How Can Mexicans Fight Gentrification?

[¡Ask a Mexican!] And do Mexicans grovel to gabachos?

DEAR MEXICAN: It's so sad to see your wimpy answers. Your replies scream self-hatred and self-shame for your raza. You're pathetic! No plan or desire to fix Mexico's problems. You're a puto with no huevos. My DREAM Act would be that you Mexicans would stop groveling to gringos and screaming about fixing Mexico, as WHITE PEOPLE did against the Iron Curtain thing. ONLY THEN will your Mexican self-shaming and self-hatred of your un-macho, puto, groveling raza change to real pride, which you know you deserve, like gringos got about America.

Groveling Is Puto Stuff

DEAR GABACHO: Groveling? Chulo, this is the only column in the country that refers to gabachos as gabachos instead of the candy-ass "gringo" that your gabacho ass uses. Grovel? What do you call invading your country? No desire to fix Mexico? What's billions of dollars of remittances, then—or the Reconquista, for that matter? Or those marches of millions rallying for amnesty? That's a movement as epic as Solidarity or glasnost (and last I checked, some Eastern Bloc refugees worked from los Estados Unidos to liberate their homeland). Huevos that, pendejo.

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DEAR MEXICAN: Cada día and my perro Manchas go for an afternoon walk in this North Denver parque. We often pass the gringo gentry who are temporarily "improving" the neighborhood as an investment. You know how the gentry are—they move into the barrio, but send their precious güeritos to the charter schools so they won't get piojos from our kids or wind up pregnant with half-brown babies. Anyway, I swear, every time Manchas and I pass one of these purebred, hyper-trained gentry dogs, the owners pull their pinches perros away from mine so they can't sniff cola or . . . you know.

I guess my queston is: How can the gentry know that he's Spanish-surnamed, bilingual and mestizo, since they've never even talked to us? And is there anything I can do so Manchas doesn't grow up with a pocho complex and think he's inferior to a gringo's dog?

Yankee Hipsters Go home!

DEAR GABACHO: Gotta pay our respect to our veteranos—they can ramble as awesomely as any gabacho at a retirement home! I think what you're complaining about is the gentrification of historically Mexican neighborhoods by hipsters, a phenomenon happening everywhere from Denver to Los Angeles, SanTana to Chicago and beyond. It's important to fight the encroachment of pendejos with no ties to the area who start demanding changes—get rid of quinceañera shops, crowing roosters, cars parked on lawns, or corn grown in the back yard and nopales in the front. At the mismo time, though, raza really angry with gentrification should practice gente-fication, the process of young locals getting over their pocho complex and opening their own businesses to pump enough money back into the area so city bureaucrats don't have any excuse to use the ruse of redevelopment on raza. Think of that strategy as our economic Mexican-American War—and if there are hipsters who are respectful of the old guard, such as the San Patricios that joined our side against the invading Yankees so long ago, then I say embrace their ranks, pound a PBR with them and teach them the secrets of scaring insufferable hipsters away from the barrio by blasting Banda El Recodo at all hours of the noche.

 
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Fukkme
Fukkme

e-verify wil be enacted soon,most of the mexicans in the usa will be going home sooner than later.thank god.even the way in which they raise their kids is disgusting.who in their right mind lets their young kids remain awake all hours of the night every night and even yanks them out to the walmart or dennys in the middle of the night?? only mexicans.why? because mommy or daddy or both want to get out and hang somewhere and don't have the reponsibilty to REMAIN HOME while the child gets his sleep..don't hand me some kind of "it's their culture" crap..it's irresponsible and child abuse to keep your child awake all hours of the night as such. as a waiter,i see mexicans hanging out all the time at 2 and 3am in my town.they come in to my restaurant at all hours of the night/the times that i've gotten in conversations with them,i find that they're just hanging out..got nothing to do..my response is try going to bed and going to looking for a job tomorrow a-hole!!others tell they work but are up all night anyway.(wtf..3 hours of sleep before work?)total dumbasses.

Juan Contreras
Juan Contreras

Gustavo,I have been following your column for many years now. I first started reading your "Ask a Mexican" column back in 2006 or something. I was living in Las Vegas. You are one of the most profound and talented writers I know. I now live in O.C. and started reading your article again. Having said what I just said about you. It seems that your readers have changed and you no longer get those interesting and to say the least stupid questions that you used to before. To be totally honest with you Guz, This shit is getting old. I'm 47 years old now and 25 years ago when I was living in El este de Los Angeles. Things were pretty much the same that they are now in Santa Ana. What gives? When are we going to F@$@#kin Progress? The Mexican American community keeps growing and growing. But our political power remains the same. Yeah there are movements and groups and such but we had those back in the day as well. And nothing seems to change. I fought my way out of the barrio, got educated, became a professional, moved into a nice quite neighborehood. For what? to have some pendejo call me a hipster that I'm ruining everything. Just because I don't like some mother F@#$%@er blasting his music late at night? Come on now. Let's get this shit together.

