What do Chris Berman and Perverted Mexican Men Have in Common?

[¡Ask a Mexican!] And how can Mexicans make gabachos care about NAFTA?

DEAR MEXICAN: My co-worker was driving to work this morning when she realized she was being followed by a Mexican in his vehicle. He followed her for at least 3 miles, during which time he waved at her, smiled when she frowned, and even puckered his lips. She took small streets and confirmed that he was following her every move until she was able to lose him. What I want to know is why do Mexican men tend to follow women when they are driving, and do Mexican men really think relationships start on the road?

Perturbed In Pacific Palisades

DEAR GABACHA: Let's ask Chris Berman. In a 1990 Sports Illustrated profile (one of the first big ones on the legendary sportscaster, since the magazine was still lamely comparing him to Fred Flintstone), Boomer admitted to pulling the very stunt you just described. "One day in 1979, he tracked a silver Firebird down Interstate 84," the story reads. "When it pulled into the parking lot of an elementary school, so did he. Berman got out of his station wagon and nonchalantly kicked its tires. When the driver of the Firebird walked past him, he asked her to go to breakfast with him the next day. She accepted, and four years later, they were married." Maybe your friend should've stopped her vehicle and met the Mexican of her dreams. Instead, she gets a yenta of a gal pal to stereotype only one group of men instead of admitting that all men are perverted pendejos one way or another. Next thing I know, you're going to ask why Mexican construction workers make kissy-kissy sounds at women without having ever walked past a Manhattan demolition crew.

Mark Dancey

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DEAR MEXICAN: The U.S. public opposed NAFTA, so why can't more people connect their own trade policy to the current immigration debate? Why won't people in this country get involved, even for selfish, populist reasons? Why should Latin Americans (and poor people worldwide) have to do all the work themselves? Before I read Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown's Myths of Free Trade, do you have any recommendations for opening the eyes of gabachos, gringos and all the rest? Perhaps getting this published would be a start, so I will stop typing.

¡La Lucha Continua!

DEAR THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES: Here's the problem, and you already hinted at this: I could recommend all sorts of books and authors that show the devastation NAFTA wrought on Mexico in the form of destroyed industries, and the subsequent mass migration to the United States that gabachos fret over so pinche much—but it won't matter. The best writer on Mexican immigration's effects on Mexico and el Norte, of course, is Los Angeles Times scribe Sam Quinones (whose books I always plug come Christmastime), but since NAFTA started, most every Chicano writer and artist has railed about it . . . to the choir. How can you make gabachos care about NAFTA? Make it sing the National Anthem in a mariachi costume.

 
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chefsean11
chefsean11

Always had the feeling "back, back, back" Berman was a closet creepazoid. Would love to see a picture of his target wife!

FFO1939
FFO1939

Carlos Salinas de Gortari, Former President of Mexico from the PRI ruling last month was, in effect, a message to the Mexican people:

"Listen, you drooling pack of idiots, the true political situation is this … at the end of the day, we, the political class, understand the nature of corruption in this country, and it's not going to change."

npssecure
npssecure

Pick your nose. I lived in San Francisco when I was a young, good looking STRAIGHT man and got unwanted attention by GAY men .Worked every time

DjFernando Cruz
DjFernando Cruz

I am sorry but I just wanted to get her phone number..haha

vikkitikkitavi
vikkitikkitavi

Women are harassed by men of all colors, creeds, and religions, and being followed by a man, whether on foot, or in a vehicle, is not a pleasant experience, and can frequently be terrifying.  I agree that the above stereotype of Mexican men is wrong, but it's also wrong to intimate that women who don't socialize with men who follow them makes those women somehow stuck up or racist themselves.  

Araceli Torres
Araceli Torres

I do have to say that its creepy when a guy drives next to you and yells stuff at you. even scarier to be followed by someone.

jeffymarlene
jeffymarlene

I'm pretty sure the writer was referring to the negative effects in the U.S A . Many sides to this one !

Greg Chavez
Greg Chavez

Once again... Everything is the fault of something or someone else. Never Mexico or Mexican culture. Same old story... One big Yawn.

 
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