Why Do Mexicans Boycott Columbus Day?

[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do white people like to brag about where they travel?

DEAR MEXICAN: Why do gabachos always feel the need to talk about money or trips they have taken? I always notice this when I am at any restaurant, as though they don't have nada más de que hablar. They make a point of speaking loudly for everybody to hear . . . especially if there is raza nearby.

La Prieta

DEAR DARK-SKINNED POCHA: Since this is ¡Ask a Mexican! and not ¡Ask a Gabacho!, I turn the columna over to what passes for ¡Ask a Gabacho! in los Estados United—not FOX News, but rather Christian Lander. He's a Canadian (which means he's not technically a gabacho, but we'll deem him as such until we turn him into a Mexican) and author of the hilarious book Stuff White People Like, which is the ¡Ask a Mexican! of the gabacho world, except far funnier and less profane. Go for it, Christian!

"White people believe taking a trip somewhere automatically makes them interesting—this is especially pronounced in white people younger than 25. If you are Mexican and a white person asks you about your heritage, be careful: This is usually the person's way of trying to move the conversation toward a trip he or she took to Central or South America. Unless it's a Republican white person, in which case the person is trying to figure out if you are here illegally.

"In terms of money, one of the more interesting things about white people is that none of them considers himself rich. Even those making six or seven figures consider themselves to be middle class. Ask Ann Romney.

"Finally, I don't want to poke a hole in your observations because they have been quite astute, but white people do not modulate the volume of their voice for any particular race. We speak this loudly because we just want everyone to know we're interesting, cultured people . . . or we're just self-absorbed. Either way, whether you want to or not, you're going to hear about my trip to Mexico City."

Gracias, Christian! Behold the future of America, folks: Canadians working with Mexicans to ridicule ustedes . . . va ser fun!

 

DEAR MEXICAN: Please tell me why Mexicans boycott Columbus Day? Christopher Columbus is not responsible for the influx of Europeans to the New World. According to history, Columbus never set foot on American soil. The invasion of the Spanish into Mexico, then moving into the United States caused the demise of the native. What is interesting is Columbus received the funds for the voyage from the Crown of Spain. Anyone with a Spanish surname has roots in Spain. It appears today's Latinos are protesting against their history or ancestors when joining with the natives. It is ironic the Hispanic flag features three crosses, signifying Columbus' ships: the Niña, Pinta and Santa Maria.

The Crypto-Cabrón

DEAR READERS: Mexicans can't boycott Columbus Day because they don't celebrate it. On Oct. 12, Mexico and the rest of Latin America celebrate El Día de la Raza (the Day of La Raza), which isn't meant to commemorate any single race, but rather the mestizaje that occurred after Columbus. It's surely a more positive way to celebrate the contact between the Old and New Worlds than commemorating a cruel pendejo who didn't discover mierda, who tortured the indigenous BLAH BLAH BLAH. Also? I had to Googlear the "Hispanic" flag you mentioned to remind myself of it; it's about as relevant to the Mexican experience as the condom.

 
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bansheespartan
bansheespartan

@Karlfrankjr we should get rid of black/asian/latino history month as well then because it only appeals to a minority of Americans.

karlfrankjr
karlfrankjr

We are working on having Columbus Day Rededicated to Exploration Day in the United States and believe Columbus Day is a failed holiday that only appeals to a minority of Americans, as opposed to say, Independence Day or Veterans Day or Memorial Day.

aochoa6
aochoa6

Mexican ancestors are Asian Indigenous, Europeans and Africans. Three roots 

JamesRobertReade
JamesRobertReade

Because they don's sell Columbus pinatas at El Super! You must be very careful what you say here! Gustavo will give you the boot! JAMES ROBERT READE

Gr8Halosfan
Gr8Halosfan

@GustavoArellano @clander @SteveFryer Boycott Columbus day? I don't even know when it is, let alone care to boycott haha

Guerro
Guerro

If it wasn't for Columbus and the conquistadors, hearts would still be being ripped out on temples and children thrown into cenotes.  The new world was so easily conquered because of the cruelty of the Aztecs towards their subjected nations.  Malinche ain't nothing to fuck wit.  Viva Cortez, viva Pizarro.

DonAlbertoDoyle
DonAlbertoDoyle

At the risk of defending mis pinches gabachos, and with the bias of a professional travel writer, I'd actually prefer overhearing the details of somebody's recent trip than, oh, their take on Brad and Angelina, or their visit to the dermatologist, or what happened last night on Jersey Shore, or what Sheila said to Tami who told Britney who's now de-friended Sheila on Facebook.  Or shit, listening to them rant on about birth certificates and socialism and Kenyan plots to impose shar'ia and how teachers are siphoning off all the nation's wealth.  Seriously, pick your poison carefully, mate.

julietag4
julietag4

Too much blood of our ancestors on the hands of Christopher Columbus and all his followers.

 

dave848
dave848

Why do Mexicans care what white people are talking about?

JamesRobertReade
JamesRobertReade

Hi Gustavo! I just love your articles! We are still working on erecting a bronze statue of your likeness at the front steps of Anaheim High School! Did you know, John Leos, gang mentality indoctrinated and gang member lifestyle sympathetic, was raised around his mother’s gang member relatives?Hardcore gang tattoos are visible on the hands and arms of John Leos’ family members. I cannot, and will not, vote to a council seat, John Leos, or anyone with gang affiliation. But I would vote for you Gustavo! I would make an exception because I just love your articles! James Robert Reade

bigdave505
bigdave505

You make this statement now , but in the great state of Texas -not to distant in the future so called  pure white people will become a minority American!   

karlfrankjr
karlfrankjr

www.ExplorationDayUSA.org for more information...

pfranco_cornucopia
pfranco_cornucopia

@dave848 - Why would you say this? It's silly to think that Mexicans have nothing else going on in our lives that we concern our little humble selves with what white people are talking about. But, then again, the world doesn't revolve around me. So, it's hard for me to really understand things from your narrow point of view.

Exador
Exador

@Dave_Lieberman Funny you should use Yiddish. I saw a photo of Gus at a lunch truck and thought he looked more Jewish than Hispanic!

 
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