Two women were recently driven out of business for serving burritos while white.
Millennials Kali Wilgus and Liz “LC” Connelly tasted success for a short while after opening Kooks Burritos in Portland, Oregon, but after their business was featured in a local paper, the duo was hit with an onslaught of negative media attention filled with accusations of "cultural appropriation" from your standard miserable social justice warriors.
Apparently Wilgus and Connelly infringed on the non-existent copyright on burritos.
The women explained to Willamette Week that they traveled to Puerto Nuevo, Mexico, and became obsessed with tortillas, speaking with the local "tortilla ladies" for ingredients and tips.
"I picked the brains of every tortilla lady there in the worst broken Spanish ever, and they showed me a little of what they did," said Connelly. "They told us the basic ingredients, and we saw them moving and stretching the dough similar to how pizza makers do before rolling it out with rolling pins.”
After creating their own spin on the tortilla via a trial-and-error process, the women decided to engage in the American dream and open their own pop-up shop on the weekends. Kooks Burritos was born, and they thrived.
Enter: social justice warriors.
Getting a whiff of Wilgus and Connelly's process of creating tortilla recipes, leftist outlets like Mic.com and The Portland Mercury pounced: painting the female entrepreneurs contributing to society as racist, sticky-fingered villains.
"Because of Portland’s underlying racism, the people who rightly own these traditions and cultures that exist are already treated poorly. These appropriating businesses are erasing and exploiting their already marginalized identities for the purpose of profit and praise," accused The Portland Mercury.
"People of color are nothing more than an afterthought when the white perpetrators of this tradition continue to do this on a regular basis. While Portland is supposedly a progressive place, super liberal white people usually only have other super white liberal people to answer to — which means this cycle of cultural appropriation will never end until people of color call attention to it," the piece continued.
Soon after, the business was forced into closing its doors, and its online presence has all but disappeared. The Portland Mercury called the closure a "victory."
The closing of Kooks Burritos is deeply disturbing but it is not surprising that it was caused by the social justice left. As noted by Ryan James Girdusky of Red Alert Politics, the crusade to punish alleged "cultural appropriation" merely deepens divides and actually works to destroy American culture, rather than enhance it:
By sectioning off ideas deemed “non-white,” social justice warriors are dividing people and destroying culture by forbidding it to blend, evolve, and become embraced as inherently American. ... The war on food is social Marxism masked as a campaign for economic populism and cultural purity. It is just another failed theory that the left has embraced and tried to sell to the masses.