In Amarillo, a Mexican Restaurant Named ‘Big Beaners’ Provokes Controversy

In Amarillo, a Mexican Restaurant Named ‘Big Beaners’ Provokes Controversy
In Amarillo, a Mexican Restaurant Named ‘Big Beaners’ Provokes Controversy
Sign that reads "Big Beaners" in Amarillo, TexasLast Thursday, I logged on to Facebook and saw a post that knocked me in the gut. It was an op-ed about a new Mexican restaurant in Amarillo named Big Beaners; the word “beaner” is a racial slur with a long and ugly history. The restaurant’s red-and-green sign also features a cartoonish kidney-bean mascot, complete with a handlebar mustache, sombrero, and pointy cowboy boots. Together, the name and logo have all the trappings of debasing caricature that has long stereotyped Mexicans, Mexican Americans, and their food—from the term “wetback” to the infamous “sleeping Mexican” image once used by Taco Bell and other restaurants.  The news had already caused a ruckus on Reddit, where some presumably Mexican American users wrote that the name didn’t offend them,…View Original Post

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