A number of residents of Charlotte, North Carolina have been angered by the placement of two statues outside a new Mexican restaurant, Hot Taco
, on East Bland Street in South End.
“This particular image of the dozing Mexican – the quote unquote lazy Mexican – you know is probably one of the most of the popular images, derogatory images for Latino culture,” Amalia Deloney, the woman who started the petition, told WBTV
“This is something I was certain had been dealt with. I didn’t expect to see it in 2015. I didn’t expect to see it… so prominently displayed.”
On her Change.org petition
, Deloney wrote, “The stereotype that Mexicans are lazy is one that Mexicans and other Latinos are still battling to this day — despite the fact that many of our friends and family work long hours in low-wage service sector jobs or on dangerous construction sites, where wage theft, racial profiling, and other abuse driven by an anti-immigrant climate are a daily reality.”
One woman who signed the petition, Janira Castro, is a restaurant marketing manager who told the news station, “There is a plethora of wonderful images you can use to celebrate this culture that you’re using to make money. Even if you don’t get it, understand how it makes somebody else feel – and that’s what important.”