MB
MB

Mexico needs a lot improvement - mainly breaking up monopolies and increasing competition among industries. There is still a 2 class system. The problem is, they don't care about Mexican Americans or the the ones that left. They feed the lies and we eat them. America is the great devil and they don't have to worry about unhappy peasants revolting because we left.

Arpaio el guapo
Arpaio el guapo

Yeah those hipsters are ruining everything. Unlike la riquisima that is pandillero culture. You know how they enrich the neighborhood by tagging, drivebys and 30 beatdown initiations. But take heart, pandilleros have spread their richness across the land and have many ninos by chfladas jovenes. So the barrios are seguro and will continue to provide excellent opportunity for their raza.

Jesus
Jesus

@ Juan, You should learn how to spell "quiet" pendejo. Shows how educated you are.

Frida
Frida

"You are one of the most profound and talented writers I know.", Um you should check out some real authors like Mario Vargas Llosa, Cervantes, Borges, Steinbeck, Marquez etc. Those homeboys know how to string a sentence.

Bill T.
Bill T.

Interesting point about exporting the segment most likely to push back against the system. Your comment is one of the reasons I read OCW, you brought up an idea I hadn't really thought about before. I even read and think about Mitch's posts, just in case.

909Jeff
909Jeff

I point to old town Pomona as evidence that you can revitalize an area without gentrifying it. The old Fox Theater was renovated and now hosts great concerts... The Glass House hosts really good shows in an intimate setting. La Bomba is where I bought my first Virgin de Guadalupe t-shirt and my wife and I love the pan dulces from El Merendero. The rest of the food is good too but the bakery is OG! And then there is antique row with all the little mom and pop antique stores where you can browse old records and old toys. There is a bit of a hipster element but mostly the artsy type... And its safe!

Huitzilopoztli
Huitzilopoztli

Dear know nothing: hope u r not as stupid as u sound. I get why u think mexican culture is nothing but cholos and lowriders, bcuz u watch too much damn tv. I bet u believe all black people r ghetto and all asians are smiling retards with slids for eyes. If u cared to look beyond ur 2 inch penis, u would see our richness that even the UN recognize by declaring our food as world heritage. By your use in spanish in ur post I can se u might b a traitor to ur own people. U should b ashame to b latino, and if u already r ashame than u shoot urself now.

E.G.
E.G.

Borges should always be referred to as Jorge Luis Borges. God forbid the ignorants think you mean Victor Borges...LOL.

Victor Ivan Duenas
Victor Ivan Duenas

Ah, Hui. This guy's a riot. Pseudo-intellectual. I'm Mexican by the way.

Ihateusc
Ihateusc

typical moronic mexican.. keep posting while we laugh at your nonsensical writings..

Johnrose7588
Johnrose7588

Hey huitzilpussy! Im half mexican. But im american all the way. That's the problem with spicks in California. When you go to wetback neighborhoods that's all u see. No need to watch movies just go to santa ana and you hear loud god awful music and see a bunch of punks sagging their jeans and gang banging. It starts with the mexi parents who live in cali but wave that faggot ass red white and puke green flag on their porch. I married a mexican. We have half breed kids. And sure they know Spanish. But in my house only english is spoken. By the way why do you slicks love the virgin of Guadalupe. You do know she lost her virginity to a guatamalen when she was 10.

Joseph Tynan
Joseph Tynan

You "write" like a 12 year old girl texting her BFF.

Bill T.
Bill T.

Hey, Juanito, If Steinbeck is known as a great writer, Gustavo must not be able to write. QED. Or something ...

Mmorante
Mmorante

By your remarks I can tell you know nothing about Mexico and Mexicans. So why makeup such stupid remarks ? Evidently you don't have the mentality.

Manuel Morante Chem Eng. Ret.

Johnrose7588
Johnrose7588

Hey iguanajota. I don't understand your reply. I don't speak Spanish idiot. Not ashamed to be half mexican. Im just simply not interested in the culture. If you live in the USA, then you should respect the people here and learn and use English. Stop sending $$ back to Mexico because it hurts our economy idiot. Tell your kids to clean up after themselves. Mexican have a reputation for being dirty

Iguanamorada
Iguanamorada

Your problem is that you are ashamed to be half mexican, what kind of spanish your children speak? apa insted of papa, ama insted of mama,parkeadero,marketa, te regreso la llamada patras? That is not spanish, that's what happens when ignorant like you feels ashamed to be half mexican, you should feel luky that your kids can speak english and your poor spanglish, and maybe if they're not ignorant like you, they can learn another language, America is not USA is a continent idiot! Every time you said American, you are all the way mexican too pendejito.

 
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