"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
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.
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