Do Mexicans Get Racially Profiled by the TSA at Airports?

[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do Mexicans make their kids perform at family parties?

DEAR MEXICAN: I have a question for you about los mexicanos and the TSA, my most-hated useless government agency. I've heard the TSA does illegal ICE dragnets at airports to catch illegal aliens. My problem with the TSA is that I get pulled aside for "special screening" every time I fly. It is infuriating. The first part of my question: Does getting targeted by the TSA happen to you or other mexicanos? How can I stop this harassment from happening, short of wearing a gabacha wig to try to "look more American"? It's humiliating to get treated like that by the asshole TSA agents, and it pisses me off that they are abusing their power to target mexicanos. C'mon, TSA: Your job is to protect travelers of all nationalities so they can fly safely, not to do unlawful dragnets to target immigrants. Am I getting searched every time for other reasons and NOT really being wrongly racially profiled by clueless TSA agents?

Too Spic-ish Asshole

DEAR TSA: While I'm more than happy to decry anti-Mexican harassment at the drop of a sombrero, let's remember the TSA chinga a ALL passengers. I've seen them pull aside gabacha grannies in wheelchairs and tow-headed toddlers. Besides, racial profiling of Mexis at airports was going on long before 9/11: Per a 2002 report by the ACLU, "A General Accounting Office study revealed that approximately 67 percent of the passengers subjected to personal searches upon entering the United States were people of color. Black and Latino Americans were four to nine times as likely as white Americans to be x-rayed after being frisked or patted down." The TSA is about as effective as migra—and nowhere near as loveable.

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DEAR MEXICAN: Why is it when Mexican families get together for any reason, it always turns into an impromptu talent show? We berate little kids until they break down and "sing that song or do that dance you do, andale! Si no, te va llevar el viejillo señor. Aver, señor, venga por mi hija que no quiere cantar." You think maybe all families do this, or is it just a Mexican thing? Maybe we're trying to re-create Sábado Gigante at home?

Buscando las Estrellas con Don Francisco

DEAR MEXICAN STAR SEARCH: You're wrong. Remember that Simpsons episode in which Grandpa Simpson makes Bart and Lisa sing the Armour Hot Dogs tune to amuse Marge's mami? Don't forget that Los Simpsones remains the most Mexican show to ever appear on network television, making The George Lopez Show seem as raza as Duck Dynasty. And, speaking of historical FOX animated programs, the Mexican is thrilled to announce his 2014 project: Bordertown, scheduled to debut this fall! The show (with Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane as one of the producers and Chicano legend Lalo Alcaraz as one of FIVE Latinos on the writing staff—and if you include the Jewish guy from Miami, that's six!) will deal with the world's worst border-patrol agent, Bud Buchwald, and his chingón Mexican neighbor, Ernesto Gonzales. I'm only a part-timer, a consultant who's mostly going to be offering notes, but I've already seen scripts—amazing, hilarious and spot-on about what it means to be Mexican in America right now: the pochos, the immigrants, the nerds and narcos. Arizona Senate Bill 1070 and Zacatecas. Hispandering and the military-industrial complex. Pozole and "El Son de los Aguacates." The writers' room is a perfect mix of young guns and vets from legendary shows (South Park, The Simpsons, Mr. Show, The Daily Show, Futurama and the Family Guy empire, among others), all knowing full well that they're writing a pioneering program—and that it has to be pinche funny or no one will care. Stay tuned for Bordertown developments in this columna, and start telling your 486 cousins to spread the word NOW!

 
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atviflav
atviflav

For the first post, regarding the TSA, I can tell you what I think it is. It's how you look. Seriously. When you walk out the front door of your home, the way you're dressed will determine the attention you get.

In my many years of flying since 9/11 I've been "randomly selected" twice by the TSA for extra screening. Both times were while on my way through security for early morning flights. Like "Just woke up, screw it, throw some pants and a tshirt on, I'll shave and shower when I get home." So here's scruffy looking me, looking... okay, being hungover and looking trashy to boot. Definitely going to set off some flags. Funny thing is, the first time this happened, it was a middle eastern TSA agent that pulled me aside. I actually thought it was great.

