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Go back to Mexico, you wetbacks

Dear Ask a Wetback: You and your fellow law-breaking wetbacks don't like Arizona's SB 1070? Too damn bad. Trot back to Make Sick O and protest there, see where it gets you. If you'd work half as hard cleaning up your dump nation as you do sneaking in here, your nation would be worth staying in. But...you lazy illegal mooches would rather live off the dole. Get the point, Jose? Go to hell!

Kerns Kan Kreat

Dear KKK: "Make Sick O"? Clever! Gotta steal that one like we Mexis have stolen the Southwest...

Dear Mexican: It is just me, or is referring to oneself as Mexican no longer acceptable? Hispanic, Latino, Indian-Spanish mix — take your pick. We even have a Mexican actor (Edward James Olmos) referring to himself as Jewish because some old fool told him that "Olmos" is an old Jewish name. Really? On that basis you are no longer our favorite pachuco in Zoot Suit? How can this be? Do you think sometime in the next couple of decades the term "Mexican" will no longer exist? In the future, will your column be referred to as "Ask a Hispanic"?

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Dear Wab: Primeramente, it's not some old fool who told Olmos he's of Jewish descent; it's the actor's own genealogical research that found he's descended from Jews who escaped Hungary, landed in Spain and became conversos under penalty of death, then migrated to Mexico with their modified name, Olmos. And Olmos has never claimed full tribe membership: He always makes it a point that's he's a mix of everything — the classic raza cósmica argument that puritan pendejos such as yourself have abandoned in favor of some fantasy heritage in which we're all descended from Cuauhtémoc. On that note, you're also wrong in thinking that the ethnic identifier "Mexican" will disappear in the United States — quite the opposite. Time was, to paraphrase the libro of legendary Chicano scholar Rudy Acuña, when brownies were anything but Mexican. We called ourselves Latin, Mexican-American, Hispanos, Californios, the hilariously stupid "Spanish," Chicano and even plain-ol' American, but "Mexican" was a fighting word as recently as the 1960s, when Consuelas turned to Connies and Franciscos became Franks. Nowadays, my generation of Mexis is more than happy to call ourselves Mexicans — what's the shame in it? Why mitigate our mexicanidad with a hyphen or a euphemism? Just like the Irish in Southie and the guidos in Jersey, we revel in our heritage to distinguish ourselves from those boring gabachos who long ago forsook their ethnic identity out of shame. As for this column becoming Ask a Hispanic — I'd sooner turn migra than subject myself to that much self-loathing.

Good Mexican of the Week: Speaking of Acuña, the godfather of Chicano Studies definitely deserves a shout-out. Although the profe ain't teaching much anymore at his home base of California State University, Northridge, Acuña still pens pertinent essays, nowadays mostly on the pendejo purges of Chicano Studies being instituted by Know Nothings across the United States. Find out why the discipline is so dangerous by reading his Holy Trinity of tracts: Occupied America: A History of Chicanos; Sometimes There is No Other Side: Essays on Truth and Objectivity; and Anything But Mexican: Chicanos in Contemporary Los Angeles. Acuña dares write about Mexicans in history without resorting to greaser caricatures or painting them with the false glaze of gay caballeros and fan-possessing señoritas — and because he dares to write the truth, Know Nothings' chonis get all in a bunch. Fight the troglodytes and buy Acuña's books, preferably from your finer Chicano coffee shops.

 
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Yoga Teacher Training
Yoga Teacher Training

I agree with LeRoy that too much information blurs the facts. These are word-labels as you can call them. Stick and stones...

LeRoy Garcia
LeRoy Garcia

You guys put way too much thought into this... Too much information blurs the facts. I don't use Mexican.. I just say American. Those with narrow minds might see mexican , Hispanic , beaner , spic or what ever. Words mean nothing to me. Only the weak minded allow names to take control of their emotions. Man up people and take control of your own lives. Don't allow others to define you !

Emilymojarro
Emilymojarro

well yes and no. I still think people should know and be educated on who they are.

Greencluster1
Greencluster1

I come from europe went through the hoops to get my green-card, lived in colorado for 22 years raised a family.Here's the CRACKER whites dont want to do manual labor they seem to think they are above it, whites here live on past performance, mostly white fat people who talk a lot but don't have more then three brain cells to rub together and look down there white noses at anything not Americano oooohhhhhhhhhh and dont forget how they won ww2 all by them selves (yeah right) To the white American your time has come 10 years or less there will be a Hispanic Pres sitting in the oval office ahahah so play the fiddle and pretend your a better class citizen because you don't pick fruit or clean hotel rooms and the rest of the work they do...........So intense is the race hate. But who the hell in their right mind makes a corporatism a person .that to me is more worry some then Migrants who just want a better life for themselves........................keep looking up

 
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