Just once, just once I would love for my home state to make the national news for something that wasn’t embarrassing.
In West Columbia, on the route to the Columbia Metropolitan Airport, nestled between a nail salon and a bingo joint, there is a tiny taco restaurant called Taco Cid. I’ve never been, but I might have to go now, just to see if I can get a glimpse of the racist t-shirt making the national “make fun of South Carolina” rounds.
This shirt is worn by the employees and sold by the restaurant to any interested buyer (via Corey Hutchins of the Free Times):
What they have to say about the t-shirts on their website:
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 racist. We will serve EVERY individual with the same quality of service, respect in a friendly and welcoming manner.
Our food is fresh and prepared and served in the SAME QUALITY and QUANTITY, regardless of your race, religion or political views.
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?
We are an equal opportunity employer and will hire anyone who meets our needs and is a legal citizen or immigrant. We do not hire illegal immigrants. Our employees pay taxes.
We are open Monday through Saturday and closed Sundays — in observance of a day of worship.
If you do not agree with our views on ILLEGAL immigrants, please do not visit our establishment. If you agree with our view on American Equality in citizenship and tax fairness, then show your support and come join us for lunch or dinner.
The thing is, though, that immigrants in this country without permission are committing a civil offense, not a criminal one — calling an undocumented immigrant illegal is inherently marginalizing. So the site just really compounds racist comment upon racist comment. Not to mention the fact that immigrants bring a workforce that SC farms need to function, and thereby generate revenue. Something that SC, which languishes as one of the most impoverished states in the nation, desperately needs.
Even better, the shirt isn’t even original — they’ve apparently lifted it from some offensive t-shirt website. Awesome job, South Carolina. Keep up the good work.
(More at Palmetto Public Record)