To: Illegal Tacos
There's nothing "catchy" about racism: Pledge to Boycott "Illegal Tacos"
A new taco shop is opening on Broad and Lombard Streets in South Philadelphia, offensively donning the name "Illegal Tacos". The owner has gone on record in a recent Philly.com article in support of using the slur for its catchy, risky sound, saying, "The tacos are so good, they should be illegal!"
Let's show him that there's nothing "catchy" about racism and pledge to boycott this establishment and demand that its offensive name is removed.
Why is this important?
In a time when there is a president who uses racist rhetoric to describe immigrants on a near-daily basis in order to drum up support for his white supremacist agenda, naming this restaurant "Illegal Tacos" is a slap in the face to those in our community who face this harassment and discrimination in their lives.
Bragging about only hiring Mexican chefs to authentically prepare the food, as the restaurant's owner Florian Furxhiu stated in a Philly.com piece, only makes things worse. Once again our community is valued only for their labor and not their huamnity.If Furxhiu wants to open an authentic Mexican restaurant, he should do so in solidarity with the folks making his food and from whose culture the recipes come and not name his restaurant after a dehumanizing slur.
PS: If you wish to actually support Philadelphia's immigrant community please consider donating to Juntos. We are a locally based immigrant-rights organization that fights for the rights and humanity of our community. To donate please go to vamosjuntos.org/donate