What Do Mexicans Think of the Film 'Machete'?

[¡Ask a Mexican!] And how can Mexicans get their grandchildren to be proud of their heritage?

DEAR MEXICAN: I have a problem I need your advice on. My granddaughters were born and raised in Georgia, as was their father. Their knowledge of their Mexican culture is zero, and I have tried to educate them by talking to them and even writing a book of my life growing up in New Mexico that discusses the history, lifestyle and culture of our gente. I have even encouraged them to take Spanish classes. Everything was going great until they got to middle school. My problem is they no longer take pride in their heritage because of the behavior of the Hispanic kids in their school. For example, they are constantly harassed and teased, and when they are assigned to group projects, the others want my granddaughter to do all the work and provide them with the final results while they sit by laughing, talking, etc. My grandchildren have even switched from Spanish to French classes. I have talked to them about the fallacy of their stereotyping people, but to no avail. (I could go on, but I think you get the picture.) Comments/suggestions?

El de Orgullo Herido

DEAR HE OF WOUNDED PRIDE: Kudos to you for not taking the elitist route as have so many of your New Mexicans, who claim to trace their ancestry back to the conquistadors and thus differentiate between their supposedly pure, superior Castilian blood and that of the dirty surumatos when the topic of the pendejos of our raza comes up. You could've told your nietos they're New Mexicans and their antagonizers are new Mexicans who are inherently pendejos, and that would've been that—but you understand that idiots are idiots and that Mexican culture as a whole is something worth appreciating. Unfortunately, your grandchildren are at a point in their vidas at which everything Mexican around them seems to be trash, and the American melting-pot furnace guarantees they'll eventually only care about their ethnicity symbolically. Solution? Show them otherwise—expose them to positive representations of the culture, whether music, literature or film. Have them be mentored by successful Mexis. Continue your pláticas about your life. It might take four years of belonging to MEChA to fully turn them into appreciating their culture, but no pocho is a lost cause forever—just look at Linda Rondstadt, who was once a roller-skating disco bunny and now never leaves home without belting ranchera songs.


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DEAR MEXICAN: What do Mexicans such as yourself think of the movie Machete?

Scared Gabacho

DEAR GABACHO ASUSTADO: Prophecy. And Lindsey's Lohan's chichis.

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DEAR MEXICAN: In my limited education, I somewhat remember in history class that the Spanish built large ships and great armies that they used to conquer a portion of the New World. In the New World part of what is now called Mexico, there were native people who built grand cities that are still a mystery for today's archeologists. My question is: When these two exceptional people made love and produced offspring who wandered northward to enter Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), where more than 50 percent fail to graduate, did they become stupid? I did learn one thing in school: It's impossible for two positives to equal a negative.


DEAR GABACHO WHO NEVER STOPS SENDING ME LETTERS: That's the same question Americans ask of Missouri every day. Also? The California Department of Education found that 61.6 percent of the LAUSD's class of 2011 graduated—and as I pointed out before in this columna, other immigrant groups faced such abysmal graduation rates in the past and conquered them, and so will Mexicans.

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Orgullo Herido --

one thing every single solitary gabacho who's ever visitedme has commented on....INVARIABLY...is how they wish their dismissive racist friends could have the pleasure of visiting Mexico.  Where the 119,888,000 people who WEREN'T beheaded live like in any other developed country, talking on droids, watching 999 cable stations, driving late model cars on fantastic new roads, being lawyers and doctors and professors and students and clerks and architects and cooks.  They'd see the cleanest citieson Earth (actually Queretaro won the 2011 UNESCO award for being just that), most of them MUCH safer than Cincinnati or Buffalo or St.Louis or Lubbock or Atlanta or Chicago.  Fantastic food, incredibly inviting people, perfect weather, great music, dancing tha's only exceeded in Habana, someof the world's great architecture -- both colonial and pre-Colombian, jaw-dropping museums and cathedrals, and it'sall pretty cheap.


So bring the nietos and nietas down to the Bajio over Spring Break.  See Queretaro and Guanajuato and Morelia and Zacatecas and Puebla and San Luis Potosi.  Heck, you can hit seven or eight UNESCO World Heritage sites in a week's vacation, no more than 60-175 minutes between each, as good a motor tour as Tuscany or Andalucia or the Rhineland.


You want them to take pride in their heritage, show them it in living color!


There not new mexicans. Are you retarded. They are Americans. If you abandon mexico and move to america your childern are americans. If you your grandfather left mexico and you are born in america and you moved to sweden would you still be a new mexican. Put that on your passport. Stop lying to people.


@GustavoArellano I was expecting that to end "...walk into a bar."


For New Mexican:


By whom are your kids harassed and teased?  The gabachos? Negritos?  or are they coconuts/pochos in the eyes of the other hispanic kids and teased by them accordingly caus they dont say guey and cabron every 5 seconds? 


don Doyle:

 In answering question #1 so richly, you also inadverdently answered question #2.  The annual holiday sojourn to the rancho probably has a corresponding negative effect on education.  Whats sad is that those with papeles and the ability to travel back and forth to Mexico put themselves behind the 8 ball education wise by taking off nearly a month sometimes. 


 @demmmgo I think he's talking about that they're "New Mexicans" in the sense that they are from New Mexico state... as a Unitedstater I thougt you would understand.

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