Why Do So Many Mexican Pedestrians Get Run Over?

[¡Ask a Mexican!] And do Mexicans suffer pathologies because they're Mexicans?

DEAR MEXICAN: You mocked and didn't answer the legitimate questions raised in a letter to you a couple of weeks ago, about the guy who didn't see a rosy future for a Mexican-led America. The writer correctly referred to serious problems in the Hispanic community, such as poor academic performance and births out of wedlock. Instead of responding in a way that showed that you, too, see there are problems that need to be recognized and addressed to reverse the desperate state of Latinos in America, you brushed off the writer by referring to him as "your kind." How can we solve the problems when people like you won't even admit to these serious cultural issues and, in fact, disparage those who bring them up?

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DEAR GABACHO: I did answer the question; you just couldn't handle the answer. We can easily solve the problems you, I and activists decry by treating the problems for what they are—economic issues instead of "cultural" issues. All the problems you brought up are endemic to nearly every group of poor people this country has ever hosted, from negritos to chinitos to gabachos, Native Americans and, yes, Mexicans. And those problems largely disappear once said group move up in class—you don't see Boston Brahmins addicted to Mountain Dew like hillbillies in West Virginia, do you? (Though you might see a mick from Southie suffer from the same condition.) Where people such as you and that other pendejo you defend go wrong is by obsessing on the Mexican part of the social-problem equation, reducing behavioral pathologies to cultural determinants—in language you can understand, ustedes think Mexicans are in a "desperate state" because they're Mexicans and nothing else. So, , you and your ilk deserve all the disparaging in the mundo, pinche pendejos babosos.

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DEAR MEXICAN: Why do Mexicans drag their ass when crossing the street? I have noticed that wherever I go in Orange County, when a Mexican is crossing the street and folks are waiting for them to clear the crosswalk, they seem to slow their already slow asses down just because they know the cars have to wait. Is this simply a ploy to piss off people who are in a hurry? Because it's working. I have also noticed this is a peculiarly Mexican trait, Asians, blacks and whites actually briskly walk across the street when they see someone waiting for them. For a race that seems to be all about respect, it seems pretty disrespectful.

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DEAR CARROS: They're slowing down not because they want to disrespect commuters, but because they don't want to die. The Federal Highway Administration of America's The Pedestrian and Bicyclist Highway Safety Problem As It Relates to the Hispanic Population In the United States found that Latinos make up 16.3 percent of pedestrian fatalities, with Mexis making up nearly 65 percent of that stat—both stats are about par for Mexi representation in this country, so it's not exactly an epidemic. While the report did find fault with Latinos importing the traffic laws of their home countries to el Norte, it also reported that these pedestrians found "a lack of respect from drivers" most of the time that led to accidents. So, , our raza is all about the respect, but we give it when you're not running us over.

 
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Roadhog
Roadhog

In Mexico, pedestrians are typically used to crossing the street anywhere and dodging cars seems to be part of the culture. That is just the way it is. So when they come to U.S. Cities, they do the same thing. Old habits die hard.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

I personally believe some people are "just jerks" and will do just about anything at a slower pace when they know someone is waiting...ethnicity has absolutely nothing to do with it.

downtownbrown
downtownbrown

Maybe the 16.3 percent of pedestrian fatalities is because of the CULTURAL NORM of mexis running across freeways.  I've seen it here, and in mexico.  Cars going 60 and pepe and lupe dashing across.  Que tonteria.

mmorante1
mmorante1

The slowest walkers I've seen is high  school students of all shades and sizes.

armandocdll81
armandocdll81

The vast majority of illegal aliens in America are dirt poor  illiterates clinging to 19th century notions of responsible family planning. Many are hard workers to be sure but their unlawful presence only inflates the number of poverty-stricken residents in this country. America and Europe cannot be the safety valve for the world's collective junk mail. 

Ryan Cole
Ryan Cole

How do you handle the constant bigotted stereotyping?

Love Sanchez-Suarez
Love Sanchez-Suarez

in SC the gringos *and* the afrogringos all cross slowly. if anything the gringos are even slower. (gabachos & morenos, whatever. spanglish conflict, sorry)

Love Sanchez-Suarez
Love Sanchez-Suarez

i live in SC and the gringos (my spanglish is the colombian version, sorry) here cross streets extremely slowly. i'm from the north and i guess that's why i'm the only one running apologetically whenever a car gets near the crosswalk.

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

I couldn't walk as slow as the housekeepers walked going to/from their breaks, or anywhere around the hotel I worked.  The only time they move fast is if they're trying to get in line ahead of you like at amusement parks or something is being given out for free.

betterbulletworks
betterbulletworks

Mexicans dragging ass across a street must be a California trait not a Mexican trait, here in Texas it happens with every race/culture fairly equally, if I had to pick one group that does it most it might be black people.  ;-) Besides why are drivers so upset about this? Relax a little and enjoy the fact you have a car to drive and don't have to be the one crossing the street. If you are in so much of a hurry that the minute it takes someone to cross the street is too much of a burden then maybe you need to leave a little earlier.

Fernando Balderas
Fernando Balderas

real mexicans dont use the crosswalks ... we like to wiggle the traffic !!! ..... lol !!!

Gary Summers
Gary Summers

Taking my morning glory, You sir are a wordsmith in the highest! I'm using that phease!

Luis Uriostegui
Luis Uriostegui

I love reading your article's when taking my morning glory but the comment section is even better. . When will you write an article on about the comment wars between people deffending yet putting down other raises? That would be an epic read!

Griselda Garcia
Griselda Garcia

My husband is always telling me that I am very slow when i walk on the streets, he is always saying to me: -"Come on, move, move!"- Hahaha, I just ignore him and say to my self: -"callate mugre chino"- Hahaha!

Sandra Madera
Sandra Madera

Drivers in LA often stop completely while I'm jaywalking the way I learned in Mexico- we pause between lanes until the car passes, and then continue to cross the street once it's gone. I know they stop because the law gives pedestrians ROW and they don't want to hit me; they don't realize that I'm comfortable hanging out in the middle of the street until they pass.

Gabby Gonzalez
Gabby Gonzalez

Mi Negrito says Black people walk slowly when jaywalking or even when using the crosswalk. He says it's a trait of ghetto people not just Mexicans.

Abe Dankiest
Abe Dankiest

Pinche gente ke tienen su plan de saludo y seguransa de vida les valen madre si se lastiman o se mueren. Mientras nosotros los pobres hay que tener cuidado no pasar po mal pasos a segurar nuestra propio vida!

Gary Summers
Gary Summers

Bro, just because the mt.Dew can is green you cant assume all mick's drink it! Sir, when will your stereotyping of us Guinness drinking, Lucky charm eating, Pot of gold searching irishman stop? Now excuse me while i finish my. Corned beef and go look for a fight. ( Read the part--micks from southie!)

stoptheGABACHOlies
stoptheGABACHOlies

@gregbpc Atleast the "housekeeper ' has a job asshole! unlike you bitching, whining GABACHOS who screech that there are no jobs in AMERICA and complain the MEXICANS are taking our jobs away. Why don't you ever bitch about Corporate America selling out AMERICANS?

esoj1211
esoj1211

Both are probably trying to catch a lawsuit.  I bet both run briskly if they see that the oncoming car is a real beater.

 
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