Why Do Gabachos Complain So Much?

[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why does the media only care about Mexicans when they do bad things?

DEAR MEXICAN: I'm a Mexican-American high-school student and just as patriotic as the Joneses who live next to me. One of my neighbors hung a Mexican flag, and a gabacho got mad and cut it down. This whole idea of putting one's flag up and taking another down seems pretty pointless to me. In my neighborhood (which happens to be predominantly white), people complain about everything—from calling the police to move my dad's 1989 beat-up Ford to spreading hate mail of who has the crappiest house. Why do gabachos complain so damn much?!

No Soy Llorón

DEAR I'M NOT A CRYBABY: Are you kidding me? Gabachos were born complaining. From telling the Indians to give up their land to telling Mexico to give up its land to crying about illegal immigration and cars on the lawn, complaining is as crucial to the gabacho experience as fiesta is to the Mexican one. I wouldn't pay too much attention to all the whining, though: While the squeaky rueda gets the grease, eventually the wheel falls off—and the greaser remains.


DEAR MEXICAN: I saw this quote the other day and thought it might be right up your alley: "The only Anglos who take an interest in us are the sociologists and the police." Do you know who uttered these words? Maybe it was just an inside joke among the teens in East LA during the 1970s? Do you know the phrase in Spanish, too? I'm thinking it could be more poetic in Spanish.

Princeton Pocho

DEAR POCHO: The closest quote I could find that matches the one you offer comes from Columbia University professor Rodolfo O. de la Garza, in his 1976 paper, "Mexican Americans in the United States: The Evolution of a Relationship": "Like sociologists and educators, police have traditionally viewed Mexican Americans as inferior and crime prone." (The profe also includes this classic from J. Edgar Hoover: "You never have to bother about a president being shot by Puerto Ricans or Mexicans. They don't shoot very straight. But if they come at you with a knife, beware." HA! He obviously didn't remember Rafael Cancel Miranda while wiretapping MLK). I would expand the quote you mention to include reporters. Recently, gentle readers, the Mexican's hometown of Anaheim has made it into the national media—not because of Disneyland or the Anaheim Angels, but because of police shootings that left two Latinos dead and caused four nights of protests, one of which included the ugly spectacle of Anaheim police shooting pepper balls and bean bags into a crowd of terrified children and parents. The media is suddenly obsessed over the "two" sides of Anaheim—white and Latino, as if the issue sprung out of nowhere.

This is something that happens ALL THE TIME with Mexicans. Media never gives a shit about us until we go crazy: amnesty rallies, protests against police, cerveza gone wild, and the like. That's why it's crucial, Mexis, for us to become our own media. Start your own blogs, get on Twitter and Facebook, take photos and videos, and document what we're really about (and always make sure to pick up your local alt-weekly and click on the online version of the Mexican a trillion times so we stay in business). That's what this columna has always been about—but the Mexican can't do it alone.

My apologies for the soapbox session, cabrones; back to your regularly scheduled chichis jokes next week! Now make like a Mexican and raise DESMADRE.

 
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USN69
USN69

Yes, we complain alot.  But what we don't do is enter the country illegally, park cars on the front lawn, refuse or are unable to learn the Native language, and act like little animals in public.

So complaining isn't so bad. 

ADIOS, AMIGOS!!!

Harold117
Harold117

Is this a joke column? You are on American soil, flying a foreign flag. Don't push too hard, before we push back.

 

And I don't see you Mexicans telling the Jamaicans to go back to Africa, telling Brazilians to go back to Portugal. My family has been on this continent for centuries.

 

And California wouldn't be Mexican were it not for the European Spaniards who displaced the Natives. You Mexicans are also on native land. Had the Aztecs tried to venture this far north, the Apaches and the natives would have slaughtered them.

 

So learn your own false history first. You turned your own country into a slum, and now have done the same to ours. Any wonder why California is bankrupt?

 

And calling us Gabacho's is the same as me calling you "beaners"... You don't like it much do you?

guerro
guerro

Gabachos complain so much because the mexicans work harder afterwards.  The jornaleros love to please the cacique blanco because they might get another 10 bucks under the table.

