Opinion: One man’s take on his culture’s stereotypes
¡Ask a Mexican!
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Dear Wab: Nice to know Latinos can be as stupidly aggressive as the San Diego Minutemen! Better to beat bozos with punitive damages instead of putazos – the former hurt more!I hear so many gringos saying Mexican men are stinky and greasy! Well, I know from experience this is so not true! So what’s up with the misconception? I never met a greasy, stinky Mexican! And my mexicano novio is always very clean, never greasy and smells great! I am a gringa myself, so what’s wrong with my people? Why do they think this way about mexicanos? --La Gringita Bonita Dulcita
Dear Pretty, Sweet-Tasting Gabacha: The Mexican turns this question over to his Mexican, Dr. William Nericcio of San Diego State University, author of Tex(t)-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the ‘Mexican’ in America: “Tales of ethnicities and nationalities being able to sense each other litter the history books and the floors of water coolers the world over; so it is that the Japanese can ‘smell’ Americans (apparently we OD on milk products producing an olfactory side-effect that floors Kyotans, Godzilla and more), Mengele and the Nazis could out a Jew on the spot with their rulers, calipers, and measurements tables; and, of course, Mexicans… No doubt the shared wisdom derives from the same source that says we’re “dirty.” Most of these tales derive from Pershing’s American Expeditionary force that invaded Northern Mexico in 1916. American fools from Maine to Poughkeepsie took their jingoistic xenophobia with them to the lands of Zapata and Villa and came away convinced that Mexicans were dirty – in this regard, they mirrored England’s view of the Spanish.”