By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
By Charles Lam
DEAR READERS: Since it's the end of the year and the Mexican is on his 18th tamale (made by the mujeres in his family, of course), behold some letters from angry readers (and one fan), along with my answers. Enjoy your champurrado, gracias for a great 2013, and may your 2014 involve more cousins smuggled into los Estados Unidos than ever before!
DEAR PHONY MEXICAN: I read and enjoy your column on a regular basis. More often than not, I respect your perspective on issues as they are presented to you. However, your response to CARROS two weeks ago was disingenuous. You referenced [Federal Highway Administration] statistics as justification for what I believe is passive-aggressive behavior. I divide my time between Denver and Puerto Vallarta. What CARROS was describing is spot-on.
In Denver, "most" of the pedestrians cross intersections with the intent to reach the other side with the exception of the younger Mexicans. They seem to make this into an "I dare you" or "FU" experience. "Hmmm . . . you want to turn? Well, maybe I/we will eventually get out of the way, sooner or later, after I'm done being 'way cool.'" So, with all due respect, while your FHA statistics are disturbing, I can't help but think that this may in fact be a chicken or the egg issue (passive aggressive).
If you want, we can do this in Spanish.
QUERIDO GABACHO: Los cholos no son mexicanos.
* * *
DEAR MEXICAN: Regarding your reply to the guy "not wearing bean-colored glasses": It is all about which families put an emphasis on education, not getting pregnant, and achievement. Lots of Asian immigrant families do, and their kids succeed and move up the economic ladder quickly. Lots of Hispanic families do not, so they more often see generational poverty. There are, of course, exceptions on both sides. But focusing on the exceptions does nothing to solve the problem. I don't suspect you'll like hearing that. And that is why politicians don't say it, and that is why nothing changes.
Model Minority Man
DEAR CARROS: And, again, class almost always determines which families push their children to better their station. Can you explain generational poverty among gabachos in the South? Of course you can't, so why beholdest thou the mote that is in Mexicans' eyes, but considerest not the beam that is in thine gabacho's own eye?
* * *
DEAR MEXICAN: I've been reading your column for the past year and a half, and sometimes I can't help but laugh at the things you say. As a fellow Mexican, I've been thinking a lot about the racism that's thrown my way every day. I live in Kansas, and its full of racist people, but I just wanted to hear your thoughts on this subject, and maybe you can throw a laugh in there. Hope to see this in the paper!
Saul From Salina
* * *
DEAR MEXICAN: Your statement that the beans assimilate as the previous immigrants in the past? You got to have your head up your ass so far that you don't know which way daylight is located. The beaners aren't educated, they can't speak English, they remain on the bottom of the graduation rate in the country. No surprise: look at the shit hole country where they came from—same stats.
Richard the Randy Racist
DEAR GABACHO: I have a hard time taking seriously a man who goes on and on about education—but wrote on the subject line for his email "assimulate."
I'm Mexican and I'm gonna' say it: Why do so many of these motherfuckers, the ones from the last 15-20 years, come over here like rabbits, take up all the educational resources, don't finish school, and hog up all our free Public Assistance?
If all he can attack is your spelling (one word) he has a very weak argument. He loves to avoid questions as he did with you.
His page sucks. Someone asked him why Mexicans keeps old tires and trash in their front yard and instead of answering he goes on and on and ON about how it's every Mexican's dream to own a nice, classic car. That was NOT EVEN THE QUESTION.
Gustavo, "Leagal" is a twisted man's twist on Legal Eagle... those coupled rhymes will get you "evertime"!
All I got to say is that I got banned from the Ask A Mexican Facebook page because of my remarks. I'm a 4th generation Mexican whose family came here leagally over a 100 years ago, and evertime I comment on the Ask A Mexican(wetback) question, all I get is a negative remark only because I'm right.
Randy the RACIST. You sound like you have your head up your ass and you cant speak Spanish.
Your so smart try a second language and see if you can learn.
The teachers were busy that day showing the ESL kids where the free lonches were served. Oldschool Rocquero had to take a back seat while Lupe, Chupe, and Snupe were being honored for their mojad-ismo. Orale.
@downtownbrownNah, I answered them all—too bad you're too pendejo to get them!