Sunday, May 20, 2007

Oy! The Latino Pizza Menace!!

As Jews, we should be thankful that Mr. Mark Krikorian didn't live 100 years ago when our ancestors came to America:

Pizza for pesos deal causes ruckus in Dallas

Apparently a Pizza Patron (founded by an Italian Lebanese guy) , a chain located in Texas and other parts of the Southwest has caused quite a ruckus by accepting payment in Pesos. Not I'm not sure why this is a problem, as I have visited border states in Mexico, and have found that many business quite happily accept payment in US dollars.

Now here's what Mr. Krikorian had to day:

Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington, a group that seeks to limit immigration, said he was concerned that Hispanics could create a parallel mainstream in the United States.

"It's a trivial example, but Hispanics now have their own pizza chain," Krikorian said. "It's a consequence of having too many people arrive from a single foreign culture, and may well reflect a kind of cultural secession."

Hmm, just substitute "Jewish" and "kosher restaurants" in the above sentence for "Hispanics" and what you have is Boro Park. How long will it take to start hearing antisemitism from the wingnuts?

The other thing is that this is a Mexican thing, not a "Hispanic" thing, after All Pizza Patron does not accept payment in bolivianos, or Uruguayan pesos, or Brazilian reals, or guarani. It only accepts Mexian pesos, which seems reasonable to me, as Texas is right next door to Mexico.


Anonymous balabusta in blue jeans said...

It also accepts U.S. dollars--and this is not a special Mexicans-only pizza chain. Anyone can eat there.

I've been following the story, and if it's the same place, the guy running it just figured people would like having a place to spend that forty bucks or so in pesos that you bring back from a trip to visit the relatives.

I cannot for the life of me work out why this seems to upset some people so. Anglos also get to pay in pesos. And you can't tell me that some towns along the northern border won't take Canadian dollars in payment.

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