Any other time that I've flown, which is plenty, I wake up with enough time to shave, shower, dress sharp, the works - and I've never gotten the "random selection" search while gussied up. So, in short, if you set yourself up to be profiled... you're probably going to be profiled. That's not to take away from others experiences who are often profiled. They may just have really bad luck, but for myself, I blame it on looking scummy the two times I was pulled aside.

As for the second question. I don't feel that the question was directly or honestly answered. Gus usually gives very intricate answers, detailed to the bone. While he can sometimes come off as condescending, or brutish, and can sometimes take the topic of the question and derail/justify with comparisons to other cultures, he still stays on topic. This answer felt more like a plug, than an actual answer.

BillxT
BillxT topcommenter

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BillxT
BillxT topcommenter

Hey Too, maybe it's your attitude, I see darker skinned folks walk through security beside me all the time (I'm about white-bread as it gets).

Dawn Ramirez
Dawn Ramirez

and I will be as down as I possibly can, which is pretty darn down for a gringa.

Dawn Ramirez
Dawn Ramirez

even Bipolar wives-of-Mexicans get profiled.

spicnspan
spicnspan

dumb topic.  messycan's are always waved through any border at the expense of legal US Citizens.  wab's are waved through checkpoints, while tax paying Americans are harassed by the authorities who allow illegals to flood into our country while destroying our sovereignty

Brenda Avila
Brenda Avila

SFO Airport is super racist. A flight coming from Mexico City, full of white and brown people pretty much... ALL people in the line to be searched were brown. I looked at my white friends walk away with a bunch of other white-looking people, while my pregnant, brown self and my toddler waited in line -because nothing says danger more than a pregnant, short, brown lady and her menacing toddler.- Sheeesh...

Earl Marty Price
Earl Marty Price

Yea they do..why isn't Justin Bieber in an ICE center now..oops I forgot he is white from Canada..

Armando Jr Solis
Armando Jr Solis

The Ask a Mexican column used to be somewhat interesting back in the days, but now its completely retarded and pointless..its time to end it.

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

dont forget whites are racially profiled as soft targets for street attacks


soooo……...

jbellefontaine
jbellefontaine

Stop dividing the people Mr Editor. I have read your article for a long time, I feel like your the racist.

Danny Farmer
Danny Farmer

Any where we go do, my last name though people.off.. Employers with out seeing me was hired when they found out was fired.. funny ha..

Joe Castillo
Joe Castillo

Living in Las Cruces I really tried to watch Bordertown but man the acting was rough

Depro Aro Tagore
Depro Aro Tagore

Since most mexicans have a multiethnic background the profiling will only by limited to stereotypes. My half japanese half WASP friend always passes as mexican....

Jaime Torres
Jaime Torres

Will Bordertown include snippets of authentic Mexican songs like Chente or Pedro Infante, etc?

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

With between 11 and 20 million illegals, of which about 60% are Mexican, I think it is reasonable to place further scrutiny on Mexicans/hispanics.

Alex Garcia de Aztlan
Alex Garcia de Aztlan

i dont see wat everyones problem is. there is nothing inherently mexican about making ur kids perform for friends. and so theres really no answer for a common human practice. i mean who doesnt do that? as the answer pointed out, even the simpsons did it. the first q and a was cool, but why such a dated source? i mean are mexicans and other people of color STILL stopped at airports as much, according to the same source? but its funny how some of the commentors here have written that its ridiculous that mexicans would be profiled at airports these days, when its SUPPOSED to be middle easterners. wtf? as if it was ok back then, but now we should shift our gaze to middle easterners. it aint SUPPOSED to occur at all, put@s!

Noe Alamillo
Noe Alamillo

He who gives up a little freedom for safety deserves neither. Lets keep voting democrat or republican.

Nabil Nathie
Nabil Nathie

Diane... Take a chill pill and stop taking facebook so seriously.

