Dumping In the Desert

[¡Ask a Mexican!] Also, a racist tries to bait Gustavo, part MCMXLVIII

DEAR MEXICAN: Today, I was alerted to the problem of trash dumped on the Sonoran Desert in Arizona and am trying to track down more articles about the issue. That is how I found you. There are lots and lots of piles of trash—looks like clothes—in a wash in Arizona. Can you tell me what’s going on?

Previously Lived In California But Moved to Massachusetts Some Years Ago

DEAR GABACHA: Not just clothes but also water bottles, backpacks, plastic bags, human excrement—at least 24 million pounds of trash collected on the Arizona-Mexico border since the beginning of this century, according to the Bureau of Land Management, and almost all of it dropped by Mexicans coming into this country illegally. But if you think the Sonoran Desert is trashed, then you should’ve seen the Bowery around the turn of the 20th Century. I’m not going to make excuses for the Sonoran Desert garbage dump, other than people running for their lives tend to leave things behind, and it’s poverty that creates apathy toward neighborhood or environmental cleanliness—and it’s not an illegal-only or Mexican-only phenomenon. Not that pointing this out will quiet the Know Nothings who send around the pictures you received as further reason for denying amnesty to Mexicans, an argument about as logical as using photos of the bleachers after a Boston Red Sox games to boot the team from the major leagues (and those fans got into Fenway Park LEGALLY and thus have more of a responsibility to keep their cathedral clean). On segunda thought, booting those bums ain’t a bad idea . . . a Bucky Dent to you, pendejos!

DEAR MEXICAN: I am white and proud. While deciding where to eat, my fellow whites and I sometimes decide to “go eat Mexican.” When Mexicans decide to “go eat Mexican,” do they say it the way we whites do? Or do they simply say, “Let’s go eat”?

Big Dick In Dallas

DEAR GABACHO: Hey, good luck with that white-pride thing—I hear this country’s turning pastier by the day! And I’m glad whites still need Mexican food to properly fuel RAHOWA. But racial stupidities aside, “Mexican” food to Mexicans is like “American” food to Americans: our cookery is so varied that when we think about eating our food, we go by type of restaurant rather than a whole genre. If we want home-style cooking, we seek out a fonda, the rough equivalent to eating at an inn; if it’s something a bit more formal but still casual, a cenaduría. If it’s tacos we want, a taqueria, por supuesto; the wonderful goat-stew birria, a birriería; tortillas, a tortillería. Tamales? We find our neighborhood tamalero. Seafood palaces don’t have a formal name but always attach either mariscos or siete mares (the seven seas) to their names, and regional Mexican restaurants—eateries that specialize in the food of a particular region of Mexico—use identifiers to let people know their secret, whether the name of a state (Casa Oaxaca), city (Las Brisas de Apatzingán in SanTana specializes in the food of that Michoacán city) or local nickname (if you ever see a restaurant with the word chilango in it, it’s a Mexico City joint since that’s the nickname of the metropolis’ residents).

Oh, and while we’re on the subject of food, gentle readers: If the “gourmet” food-truck trend hasn’t hit your hood yet, it probably will this year. Do the Mexican a favor and call them luxe loncheras because at the end of the día, these trucks have to park at the same commissaries as the so-called roach coaches, so they’re really no different—other than the luxe loncheras will charge you 4 bucks for the same tacos the regular loncheras sell you for 2.

GOOD MEXICANS OF THE WEEK! Xokolatl Café is all the way in the El Sereno neighborhood of Los Angeles, but what it does has national implications. It’s returning chocolate to its Aztec and Mayan roots by using heritage cacao farms in Mexico to create chocolate drinks based on traditional recipes. You can read more about the drinks whenever I finish my book on the history of Mexican food in the United States—in the meanwhile, visit xokolatlcafe.com and ask your local Chicano coffee shop to talk to Xokolatl about how to help independent cacao farmers fight the Hershey’s-ification of the world’s best sweet.

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Atg Me
Atg Me

The Wets a cowardly fuck.he deleted my long comment because he is an ignorant racist pissant who can't handle the truth.

Hey Mex, fuck you. keep beating the drums of war you stupid ass.

