Customers Demand Mexican Restaurant Remove Racist Statues

September 22, 2015

The statues perpetuate the “lazy Mexican” stereotype.

Many residents of Charlotte, N.C. are saying a new Mexican restaurant in town is advocating racist stereotypes with its decorations. The Charlotte Observer reports that a petition has begun circulating asking the owners of Hot Taco to remove two outdoor statues depicting a sombrero-wearing Latino men sleeping against a wall.

Petition writer Amalia Deloney tells the Observer, “This particular image of the dozing Mexican — the quote unquote lazy Mexican — is probably one of the most of the popular images, derogatory images for Latino culture.” Deloney, who is Guatemalan, adds: “I didn’t…