Diane Chavez-Pioch
Diane Chavez-Pioch

Couldn't come up with an actual answer huh? Way to stand tall, stand proud OC Weekly. What a shame.

Priscilla Mallay
Priscilla Mallay

What a smart ass answer, super unprofessional. What a way to treat an obvious one time supporter of your guys crap.

gtnoriega554
gtnoriega554

Perception is everything and this also applies when travelling by air.  TSA agents are not known for being smart.  The bar is set low academically for them to be working for this agency.  Dress expensive and they might harass you less.  Carry expensive luggage as well.  If all else fails, get a blonde, blue eyed and big chested female as your travelling companion.  This has always worked well for me.

OC Weekly
OC Weekly

Diane Chavez-Pioch Because everyone else says so!

Erk Audelo Leon
Erk Audelo Leon

Pinche gente ya no pregunta cosas divertidas, puras cosas sin sentido. -_-

Alex Peña
Alex Peña

Haha everyone soo PC all a sudden

Wynonah Cousin
Wynonah Cousin

Louisiana Creoles do too! it's a source of pride.

OC Weekly
OC Weekly

You do know we've been running our Ask A Mexican column every single week for almost a decade, right?

Ruben Cota Jr.
Ruben Cota Jr.

Stop with the mexican jokes...its not funny or cute.this american/mexican is tired of it...you racist pigs at o.c. weekly.knock it the f#ck off...

armandocdll81
armandocdll81

If Mexicans weren't so snide and glib about our immigration laws maybe they'd be accorded a little more respect. Unfortunately, too many Mexican nationals choose to bring shame to their communities. 

John Hald
John Hald

Lol wat? They dont even get hassled at the border much less at the airport cmon

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

Pretty sure he has documents, plus pays a crapload in taxes.

asthetruth11
asthetruth11

@gregbpc JUST like white guyz routinly go ape shit with their stupid AK  47's and weapons of war be'cuz they're too chicken shit to "stand their ground" with their fists! Seems to me we shuld be profiling and screening psychotic GABACHO assholes like yourself but good luck passing any legislation on it. Yet... you still try to blow smoke up everyone's ass and tell us racism doesn't exist! HA!

fc2479
fc2479

What do you expect, Gustavo wrote this crap

esoj1211
esoj1211

@gtnoriega554 that works for domestic flights, but when I go to Mexico and back, I'm like a walking Goodwill shop so that I dont draw the kidnappers once I get there.

asthetruth11
asthetruth11

@gregbpc No assole!! HIS PAPELES EXPIRED BUT BE'CUZ HE'S A CANADIAN WHITEBOY "ILLEGAL" HE GETS A FREE PASS AND PAYS NO TAXES!! HE TELLS THE U.S AUTHORITIES TO GO FUCK THEMSELVES ALL THE TIME..BUT I GUESS THAT'S OK WITH ASSHOLES LIKE YOU SO LONG AS ITS A WHITEGUY! 

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

@asthetruth11 @gregbpc Routinely?  There are a handful a year, and not all are white.  How many illegal criminals are there?  There are stories everyday in the paper about illegals, raping, murdering, stealing, etc.  How many innocent people are killed every year by illegal gangbangers, drunk drivers, etc?  I never said racism does not exits, but it's not rampant.  And don't tell me mexicans aren't bigoted.  

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

@asthetruth11 @gregbpc If he's committing crimes and w/o papers, sure, send him back,too.  At least he is not pumping out anchor babies, and collecting welfare.  He's spending a lot of money here.  I don't know his label, but pretty sure it's an American label that is paying  a lot of taxes in sales of his stupid records..  I've always said, i don't have as much a problem with illegals who are NOT collecting benefits or taking jobs. Fact is, most take a lot more than they give back (i.e. costs of education, healthcare, housing, welfare).  If we had 11 million Canadians here doing the same as illegal Mexicans, i would say the same.  I don't care what color they are.  You're the one with a chip on your shoulder about race.

 
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