Miami, Fla. -
A clash of cultures is brewing in Miami as a pizza marketing gimmick has gone wrong with both sides claiming racism, though for different reasons.
At issue is a pizza parlor called Pizza Patrón. In a marketing gimmick, it has offered free pizzas to anyone who can order it in Spanish. What was meant to be a harmless attempt to drum up business had turned into an odd alliance of a racial claim. Many Hispanics have said it is somewhat racists, and several white residents have said they feel left out if they don't know Spanish, and that it's not fair to them.
According to Yahoo News; Peter Thomas, chairman of the Conservative Caucus was quoted as saying, “It seems to punish people who can’t speak Spanish, and I resent that.” Siding with Thomas are several Hispanic groups who say it feels a bit racist, but that they understand it was not meant to be.
Other have argued that people need to relax, all you have to do is say a few words in Spanish and you got your pizza, and as the Sun Sentinel reports: 'nobody has to give up their U.S.-citizenship, turn their back on democracy or change their views on immigration policy.'
Regardless, Pizza Patrón has said it will move forward with its offer which runs on June 5th for both its Miami and Hialeah location while supplies last.