There's a lot of name-calling going on out there.
Rush Limbaugh called Sonia Sotomayor a reverse racist.
Fox commentator Glenn Beck called Barack Obama a racist
Some debated on Chicago Now's "An Improvised Blog" whether John Hughes was a racist for not having more people of color in his films and for creating a stereotypical Asian character in "16 Candles."
In the post I questioned why the media has celebrated him as the preeminent authority on Mexican food in the U.S. when he isn't Mexican. I made it clear that he's a great chef but he gets all the attention. I think some of that media attention should go to other Mexican or Latino chefs.
Is it racist to say the media should be more inclusive? I don't think so.
Is it racist for me to say I only went to each of his restaurants once? Is it racist for me to say that I do not want to give Bayless my money? He doesn't need it anyway.
When I go out to eat Mexican food, I prefer to support local Mexican or Latino-owned restaurants. Is that racist to want to help business owners from the Latino community when I can?
It's true you don't have to be from a country to be an expert on its
cuisines. Look at Julia Child, as some of you pointed out in your
But she wasn't the only French-cooking chef celebrated in this country.
For a long-time women had to battle to gain respect as chefs. And many
people of color in this country still face that same struggle when it
comes to being recognized by the culinary elites.
My point is try naming a Mexican chef who has a regional or national reputation and who isn't Rick Bayless.
Let's give them some of the spotlight.
And let's be careful when we start throwing around that loaded word: racist.