Opinion: One man’s take on his culture’s stereotypes
¡Ask a Mexican!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
SPECIAL VIRGIN OF GUADALUPE EDITIONDear Mexican: As a Chicano/Mexican, I’ve lost my faith in God. While they take pride in their country like everyone else, and like to make frequent jokes, Mexicans are generally very humble (poor) people. Isn’t God supposed to be on the side of the poor and humble? Why is it that Mexico always loses soccer matches to a generally rich and arrogant people (Americans) in fútbol who don’t even care about the sport, we start the swine flu epidemic that can be the next bubonic plague, and get natural disasters ALL THE TIME? This reminds me of the saying, “Poor Mexico – so far from God, so close to the United States!” Do you think Mexicans are coming up as God’s next “chosen people” and going to get it as bad as the Jews have over the centuries? Still Believing in the Virgen de Guadalupe, but Not so Sure About the Big Papi Upstairs…
Dear Wab: We are the Chosen Juans – have been for generations. After all, the Jews never got away with calling their boys Guadalupe and Salvador, and girls Jesusita – hell, the more orthodox of them don’t even have the huevos to say G-d! And there are more anti-Mexican slurs used by gabachos in the present day than there are against judios, necessary lumps God forces upon the meek – or did you already forget the Sermón on the Mount? But you really think we’re going to get it as bad as the heebs? Ever heard of the Holocaust? Pogroms? Henry Ford? The genocide of America’s indigenous was horrendous, as are modern-day deportations suffered by our undocumented, but Jews have been dealing with that crap since the days of Pharaoh, so they’re centuries ahead of us in the persecution game.How did Looney Tunes characters enter the Mexican cultural pantheon along side la virgencita as an image to wear on your T-shirt, glued to your dashboard, and tattooed onto your skin? It’s weird to see grown men and women sporting cartoon characters on their jean jackets and bracero biceps. What explains this strange adult fascination with Looney Tunes? --Gabacho Loon
Dear Gabacho: Mexicans love the Warner Bros. stable of characters because they personify the Trickster, the universal archetype who uses mayhem and wits to wile his way through tough situations.