¡Ask A Mexican! for Aug 05, 2010
One man's take on his culture's stereotypes
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Dear Gabacha Cerca de la Water: No, you should always respond with facts and stats, preferably disseminated by your humble Mexican scribe. Here’s a new one: did you know that fully 100 percent of supporters of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Arizona governor Jan Brewer are fools? In reality, por favor never stop spreading the truth. The truth is like a Mexican: it can be ignored, spat upon, ridiculed, even deported, but it wins out. It perseveres.I’m an old school veterano wondering why young 20 – and 30-something Hispanic professionals are so afraid of the Chicano Movement. Is it because of those mean-looking Brown Berets? The women Brown Berets wore mini-skirts and go-go boots, but I admit even they looked angry. Or is it because of those Chicano high school students who busted out of school to protest racism when they should have been going to private SAT prep classes (oh wait: we couldn’t afford those)? Or because some Movement leaders like Reies Tijerina spoke Spanish really fast? I know there are no more problems for young Raza with the educational system and foreign wars, but maybe ya’ll should cut the poor old movimiento some slack. --En Pie de Lucha
Dear In Struggle: It’s the American way, profe: when people get their slice of the pastel, they forget the radicalism and activism that created the path that allows them to exist and be successful pendejos.