lmao George Packer's book includes a reference to the infamous "Oberlin banh mi" incident without mentioning that it's been completely debunked.
There was no 'protest.' A single student told a reporter for the student newspaper that the cafeteria banh mi didn't have traditional banh mi ingredients. He never said it was 'cultural appropriation' and he's from Vietnam! He would know!
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It's a huge indictment of the journalistic standards of the writers pushing this moral panic. Three minutes on google would have gotten him the more nuanced account.

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