Joejujo
Joejujo

Hah! Im Frank N Stein (European or cacausin AND of messycant background as well so go f%^& yourself), we have enough trash (of all colors) in this country, Im tired of the PURE trash from south of the border being pigs and expecting us to clean up after them not to mention the littany of other filthy habits the 'boy scouts" from messyco bring with them.Maybe when one rapes your 12 yr old daughter (Legal age in many parts of that craphole) or kills your family on his 6th dwl YOU will get it,ITS PART OF THEIR CULTURE but your liberal pukes never do..Hopefully you get taken out out by some of the drug violence coming your way brought to you by messyco and Gustav-hoe and your ilk.He always makes excuses for the filth south of the border no matter what, kinda like black folks support oj.

Atg Me
Atg Me

Hey Mexican, those pictures are distributed by email because there is no " journalism " that dares. Do you claim now that any person who is concerned or upset about litter in the desert is somehow racist?

Here is something I have observed over the last 23 years living in California; Up around the Kern river there are swimming holes. The Hispanics pack in coolers and barbecues and totally trash the place with broken bottles, dirty diapers and paper plates. The rangers there did not stop to talk to us, and he was Hispanic looking. He told the Mexicans that he would ticket them if they left any garbage. Go up the East Fork of the San Gabriel river, its a nice drive and there is gold panning and hiking. Observe the signs that illustrate a sort of pathetic how to guide, asking for people to pack out their garbage and that the people shown on the sign picking up their garbage appear to be Hispanic. Or, take Santa Ana, Floral Park is beautiful place but downtown now looks like Tijuanna. And Anaheim is becoming gross too with seedy apartments and 4-plex's packed with Mexicans that piss in the alleys.

I may not know much, but I know bad neighbors when I live next to them. Those pictures you cite are cautionary tales and Santa Ana and Anaheim are sad examples of what an Hispanic O.C. looks like.

So maybe they need to be educated. The Mexicans aren't going away so why don't those folks just show some respect and stop trashing the communities where they become a majority?

The answer is easy; because they know eventually this land will be theirs because nobody with culture would want it anymore after the reconquista has done its makeover.

The truth hurts Esse. Take it like a man.

Penello86
Penello86

just a little correción you wrote "seafood palaces don’t have a formal name" but they do, we call them marisquerías

Lisa
Lisa

The poverty in Mexico has nothing to do with the USA. Why don't you do something to help "your peeps" in Mexico instead of asking American tax payers to heal them when their sick, feed them when their hungry, educate their children. Now you want us to pick up their trash? You want us to do all these things while you bash us. What kind of life would you have in Mexico? Lets take a minute to imagine what the USA would be like if Mexicans were the majority.....hmmm maybe like friggin Mexico!

Lisa
Lisa

Your a racist Gustavo.

Tracie B. Chakraborty
Tracie B. Chakraborty

Hope you don't think ALL white people are that stupid, Gustavo. 'Cause contrary to your letters and the crap comments, a few of us believe the reason America is so great is it is a mishmash of cultures and ideas.

Tracie B. Chakraborty

FYI, I'm a white, Southern and a TRUE Christian.

ac20850
ac20850

Frank N Stein is a culo. Typical white, "Christian" conservative P.O.S. Thank You. Bye for now:-)

Frank N. Stein
Frank N. Stein

haha, the dood was looking up "trash" (and thats how he found YOU gustav-hoe!) Still a dumbass i see making excuses for the illegal trash, which you said you wouldnt do then proceeded directy to do so..Oh Mexicant defender of filth!!! LMAO

SmarterthanLisa
SmarterthanLisa

You need to learn how to spell if you want to be taken seriously.

Bill T.
Bill T.

Huh? His a what? OH, now I get it, you meant "you're a racist". Your welcome (as opposed to my welcome), always happy to help out.

Bill T.
Bill T.

What "excuses", when I read it it I just see straight-forward comment. My thought when I read it was "well, they're moving as fast as they can, sounds like lightening their loads, to me". Have you tried hiking in the Sonoran Desert in July? Also, there is a cultural-educational issue here. I remember when U. S. highways looked no better (many still are just as trashy). It took a massive educational/legal campaign to change the attitudes up here. The last time I looked there is a campaign south of la Frontera to change attitudes.

 
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