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Re: “The Holloways Start a Food Truck Dynasty on Rigsbee Avenue

I've had the pleasure of meeting Frank and being served by him across the street from Surf Club on a cold winter's night late last year. He was cool, told us about his family's business, served up some great food, and since we were his last customers and he was getting ready to head off he offered us some free bottles of water. I have tons of respect for what he and his mother are doing and wish them the best. And like you said, not only is the food great, but it is consistently so and it's not over-priced like most of the others on your top ten list.

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Posted by Jesus Vasquez on 06/21/2017 at 1:44 PM

Re: “Best of the Triangle 2017 Voting Results - Eat & Drink

Victoria,

Thanks for whitesplaining to me and other Latinos about how your participation in Luna Rotisserie's exploitation of people of color is acceptable because you like their "method."

That's Mighty White of you.

How would Luna be any different if they were Alt Right Neo-Nazis as opposed to being liberal dudebros? Just because you agree with someone's politics doesn't make their appropriation of other people's culture acceptable. It's also a bit hypocritical considering you have a special feature deriding another business for culture appropriation and which does the exact same thing Luna Rotisserie is doing.

But I'm not surprised you don't get that point considering the extreme lack of representation of people of color on the Indy's masthead.

The fact is you and the people at Luna Rotisserie are complicit in this country's structures of systemic oppression. You and Luna are engaging in white supremacy. You talk how you like their "method," well, if they really appreciated Latino culture and didn't want to culturally appropriate they could have assisted Latinos or indigenous Americans or immigrants from Central and South America in setting up a restaurant. Instead they stole traditions, methods, and a culture that isn't theirs and which belongs to a discriminated against and historically disadvantaged people, and they are making a fat profit off of it.

As to their alleged donation to El Futuro, how much exactly and what percentage of their profit is it? My guess is less than 1%, which is nothing considering what they've stolen out of the hands and mouths of Latinos and indigenous Americans. 100% of their profit comes from their cultural theft. Perhaps they should donate all of their profit, except maybe 10%, which they can keep for emergencies. That would be the right thing to do.

The fact is if you want to be a anti-racist ally then you would avoid going to places like Luna Rotisserie. If you insist on going there then you are guilty of racism and the exploitation of people of color.

Someone should organize like BLM does and disrupt them during lunch or dinner hour. Direct action is needed. Maybe a protest outside or a boycott. Maybe we could get Antifa to join us.

There are plenty of places in the triangle where you can get authentic Latin American cuisine made by actual Latinos, both immigrants and American-born.

These places are part of the community and didn't engage in cultural theft and just drop in hoping to profit of exploiting people of color or their culture. They serve a diverse crowd of all colors, because all are welcome, and the food is made with pride and love and is affordable because you'll get a lot there instead of the small piece of rubbery chicken and a large bill you'll find at Luna (and yes, I've eaten there, the portions are crazy small).

Also, Victoria, how about next time you do a best of the triangle series you have a special category for authentic restaurants that respect cultures and traditions. You can have "Best Latino Restaurant Owned By Actual Latinos," and "Best Asian Restaurant Owned By Actual Asians," as well as another category for everyone else.

Bottom line: If you're eating at places like Luna which exploit people of color, then you're guilty of racism and participating in a culture of white supremacy and oppression. Don't do it.

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Posted by Jesus Vasquez on 06/17/2017 at 9:18 AM

Re: “Chicken Bridge Bakery Feeds Bodies and Minds with Baked-In Messages of Resistance and Solidarity

Another White boy appropriates Latino culture. But it's cool, cause he's against HB2, supports the protestors at Standing Rock, and has Arabic on his bread.

White liberals, ladies and gentlemen.

It's cool to exploit the cultures and traditions of other races and the Indy will give you favorable press coverage so long as you signal your for gay marriage!

ROFL!

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Posted by Jesus Vasquez on 06/14/2017 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Best of the Triangle 2017 Voting Results - Eat & Drink

Like Luna, Nana's Tacos is another rip off of Latino culture. It's owned by White people. I met one of them once while there. Nice lady, but totally appropriated Latino culture.

The fact is, for people like the owners of Luna Rotisserie and Nana's Tacos and Dashi, blacks and browns and yellows are there to be exploited. We're mascots to them. They steal our culture, our history, our traditions, and make money off it while doing nothing for us.

Then "good liberals" like the audience base of The Indy vote for them. Apparently it's okay for these businesses to treat non-Whites as mascots and appropriate their culture so long as they're for letting men in women's bathrooms and they're against Trump and they source their food locally.

Time for those of us who aren't racist to boycott Luna Rotisserie, Nana's Tacos, and Dashi, for exploiting the culture of non-White peoples and profiting off it while doing nothing for the community.

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Posted by Jesus Vasquez on 06/13/2017 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Best of the Triangle 2017 Voting Results - Eat & Drink

Luna Rotisserie is owned by two white cisgender dudebros who have culturally appropriated and used money from their their rich daddies to steal a cuisine and concept from Latinos and indigenous folk in order to line their own pockets.

I'm very disappointed, but not surprised, that the Indy's liberal reader base chose them, but what really bothers is me is the accompanying commentary implying they're "immigrant-owned" when the Luna Rotisserie actually takes advantage of actual immigrants.

I would like to see what Luna has done for Latinos after appropriating Latino culture. Have they donated to El Centro or any other groups seeking to help make the lives of immigrants and Latinos better?

No.

Instead, they steal our cuisine and cash in on it.

Shame on Luna Rotisserie and shame on the Indy. If you're really an ally of Latino people, you would skip a visit to Luna and visit an actual Latin American restaurant owned and operated by actual Latinos as opposed to these white dudebros.

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Posted by Jesus Vasquez on 06/10/2017 at 8:37 AM

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