"but because the food is usually watered down to fit the taste buds of gabachos"
No stereotyping there. And, yes, yes it is.
Forget to mention when your parents, or elders, ask you something, you always answer with Si, Señora or Si, Señor (Yes, Mam, Yes, Sir or No Mam, No Sir.)
I always thought "Mande" sorta morphed in vernacular translation to "tell me" or "explain".
To me the word mande is a form of respect taught by your parents. What's wrong with that? Whether you abide by it-- "command me" is another thing.
Let's remember that Jaime Escalante was from Bolivia. He has a very reputable school named after him in Cochabamba.
" judging by the litters of kids Mexican women produce, more men take up the invitation than not.."
Since you brought it up, I think that's more a lack of birth control.
Exactly Lobo Blanco. We have a growing number of American citizens whose stupidity embarrasses me. Could there possibly be room for more?
Hey pindejo you sound just like a JOTO or a vieja ie."Hello"you my friend sure hell dont represent my race (chicano), your ugly to the bone ,you look more Idian then hispanic, and I know you sure hell don't know the spanish LANGUAGE. chingado como eres de feyo cabron!!
More mental illness.
"Matando güeros/Ricky Ramirez style"
Good to see you're letting your true feelings show through once in a while.
More lyrics from your favorite song:
Killing white boys - Long live the race!!!
Killing white boys - Like Pancho Villa!!!
Killing white boys - Satan takes care of you
Killing white boys - Killing white boys!!!
Machete in hand and hot native blood
Satanic force, looking for vengance
In the north we will take over
I agree that Gustavo often takes a thoughtful and interesting question, one that dares display a naiveté about Mexican and Mexican-American culture, and dances around it with humorous derision and wordplay rather than dig deeper into the matter. Humor is part of his stock in trade, but it's still possible to address the question with humor and jocularity instead of ignoring it, or fearing like actually answering the question will ruin the column with too much dour gravitas.
Not to be a killjoy, but in Tucson EVERYBODY I saw, regardless of race, ethnicity, creed or color, dragged his/her butt while crossing the street. I think it's just a Western thing where car culture takes precedence over pedestrian culture. People out West aren't used to traveling by foot, so they do it gingerly and with caution. (Just my tongue-in-cheek theory, anyway.) Remember "Walking in L.A." by Missing Persons? I think it applies to AZ too.
Arizona white supremacists have imported from Michigan a disgraced radio shock jock who is heard often on 104.1 FM, had to flee Michigan when he got caught faking a drowned dog story, calls himself superman but has a bad ticker, dark soul who often mocks Mexicans, now I am white as rice so before the racists start accusing me of being illegal that one will not fly here!:-) To ad insult to injury the white supremacists imported a second 104.1 FM shock jock a white man trapped in a black mans body who constantly denigrates his own race on air as shiftless, lazy and entitlement addicts! In a bygone era they called such a old uncle tom, but my view is they are just some poor self hating black person trapped in the wrong body!:-) The good thing is they are in misery here in Tucson since they will never run anything, the right wingers at 104.1 FM and their pals at channel 9 cannot get a right wing dog catcher elected down here and thank god we do not have one of their messiahs like Arpaio costing us tens of millions in lost civil suit judgments!
Racism exists every where in the world, every city, country, state, county etc. in USA has a racist, in Tucson they had a merry band of 8 whom one used to see in the news all the time burning Mexican flags, one a old lesbian was caught sneaking into the rogue minute man trial of her friend Forde, now on death row for child murder! Do not worry bad karma comes to these folks, nothing good will come to them in the long run, if not getting their due on earth, that lake of fire will be one rude awakening and shock and awe moment when they realize its never going to end!
I can't believe the blatant racist questions in this column. I used to be a bus driver and I've never seen any such thing as only Mexicans crossing the street more slowly. Believe me all races do it. It depends on the person, not the race. I don't know how "The Mexican" can stomach these stupid, racist rantings.
Well, I guess conversation with you sort of dries up........doesn't it?
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
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