By On the occasion of our 20th anniversary
By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
Dear Mexican: Why do Mexicans make the sign of mucho dinero with a gap between their thumb and index fingers, as if holding an imaginary wad of bills between both fingers?
El Zorro Chupagringos
Dear Gabacho-Sucking Fox: Because if a pendejo like you can get the gesture, imagine us normal folks.
Dear Mexican: This Irishman living in Denver has asked many Mexicans why Estados Unidos is abbreviated in Spanish as EEUU instead of E.U. No one seems to know. I even e-mailed the question to a couple of friends in Costa Rica. The doubled-up abbreviation gives me that queasy double-vision sensation I get from mixing too many pints of black Irish stout with fine gold tequila.
Dear Mick: Why are you bothering Costa Ricans with intellectual queries? All ticos are good for is creating a stable state in the middle of banana republics. The answer is simultaneously simple and stupid: grammar. Spanish grammar rules dictate that acronyms for plurals get a double dose of letters, something that makes as much sense as a Guatemalan becoming president of the United States.
Dear Mexican: After reading your column and listening to Lou Dobbs, I think I know the problem. See, many of us Americans grew up reading the comic strip Gordo, viewing Speedy Gonzalez outwit that cat and learning to love corn chips—which advanced to tortilla chips and Taco Bell—from the Frito Bandito. Older folks saw those funny-but-loyal Mexicans whom John Wayne defended in cantinas from those who knew not the power of the tequila. In my case, there were those funny people serving meals at Casa Bonita in Denver. See, we miss those sombrero- and sandal-wearing types. Now, all we see are lowriders and gangbangers. Is this not a PR nightmare? Maybe since retro is in, you all should go back to the drawing board.
Dear Mick: If widespread acceptance for Mexicans were that easy, que no piensas we would’ve done this already? Then Stepin Fetchit and Carlos Mencia would be civil-rights icons on the level of Martin Luther King Jr. and César Chávez.
Dear Mexican: Your voice needs to urge your fellow Mexicans to make street marches for amnesty a MONTHLY occurrence. Those marches showed America, more than any other method, the very real power and solidarity of the oppressed in this country. Your brothers and sisters turned out in thousands to block traffic and quietly and resolutely marched. Remind everyone that those in silence who showed up to walk were a force—something to be reckoned with—and shouldn’t stop. The last time they did, these marches were THE topic of conversation on every pundit’s lips on the evening news. It takes quiet persistence to show Amerikkka real power nonviolently, something we are not used to, and that garners respect from even those who should be ashamed. Use your voice to shout out the call to arms for frequent shows of solidarity EVERY MONTH. Be a gadfly. You are in a good place to be heard.
Dear Readers: You heard the lefty gabacho. On this coming Mexican Independence Day, instead of marching to your local taco company for margaritas and sombreros, march for amnesty for illegals. Or undocumented college students. Or to the bookstore to buy my libros. Or protest against the television networks’ ignoring Mexican-themed shows in favor of the umpteenth The Office rip-off. Point is, get on Obama’s case and tell him to forget golfing at Martha’s Vineyard and start fighting the Know Nothings.
MEET THE MEXICAN: The Mexican will sign copies of his books at the Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach, (562) 437-1689. Sun., 3 p.m. Also at the Fullerton Public Library, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6333. Wed., 7 p.m.