-racial” society. That is part of the process of using African-Americans to attack opposing political opponents.

    What is old is new again. African-Americans, long used by Democrats as a good source of votes, are now being used as a political attack tool as part of the progressive/socialist “divide and conquer” strategy.

    Bottom line: African Americans have been used as a political attack tool by a bigoted political party (Democrat) with a very long documented history of financially as well as physically enslaving African-Americans. The paradox is that the Democrat Party has also very successfully alienated almost all African-Americans from the very political party and ideology that also has a very long documented history of FREEING African-Americans.

    An open question to ALL minority groups, as well as African-Americans:

    What do you think the progressive/socialist Democrats will do with you once your usefulness as a political tool is done? Think about it – I mean, THINK ABOUT IT.

    Crystal, congrats on a well written article, and acknowledging your own giant step towards your own personal and financial freedom. Never sell your soul to ANY political ideology.

  • Shawn Higgins

    I am Irish and am offended that people drink beer on St. Patrick’s Day, who can I complain to about that?