BobSqualonero
BobSqualonero

Hola Gustavo

 

Re: "The media is suddenly obsessed over the "two" sides of Anaheim—white and Latino, as if the issue sprung out of nowhere."

 

When I was a kid back in 1970,  I remember the East L.A. riots, especially following the killing of Ruben Salazar at The Silver Dollar Bar & Grill.  The media's reaction back in '70 was pretty much the same as you described it for it's reaction to what's happening now in Anaheim.

 

Also--based on reading newspapers from that era-- it unfortunately seems as if the press reacted the same way, while covering the Zoot Suit Riots in East L.A., back in 1943 (and if I'm not mistaken, that riot was also due in part to the murder of Jose Diaz aka "The Sleepy Lagoon Murder").

 

When will the media ever learn?

jck_brt
jck_brt

"One of which included the ugly spectacle of Anaheim police shooting pepper balls and bean bags into a crowd of terrified children and parents," as they scurried away with stolen goods, from broken into shops. Protest, sure! Be angry, of course! March, definitely! Riot violently.....NEVER! Otherwise you get shot with pepper balls, and bean bags. AND like in combat, the innocent always get the short end of the stick. So let's keep it fair and report why police use these tactics and not keep feeding the fire with media b.s. Sorry I forget you media types have to fabricate a little to sell your product. Are you sure you're not politicians in waiting?

jmlomeli
jmlomeli

Nobody said complaining is bad. It´s actually very funny to see gabachos doing it. It makes you think how they suffer for little things while their goverment is doing them in the ass. I mean, who cares about illegal aliens or car parking on the front lawn when you have countless corporation fucking the country over? It´s just plain funny. Hahaha. And I don´t even live in USA (not that i want to, as i am succesful mexican working in my own country for a mexican corporation). We have our own problems, indeed, and they are many and big, but we don´t whine that much as you do. At least we don´t complain that often about USA drug consumption and firearms policies that are the real reason of all mexican violence. You want to keep mexicans out of your country? Easy: stop doing coke and change you firearms ideas. I´m pretty sure that could be a good start. ;)

sisto.leal
sisto.leal

 @USN69 USN69,you yourself dont speak the "TRUE" Native language,you sir,speak "English"...as for entering the country illegaly your ancestors did that back in 1620...does the Mayflower ring a bell??

jmlomeli
jmlomeli

A slum? You sir, need to come to México for a vacation. Think about it when you stop owing money to the bank for your mortage. Meanwhile, read about México history. Books are not that expensive. Maybe you could even stop sporting that ridiculous nationalism that makes me smile. México didn´t got colonized the same way as the 13 colonies did. And news flash: Aztecs (or  Mexicas) DID venture far north, but weren´t interested. A little bit of reading, friend, wouldn´t be a bad idea. I mean, coming from a mexican, the advice is highly urgent.

sisto.leal
sisto.leal

 @Harold117 Your ancestors were displaced from Europe,as for the Blacks,you,the lazy white folks brought them to build this country for you!Do youre homework & do it correctly,there are still tribes that speak the same Native language & they were seperated when the border was drawn...the Cucapah Indians are still around.Oh,& your family has only been here ever since their ship wrecked at Plymouth Rock!!

BillxT
BillxT topcommenter

 @BobSqualonero

 Well, like pretty much all generalizations (including this one), "the media" is a pretty broad category but to give you a specific response, "never". Actually they have learned and the leson is: Screw actual news, entertainment, masquerading as news, sells better.

umdisc64
umdisc64

 @sisto.leal  @USN69 Sisto, neither most Mexicans speak a TRUE native language then. And regarding the last point, many mexicans or latin american's ancestors entered those regions illegally too. Do the names Hernan Cortes and Francisco Pizarro ring a bell?

Harold117
Harold117

 @GustavoArellano

 I can't tell if you are joking or what... But you guys are really going too far. What do you think will magically happen? That in 20+ years, when you outnumber people in a lot of states, you'll magically have the power to secede or do anything you want etc?

 
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