Political correctness has reached such an extreme of self-parody that the authorities would rather have people drive drunk than admit that drinking is associated with a Mexican holiday:
First, the Oakland Police Department put out a Cinco de Mayo news release called “Fiesta Time or Jail Time” that equated the cultural holiday with getting buzzed on margaritas and shots of tequila. Then, early Tuesday, after receiving complaints that some of the language in the advisory about extra DUI patrols was offensive, police officials issued an apology. But apparently that was not enough. By Tuesday afternoon the department said it was pulling the plug on the special enforcement plans. …
[P]olice Spokeswoman Johnna Watson … stressed that the department would still deploy extra officers who will be on the alert for drunken driving and other criminal activity during the holiday. However, she said, the specific DUI traffic patrols that are paid for by a state grant will be moved to another date.
The decision came just hours after a public apology for an advisory that the department called “completely insensitive to the cultural holiday.” The message said, “In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has become synonymous with festive fiestas and salty margaritas,” and later added ” … present-day celebrations often lead to drunken driving.”
How insensitive! Apologies to readers of Mexican ancestry.
At least progressive authorities can still warn us not to drive drunk on St. Patrick’s Day. They regard people with Irish ancestry as regular Americans who are therefore not sacred.
On a tip from Varla. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.