This photo was taken at the Cambria Christmas Market. Modeled after the German holiday celebration leading up to Christmas, Cambria’s infant version of the market is a nighttime bustling event with numerous sales stands where you can buy food, brew, crafts and other seasonal goodies. It was a brisk 58 degrees; cold enough for most, tolerably chilly for a few. Even though it was Sunday night, the narrow paths brimmed with a slow procession of oohing and ahhing visitors as they beheld the extensive light show.
The food choices were simple and basic Germanic. Brats, German potato salad, sauerkraut, hot chocolate…and tamales!
That’s right. Tamales. Not quite sure how that little deviation from traditional German festival cuisine sneaked its way onto the menu. Or that’s what I thought before I took a spin around the show and walked amongst the crowd and observed its demographic constituents. It occurred to me that it’s not that tamales are emblematic of German food (as far as I know), but the fact that so many of the visitors were Hispanic. I never knew Hispanics were so fond of German Christmas markets…this was the real surprise, perhaps. Everyone else in the Market crowd was what I would expect from a Central California traditional German holiday Christmas festival: White people. I’m not implying there were scores of Hispanics, but the fact there were as many families as I saw, and that the true barometer of Hispanic presence manifested itself with the “tamalian” menu, left me scratching my head.
Simultaneously, I was struck by the utter lack of “spare” ethnicities represented. I counted about one or two Black people, maybe 5 or 10 Asians. Zero Muslim garb despite the fact Germany is at least 5% so. This Christmas market was a very White event and growing up in Los Angeles, the dearth of any ethnic coloring was rather striking and unfamiliar to me. The preponderance of White people (and concomitant lack of melanin) at the Cambria Christmas market endangers its well-being and future success; any event that innately eschews the favored races of the politically expedient moment is in danger of being declared public enemy number one by the purveyors of racial justice and pathological equality.
Better not to announce this too loudly, for before long, we’ll read about Christmas markets being declared “racist” by the Colin Kaepernick crowd and the NAACP and every other liberal Jewish Hollywood maven who lasciviously strives to bring modern society to a screeching equilibrium which destroys the standard of living for all people except the most wretched and futile of them all. Because the virtuous quest for equality and suicidal fairness is an end unto itself. They will not allow Christmas markets to continue unabated once their secret gets out.
Christmas markets…where diversity is only light-bulb-deep. As it should be.