Taco restaurant thinks their “How to Catch an Illegal Immigrant” t-shirts are "witty and comical"

(Courtesy Nathan Sloan and NBC)

(Courtesy Nathan Sloan and NBC)

A Mexican food restaurant in South Carolina features the above tee shirt and considers it appropriate and funny. It features a box trap with two tacos placed just-so to entice undocumented immigrants.

Isn't that a knee slapper? I bet you can't wait to buy one of your very own, because hey, they are clever-r-r-r! Nothing says "witty" like a racist tee shirt.

And by witty I mean offensive as hell and idiotic.

NBCLatino has reaction to the shirts here, as well as this:

Taco Cid did not respond to an NBC Latino request for comment but updated its website with a statement.

Our t-shirts were created as a witty and comical statement regarding ILLEGAL immigrants. There are NO racial nor hate remarks towards any specific ethnic group. Taco Cid and its employees are not racists,” the statement continued. ”As most tax paying Americans, we do believe ILLEGAL immigrants are taxing the system we support and live under, thereby, causing us to work harder and pay more taxes in support of their illegal activities which our government has simply chosen to look the other way. Is it racist to disagree with those who are not supporting the American system?”

Taco Cid employees wear the shirts and they are also available for purchase, according to Think Progress.

Brian Cohen, is the owner of BeWild.com, which also sells the shirts and says the shirts are not his designs — they just sell them.

Oh well, then, if it's a "statement regarding ILLEGAL immigrants" it's perfectly acceptable, A-OK, hunky dory. Carry on!

As of now, Yelp.com has them at a one-star rating:

yelp rating mexican restaurant racist tee

"Drug front" indeed. You'd have to be on drugs to patronize that place.

  • I don't need to look it up but thank you for *trying* to enlighten me by broadening my vocabulary though. It means so much to me in light of this post which is devastating more important than something you're trying to make all about you. I call that narcissism. Look it  up and enrich your mind. 

  • QwertyForm22

    How can you criticize me for picking a single word I dislike when you picked two: "witty" and "comical."

    Of course, this is all notwithstanding the fact that I agree it is offensive, bigoted, insensitive, etc. 

    I just happen to believe that words have meaning. If they do not, then we cannot communicate. If we cannot communicate, how can we address any issues?

    P.S. Calling me a Republican--which I'm not--to dismiss my comment is textbook deflection (i.e., not addressing the issue). It's called an "ad hominem" argument and it's a logical fallacy. Look it up and enrich your mind.

  • Clearly you are missing a very glaring element of this racist t-shirt, and that is the inherent stupidity of illegal Mexican immigrants that it implies. The totality of the message strongly suggests, if even subliminally, that illegal immigrants, (tacitly agreed to be Mexican) have no greater intelligence than a church mouse if they can be caught with such a crude device.  In sum: they either just don't have the wherewithal to figure out that it's a trap or they are so driven by their overwhelming lust for tacos.  Of course it's racist and that you argue against that very blatant fact leads me to believe that you are exercising a great degree of denial in your social perspective.

  • Qwerty agrees! Le sigh...finally. 

  • "The shirt is in poor taste; I'll leave it at that."
    And that's where we differ greatly. You would 'leave it at that' whereas this author spoke on the ugly nature of the shirt, highlighting what is wrong with this country when others (that's you) take it so lackadaisically. 

  • Of course, you're kidding. Ha ha! But, it's about as funny as deflection, "Look over there, it's my other hand!"  Instead of addressing the issue, you're essentially visiting a site and cherry picking a word you don't like, but guess what the breaking news is: It's not 'witty nor comical' to demean an entire group of people. You're a Republican aren't you? Pass that message on while your party is reportedly 'soul searching' (that particular report I find to be highly 'comical.').  GOPers, you're doing it wrong. 

  •  It "IS". Well! Alrighty then!

  • QwertyForm22

    Could be? Rather, it IS.

    As to the "inherent superiority," this could very well be true.

    The shirt is in poor taste; I'll leave it at that.

  • Could be, but it's pretty clear to me and to the readers who have contacted me on Twitter. The racial prejudice is obvious, as is an attitude of "inherent superiority."

  • QwertyForm22

    "And" is conjunctive not disjunctive. The shirt may express a belief that a love of tacos is a primary determinant of illegal immigrants, but it does not go further AND say that this love produces an inherent superiority of a particular race. Gotta have both.

  •  To me, they both apply. Not an either or.

    1: a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race

    2: racial prejudice or discrimination

    bigot - a prejudiced person who is intolerant of any opinions differing from his own

    bigot: a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance

  •  Noun1.racist - a person with a prejudiced belief that one race is superior to othersracialistbigot - a prejudiced person who is intolerant of any opinions differing from his ownAdj.1.racist - based on racial intolerance; "racist remarks"racial - of or characteristic of race or races or arising from differences among groups; "racial differences"; "racial discrimination"2.racist - discriminatory especially on the basis of race or religionanti-semite, antiblackdiscriminatory, prejudiced - being biased or having a belief or attitude formed beforehand; "a prejudiced judge"

  • QwertyForm22

    This is a first: Racism for ascribing unhealthy eating habits to a particular ethnic group. Stereotyping? Culturally insensitive? Yes. Bigoted? Maybe.

    Racist? If you know the definition of the term, probably not.

  • “Our t-shirts were created as a witty and comical statement
    regarding ILLEGAL immigrants. There are NO racial nor hate remarks
    towards any specific ethnic group."

    Right. Because we all know all illegal immigrants are Mexicans or Latinos with a weakness for Tacos.