Actually, "Ay Pepito" is a Mexican variant of a far older Scottish ballad called "I Was a Gay Spark in My Time", which tells the same story but through a far different cultural lens. Curious parties can seek out a version by the late, great Hamish Imlach if they'd like a chuckle and the challenge of translating things through a Scottish brogue.
Dear Gustavo, In response to the snarky commentary above and on the subject of language...I enjoy your column, being called guera by my Mexican supervisor, being called m'ija and taught the Spanish equivalent of objects by my Mexican co-workers and being good naturedly included in conversations with people who flow between English and Spanish with beautiful fluidity. Students pay big bucks to take language classes here at the University but this old white lady is getting it and more for free. Cogitate on that "Anglo Reader" and brush up on your own English grammar, punctuation and composition if you're so dead
proud of it.
Dear Mex: two comments on this weeks letters and YOUR answers. 1 hardly ever read your column. Today I did and now I recall why. If you want to pick up Anglo readers like me, it strikes me you should speak in clear English decipherable to us. I have no idea what Gabacho means, etc. Therefore you have not communicated. Ditto, "Pocha." (??) 2. Parks in the city is in my opine a lame excuse here in Tucson b'cuz of Reid, usually filled with every ethnicity living here, including yours from Christmas to St. Swivins Day. Lastly, in Denver with a high Hispanic population, there exists "green zones" (aka PARKS) what seem to be every ten blocks for most of the last century, occasioned by every one, from the famous author of Broadway plays to nudists....so there. Rethink your think, bud.
Nice straw man letter for everyone to laugh at the stupid gringos. You really expect me to believe any one is so stupid to simultaneously:
1) eat at Taco Bell (ok, guilty in my younger days before I got the digestive connection)
2) assume from no evidence that the clerk is Mexican AND illegal
3) not know how to pronounce jalapeno
4) write a letter to 'Ask A Mexican' about it
Good article. I don't know why some Americans have a problem with learning the pronounciation of other languages, but I never do. I wonder how this guy reacts to trying to pronounce a Chinese word on the back of a fortune in a fortune cookie? Some of us are willing to ask the waitress. (:
@rbwinn Cortez and Pizarro were able to defeat the native peoples with so few soldiers due to the native's lack of immunity to the diseases the Spanish, and others brought with them. It's now thought by many that the native population of the Americas was much larger than previously suspected. What our ancestors did, by simply coming here, made the Black Death look like the sniffles.
Once upon a time in May 2006 I had a protest in front of St. Augustine Cathedral Tucson Arizona, on the issue of the Catholic Church's, and Bishop Kikanas, support for Tucson City Open Border Policy.
My "Sunday Sermon" quickly morphed into a direct attack on the Catholic Church, ("why do you Mexican men allow the Padre to fornicate your chldren") mostly for their cover up of the Priest Pedophile Scandal, Bishop Kikanas being a prime actor.
I was roundly chastised in the press for being a "racist," Now however "The Mexican" expresses the same sentiment!
I AGREE with The Mexican! The Church DOES enslave its followers!
Viva Zapata! Long Live the Mexican Revolution!
Warden, the Notorious Mexican Flag Burner
I hope that all who read the tripe you have written realize that you speak only for yourself and that you do not represent the Mexican American community. Many, if not most of us, who have roots in Mexico still hold the Church in high regard, while condemning the vile acts of the few.
Cortez conquered the Aztec empire with about a thousand Spanish soldiers, some of whom he had to fight and subdue before using them because they had been sent by the Govenor of Cuba to Mexico to arrest him. Pizarro conquered the Inca empire with about 50 soldiers. The weakness of these native American empires was their belief in the absolute power of their rulers.
While I am a great fan of the site I feel your view (and facts) concerning President Obama are narrow and former Pres.Bush are unfocused. Pres. Obama inherited the Bush legacy concerning Mexico. If you remember Dubyas favorite saying:" Mexicans do jobs that Americans don't want to do." Americans don't want to do jobs that pay substandard wages, that are hazardous and unsafe, no health benefits and where you can be fired just because they don't want to pay you. In addition, like most immigrant groups, there is the coyote like middlemen that take part or all your wages for lodging, transportation, food and so on. They have as much regard for their fellow latinos as the white corporate exploiters that made possible, safe houses, cross border recruiting, and transportation around the country. In addition these middlemen served as translators so they would cash checks, warn not to seek help from police, manage medical "needs" and so forth. When the appeasement crackdown inadvertently starting including the businesses illegally employing illegal immigrants they applied the "Texas solution." Since they had no rights, Union protection or representation from the "Uncle Joses" in the state or Federal gov. they were just dumped into the general populace. No place to stay, no jobs, no family, often no available family, they either had to find a way back to Mexico, turn to gangs or crime and they became far more vulnerable to deportation. So, spearheaded by the bigots, their former "Patrons", the ignorantly fearful and a very profitable border /wall building and recruitment program there became a perfect storm of increased deportation. If you start out treating people like slaves, if they continue to accept that idea as being even marginally ok then you aren't American or Mexican. The main thing has to be, don't forget, don't vote Conservative because Grandma went to church and Grandad was in the Marines. And for Gods sake don't ignore what is happening in Texas and AZ.!
Words hurt the psyche. Gabacho is an ethnic slur.
Holding views that make generalizations about any race ( race is ) is racism. Whether you're white and racist against Mexicans, Mexican and racist against whites, it's still racism. That was my point. If I write a column calling Mexicans wetbacks and saying they're too lazy to go to school, you would rightly call me a racist. So how would that be different than this guy calling whites gabachos and saying they're too lazy and fat to pick crops?
This article is ludicrous in every respect. Racial stereotypes are, of course, an unfortunate part of racism and the “lazy Mexican” is one. It was a common slur that I heard most of 70 years ago, in large part (I thought at the time) based on the fact that there were a number of Mexican men sitting around the public places in Bisbee. They were there seeking work, not loafing. As employment opportunities came during World War II, these same men became proud and productive citizens.
That aside, illegal immigration is wrong and should be stopped in a reasonable manner. Those here now have no true legal standing to remain in the US and as such should return or be returned to their country of origin where they can, then, begin the process to return as legitimate immigrants.
Back here in real life, mine has been enriched by a few of those immigrants who worked hard, long and smart without forgetting to enjoy life. Am I being racist in thinking people with whom I have many differences can be a source of important learning? I think, rather, that people like Bslap just don't enjoy the fact they are not the sole crown of creation.
Seems like your racism has toned down a little in the last 5 years. I just picture all the little white liberals lapping it up and asking you for more.
Pro tip: most Mexicans aren't racist, so don't let this one example start a stereotype.
I'll DRINK To THAT !!!
...or show thinking breathing people a picture of Raul Grijalva...how did it go? "Just one look, that's all it took, just one look."
Perturbed in Pacific Palisades is a jerk. Oops, I meant JERK.
Where does LULAC say that? I'm only seeing right-wing links with no citations when I google the phrase.
Drat, nam6870vet stole my thunder on every possible Mel Brooks-type Nazi joke.
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