For Americans, Cinco de Mayo is another excuse for excess — to drown themselves in Mexican beer and margaritas, and wear sombreros for fun, as if donning one imbues one with actual culture. “Cinco de Drinko,” was how Good Morning America anchor Lara Spencer referred to it last year, before she tweeted an apology, while the hosts of MSNBC’s Way Too Early had to apologize for their own margarita-and-sombrero incident. Indeed, on this one day, Americans drink more beer than on St. Patrick’s Day or during the the Super Bowl.
While the United States will go to great — even deadly — lengths to secure its border from Mexican immigrants, it will gladly accept aspects of Mexican culture that it can bastardize.
And the saddest part? The real history gets lost. No, Cinco de Mayo is not “Mexican Independence Day.”