A warning about drunk-driving checkpoints during the Cinco de Mayo holiday got the Oakland (Calif.) Police Department in hot water.
The lengthy warning, titled “Fiesta Time or Jail Times,” about driving while intoxicated made many references to such drinks as tequila and margaritas, and many people complained it was offensive.
“In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has become synonymous with festive fiestas and salty margaritas,” the warning said. “Historically, the fifth of May commemorates Mexico’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War, but present-day celebrations often lead to drunk driving—and there’s no victory in that.”
I agree that some of the wording on the Oakland PD’s twitter account was out of line, and those involved should have action taken against them. But the truth is Cinco De Mayo is celebrated just as the 4th of July. Many do drink and I don’t see anyone stopping DUI checkpoints for us, “they damn sure better after this!”
I am tired of the one sided rules we see in America, Americans have to worry about hurting everyone’s feelings. Now in addition to that we will not even have the same treatment for holidays. Every holiday that is typically known for drinking there is always DUI checkpoints.
How can we have different rules for different cultures, when we have the whole country in an uproar fighting for equality? How is this equality, this is one culture getting special treatment because of their culture. If Americans started an uproar over being offended because of DUI checkpoints on the 4th of July or New Years Eve, it would not make any difference and the checkpoints would continue as scheduled.