¡Ask A Mexican! for Sep 23, 2010
One man's take on his culture's stereotypes
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Dear Mexican: What punishment could America give that would FINALLY make crossing America’s borders – repeatedly – unpalatable to Mexicans? Remember, our original immigration requirements were “good moral character” and a “working knowledge of English.” --Mines, Mines, Mines!
Dear Gabacho: For the pinche umpteenth time, Mexicans migrate to the United States – like nearly every immigrant in this country’s history – to better their lives, and because gabachos won’t do the jobs chinks and micks and slopeheads and wabs and wops do at the rates for which they’re willing to work. Stop getting your “original immigration requirements” from Wikipedia, and then wonder how ethnic enclaves have been part of this country since the Cajuns. We still respect los Estados Unidos – how can you not give props to a failing empire?
Zack de la Rocha has described his hometown of Irvine, Calif., as one of the most racist cities imaginable. He once stated, “If you were a Mexican in Irvine, you were there because you had a broom or a hammer in your hand.” Being a Mexican that lives in Irvine and that looks like a Mexican (chaparro y prieto), I’ve never felt discriminated in any way – has it not always been the case, or could it be that I’m looked down upon and I’m too much of a pendejo to realize it? --Barranca Babobos
Dear Readers: Forgive this too-provincial pregunta, but it allows me to call out de la Rocha, one of the great musicians of this generation, who unfortunately is acting like Dylan after his motorcycle accident. Hey, Zack: where’s your solo album? Why the Rage against the Machine mini-reunion instead of you pushing that amazing rap-rock-son jarocho fusion you were toying with a couple of years back? Why stick around in the progressive paradise called Los Angeles instead of fully committing yourself to the fight against your demented homeland of Orange County? Eres chingón, pero ya no mames, güey: Marching and organizing against Arpayaso is vital, but we need you to remain relevant to the rest of America by putting out new music. As for why you haven’t experienced racism, Barranca Baboso: Irvinites probably think you’re Persian. And don’t use Wikipedia for pulling quotes.