Is the Term 'Mexican' Becoming Extinct?

[¡Ask a Mexican!] And is 'Make Sick O' the best Mexi slur ever?

DEAR ASK A WETBACK: You and your fellow law-breaking wetbacks don't like Arizona's Senate Bill 1070? Too damn bad. Trot back to Make Sick O and protest there, see where it gets you. If you'd work half as hard cleaning up your dump nation as you do sneakin here, your nation would be worth staying. But . . . you lazy illegal mooches would rather live off the dole. Get the point, Jose? Go to hell.

Kerns Kan Kreat

DEAR KKK: "Make Sick O"? Clever! Gotta steal that one like we Mexis have stolen the Southwest. . . .

 

DEAR MEXICAN: Is it just me, or has referring to oneself as Mexican become no longer acceptable? Hispanic, Latino, Indian-Spanish mix—take your pick. We even have a Mexican actor (Edward James Olmos) referring to himself as Jewish because some old fool told him that "Olmos" is an old Jewish name. Really? On that basis you are no longer our favorite pachuco in Zoot Suit. How can this be? Do you think sometime in the next couple of decades the term Mexican will no longer exist? In the future, will your column be referred to as Ask a Hispanic?

Digital Compadre

DEAR WAB: Primeramente, it's not some old fool who told Olmos he's of Jewish descent—it's the actor's own genealogical research that found he's descended from Jews who escaped Hungary, landed in Spain and became conversos under penalty of death, then migrated to Mexico with their modified name, Olmos. And Olmos has never claimed full tribe membership: He always makes it a point that's he's a mix of everything—the classic raza cósmica argument that puritan pendejos such as yourself have abandoned in favor of some fantasy heritage in which we're all descended from Cuauhtémoc. On that note, you're also wrong in thinking the ethnic identifier "Mexican" will disappear in the United States—quite the opposite. Time was, to paraphrase the libro of legendary Chicano scholar Rudy Acuña, when brownies were anything but Mexican. We called ourselves Latin, Mexican-American, Hispanos, Californios, the hilariously stupid "Spanish," Chicano, and even plain-ol' American, but "Mexican" was fighting words as recently as the 1960s, when Consuelas turned to Connies and Franciscos became Franks. Nowadays, my generation of Mexis is more than happy to call itself Mexican—what's the shame in it? Why mitigate our mexicanidad with a hyphen or a euphemism? Just like the Irish in Southie, or guidos in Jersey, we revel in our heritage to distinguish ourselves from those boring gabachos who long ago forsook their ethnic identity out of shame. As for this column becoming Ask a Hispanic—I'd sooner turn migra than subject myself to that much self-loathing.

 

GOOD MEXICAN OF THE WEEK: Speaking of Acuña, the godfather of Chicano Studies definitely deserves a shout-out. Although the profe ain't teaching much anymore at his home base of California State University, Northridge, Acuña still pens pertinent essays, nowadays mostly on the pendejo purges of Chicano Studies being instituted by Know Nothings across the United States. Find out why the discipline is so dangerous by reading his Holy Trinity of tracts: Occupied America: A History of Chicanos, Sometimes There Is No Other Side: Essays on Truth and Objectivity, and Anything But Mexican: Chicanos In Contemporary Los Angeles. Acuña dares write about Mexicans in history without resorting to greaser caricatures or painting them with the false glaze of gay caballeros and fan-possessing señoritas—and for daring to write the truth, Know Nothings' chonis get all in a bunch. Fight the troglodytes and buy Acuña's books, preferably from your finer Chicano coffeeshops.

 
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aintmisbhaven
aintmisbhaven like.author.displayName 1 Like

Ok let me get this straight,,, I can type anything I want and make the most vulgar accusation about a culture I know nothing about and you will still print it? Here I go, “We are the only people on this planet, we all came from one initial seed. And just remember ‘GOD HEARS WHAT IS IN YOUR HEART”. Oh, and "Be differant and stand up to bullies"

Cortney
Cortney

I love your columns. I ABHOR your readers below me that have made this comment section so foul and embarrassing. Miss you in HouPress, my friend. Best, C

norag60
norag60

oc weekly, shame on you for hate-mongering. this has nothing to do with free press and you knew going in. now all these wacko know-it-none came out from under there rocks. you knew what you were doing,,,,,i'm just saying. low

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Wow, you REALLY are late to the party on this one!

Isabelperez2074
Isabelperez2074

U should of put TPT (KKK) in there place ,I love when you give it to the gabachos real good. They get away with so much shit. I would of loved to seen a much longer comment from u.

Bill T.
Bill T.

I'm careful about asking where a person's family is from, I never assume they're from Mexico, could well be Chile, Venezuela, ..., or maybe their family has been here for a couple of centurys. Always fun to learn about their history, though.

Estela Hayward
Estela Hayward

What is a Mexican? Is it someone born there? Is it someone whose parents were born there? Is it someone who speaks Spanish, or someone who doesn't fit any of the above examples, or is it all of the above? Anyway, I get why everyone wants to beam of "Mexican Pride" but I'll tell you what- We are all human FIRST and until we all realize that we are human first everyone is going to continue creating cliques and connections to social constructs that have different meanings to different people. There is no biological categorization for race. There isn't--so just remember that when you paint yourself into a picture. United as human. :-)

L. Bocanegra
L. Bocanegra

Estella, really? You are who you are. A degree and marrying a gabacho will not change that. I know a guy who got a degree, married a rich white girl and totally Anglo--ized his Mexican surname. He doesn't realize that both ethnicities are laughing at him because he just added to his misplaced identity. My abuela would remind me..."it doesn't matter how many degrees you have. Stay grounded mIjo. My thermometer has many degrees and I never hear it bragging. It only relays the truth to me every day in its simplistic way."

lbcool
lbcool

I wanna puke. Go hug a tree!

Pepe
Pepe

Preach on, sister!

Renegade
Renegade

Response to digital Compadre. You are behind in the news and ridiculing United States with your knowledge. Please don't say you are an American.

Renegade
Renegade

Actually the KKK was formed by a traitor of United States. KKK was fighting for their masters to keep United States divided. Just like the white power thrash who follow a nazi doctrine which it was based in destroying all countries (including Untied States) and make it one empire. So practically KKK and white extremists are disloyal to United States.

Bill T.
Bill T.

How is that breaking your oath to defend the constitution treason. Oh, wait a minute, I think I hear the phone.

Manuel Morante
Manuel Morante

KKK You don"t know your own history. The first illegals in northern America were the people who settled inTexas. They asked the Spanish government if they could settle there. Spain said yes, but you must learn Spanish, convert to catholics and obey our laws. They did none of the above. They broke the law by bringing in slaves. Spain had outlawed slavery a hundred years before. So you see the first illegals were your ancestors. All of this you can find in the Texas archives. Later "SICKO" Just call it "Manifest Destiny"

Bill T.
Bill T.

Come on manuel, it's not theft if my ancestors "bought" the territory, it's only theft if it was your ancestors. Any in-bred KKK spawn knows that.

 
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