The spoiled New Jersey woman who sued her parents for financial support as a high-schooler posted a controversial photo on Instagram of the college student celebrating Cinco de Mayo with friends.
Rachel Canning, a 21-year-old lacrosse player at Western New England University in Massachusetts, is under fire for the photo she posted May 5.
“Dear Mr. Trump. glad you didn’t build that wall JUST YET. Happy Mexican St. Paddys day from our honorary Amigos to yours,” reads the caption of a photo of Canning and her lacrosse teammates — one held upside down over a keg — celebrating the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France. The caption is followed by an emoticon of a dark-haired man with a mustache.
A teammate of Canning’s posted a similar picture, captioning it, “Build that wall #wnelax.”
Western New England University students have responded to the post on social media.
“Problematic racist yt ppl @ my school,” wrote Jordan Mieko.
“I’m so offended,” wrote another student. “I bet you if you ask them what cinco de mayo is about they will say ‘its independents day (sic)’, for us when its not our independents day its September 13 but yeah really gets under my skin.”
September 16 commemorates Mexico’s independence from Spain and is the country’s most patriotic statutory holiday. Cinco de Mayo is more commonly celebrated in the United States than in Mexico.
“This is disgusting. Never did I thought people at our school would stoop this low,” wrote another student.
“So the Women’s Lacrosse team woke up and decided this is what they were going to do today. #BasicWhiteGirls,” another wrote.
Mia Mazzeo, one of the photographs “likers” on Instagram, issued an apology on Facebook.
“First off I want to publicly apologize for liking this photo, in my not sober state I scrolled through my timeline and liked every photo without reading the caption or even looking at the picture. I would not and do not condone racist behavior … To the girls in the photo, I ask you to not only own up to and publicly apologize for your actions but to take a step back and use your white privilege for good.”
Canning is currently spotlighted as a student-athlete on WNE’s women’s lacrosse team’s homepage.
Her profile describes her as a multi-sport athlete who was also the captain of her high school cheerleading squad. She writes that she “enjoys hiking and running,” and identifies herself as a pharmaceutical business major at the university.
In 2014, Canning alleged her parents were abusive and “inappropriate” in a highly publicized family feud.
Court documents show that Canning described her father as “inappropriately affectionate,” waking her up at 2:00 a.m. for beer pong games. She also said he force-fed her drinks.
Her mother caused her to become bulimic, she claimed, by calling her “fat” and “porky.”
Canning’s parents insisted that she moved out of their house on her own volition, because she refused to follow house rules, while Canning alleged they had kicked her out.
Canning moved back in with her family after a judge denied her request for financial support.
Canning’s parents were not aware of her social media activity when reached on Saturday. “I have no idea what she did,” her mother, Elizabeth Canning, told the Daily News. “I am not on Instagram.”