By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
May 3, 2016
Oconomowoc, WI - Apparently, the new management of the Hideaway Bar & Grill located on Okauchee Lake has decided to use the Sinaloa drug Cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera escape for its theme during a Cinco de Mayo event on May 5. The Hideaway Bar & Grill patrons are mostly White Republicans and the bar has held events for Republican candidates as well.
Some might argue, that using El Chapó as the main theme for the Hideaway Bar's Cinco de Mayo event only helps to spread hate and bigotry by Donald J. Trump, a candidate for the Republican nomination for president who believed and advocated that Mexico sents its criminals and rapists to the U.S.
It seems that the owner and the White patrons of the Hideaway Bar don't know the history of Cinco de Mayo. Today, the Hideaway Bar has added a criminal theme for Cinco de Mayo day celebrations while in other parts of the nation, the event has become more commercialized in the U.S. and adds to the contemporary recognition of the Mexican-American culture, its roots and traditional foods, music and dances.The Cinco de Mayo is also celebrated and recognized for the May 5, 1862 Battle of Puebla in Mexico. A poorly equiped army of Mexican peasants defeated the mighty French army, which wanted to form an independent French empire in Mexico.
Did you know, if the Battle in Puebla Mexico didn't happened the French would have made their way to the U.S. and help the South (Confederates) during the Civil War and they might have won the war with their help. We would probably have slavery today. Not to many people know, it was the Mexican peasants and army that defeated the French army. The Mexicans had won a great victory that kept Napoleon III and French army from supplying the confederate rebels for another year, allowing the northern union forces (U.S.) to build the greatest army the world had ever seen.
The grand U.S. army smashed the Confederates at Gettysburg just 14 months after the Battle of Puebla, essentially ending the Civil War, which united the nation under President Abraham Lincoln. It might be a historical stretch to credit the survival of the United States to those brave 4,000 Mexicans who faced an army twice as large in 1862.