There’s a huge issue brewing that is just racist and completely ignorant of one ethnic group’s civil rights. This group’s actions have been completely misinterpreted and its time to take action and boycott!
No, I’m not talking about illegal immigration. I’m talking about the right for Filipinos to eat with a fork and spoon.
Apparently, up in Canada, a 7-year-old Filipino child has been punished repeatedly for eating with a fork and spoon:
Luc Cagadoc‚Äôs table behaviour is traditionally Filipino; he fills his spoon by pushing the food on his plate with a fork, his mother, Maria Theresa Gallardo, says.
But after being punished by his school‚Äôs lunch program monitor more than 10 times this year for his mealtime conduct ‚Äî including his technique ‚Äî the seven-year-old told Gallardo said last week that he was too embarrassed to eat his dinner.
‚ÄúMommy, I don‚Äôt want to eat anymore,‚Äù Gallardo says Luc told her at the kitchen table April 11. ‚ÄúMy teacher is telling me that eating with a spoon and fork is yucky and disgusting.‚Äù
When he eats with both a spoon and fork, instead of only one utensil, the Grade 2 student said the lunch monitor moves him to a table to sit by himself.
The outrage! The racism! The fear-mongering!
Well, I’m not sure if its all that, but it does seem silly and wrong. I eat with a fork and a spoon. I’m not sure if you would call it traditionally Filipino, the way the kamayan technique – basically eating with your hands in a certain way – is. Certainly, the only people I know who eat with both the fork and spoon are Filipinos. And while it might seem unusual to most Westerners, its certainly not yucky and disgusting, as the child quoted the monitor.
Besides, I never understood the point of having both a fork and spoon in a restaurant if you’re just going to ignore the spoon if you’re not having soup or mixing your coffee or tea. I mean, dang – use it! They’re going to have to wash it anyway!
(Photo from The West Island Chronicle)