Why do Mexican business owners put huge stereo speakers out front?

Dear Mexican: I hear that at the last Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors hearing about redistricting, some lady accused Supervisor Gloria Molina of Reconquista. What is that — and what on earth is going on over there? I don't get what all the fuss is about. The U.S. Census says that Latinos make up half of the county's population; it seems only fair that Latinos should have a chance to elect whomever they want to at least two seats on the board rather than getting split up all over the county. What gives?

The Revenge of Roybal

Dear Wab: First, some 'splaining is needed for the rest of America. Molina is the lioness of Latino politics in Southern California, having served as a state assemblywoman, Los Angeles councilwoman and county supervisor in her nearly thirty years in public office. That's a great legacy on its own, but Molina has recently courted controversy for proposing to change the supervisorial district lines (as is done every decade) of Los Angeles County so that two districts fall in Latino-majority areas, the thinking being such shuffling will ensure two Latinos on the Board of Supervisors. Redistricting to empower or dilute a particular ethnic voting bloc, of course, is as American an effort as the fast-food taco, and about as appetizing, and it's something that los Estados Unidos is currently experiencing anew given the demographic changes that the Reconquista created. No surprise that there's a backlash — but it happened with negritos, happened with chinitos, and even with micks, Jews and goombahs, so us wabs can't whine that we're getting uniquely demonized in this instance. All that said, the Know Nothings opposed to such efforts should also look toward history: Negritos, chinitos, micks, Jews and goombahs became as inept and corrupt in running America as gabachos, so Mexicans in power have nowhere to go but arriba.

Dear Mexican: Every time I ride my bike through the barrio in a city, the same question comes to mind. Why do so many Mexican business owners sit huge stereo speakers outside their stores and play music at a volume that guarantees I'd never go in?

Aspirin Fan

Dear Gabacho: That's all your local barrio businesses use to promote themselves? No guys dressed in Shrek costumes, no creepy clowns giving out balloons? No sign waver broiling in the sun, chica caliente in a skirt as high as her top is low handing out fliers, or Mexican flags waving? Or maybe a truck left out on the street with all the info about the store painted on a truck, or a window sticker on said truck fighting for space among a bull and Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes fame pissing on la migra? Not all ad campaigns exist on Groupon, Facebook or even your local Spanish-language radio station, you know, and it's your loss for not going in and missing out on all the cheaper prices us Mexis and wily gabachos enjoy.

Good Mexican of the Week! Ustedes have probably never heard of David A. Sánchez, since former chairs of college mathematics and statistics departments don't exactly resonate across our tonto land. But the retired profe from the University of New Mexico has just released Don't Forget the Accent Mark: A Memoir, a brief, beautifully told story of a young man who navigated his ethnicity through the turbulent decades of the Chicano Movement and beyond — proof that, sometimes, the most effective civil-rights heroes wield not a bullhorn, but a classroom.

 
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Harold Erich
Harold Erich

every time someone has something critical to say regarding anything Mexican their first response is ALWAYS.........u racist!! lmao , u lame uneducated idiots stop crying the race card. Maybe just maybe there is a genuwine reason not to like your azz, or atleast the crap paper in the public restroom trash can

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Hot Yahoo User Dude

Any Mexican restaurant that has large speakers in front I will not support. They need to put up a sign that SAYS EAT HERE AND GET GAS. Eat one Mexican dinner and spend two weeks on the toilet. No Mexican will ever work for me unless they have 100% documentation. Actually no one who is illegal will ever work on my property. Loud speakers just tell me to take my money somewhere else and guess what I DO.

Brian
Brian

Says the racist...

Maybe if you weren't so racist people wouldn't constantly be calling you this... You have a point in that people jump on the race card sometimes when critical comments are made but then you proceeded to prove that you yourself are indeed a hateful bigot... Grow up

Wedo
Wedo

you racist ass !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Memorphis
Memorphis

Just another fine example of KnowNothings. Look how he, unsuccessfully, tried to make a connection between loud speakers in front of businesses and UNDOCUMENTED immigrants working on his property. How do Teabaggers come up with this stuff?! Unbelievable. Also, Isn't neat that all he needed to write was "illegal immigrant" in order to get a couple of "Likes" even though his whole rant doesn't even makes sense?

PS: too late for not having UNDOCUMENTED immigrants working on your property, DUDE, they probably built it...

christopher
christopher

good point...they did probably build it....which is exactly the problem...

it's time to root the social and economic stowaways from our nation, mexican or martian, whatever the nation of origin, we can bare no more weight of stowaways before our beautiful america will be sunken like the defunct and abhorrent governments of nations like mexico. luckily for america, there are those like myself, in the millions, who are trained in civics as well as combat, and when the hour calls, we will defend and reconstitute our nation and our sovereignty, and still extend our hands to nations such as mexico when these governments show the courage to stand for true liberty for their people and sovereignty for nations in the world community. i love people of all nations and colors, and REAL AMERICAN PATRIOTS will be just as indiscriminate when it is time to remove the lawbreakers and their policies of lawlessness as we will be in opening our arms to LEGAL immigrants of ALL NATIONS. make no mistake, THE REPUBLIC IS BEING RESTORED. YOU HAVE AWOKEN THE SLEEPING GIANT.

Ramon Pizarro
Ramon Pizarro

That is a complete and total bullshit statement. I wonder why it's only mexicans that provoke this ire, and not other ethnic groups? I know ! It's beacause, GASP!!! We're not white, and that provokes all of these people into thinking they're going to lose this country. It just goes to show that it's real convenient to forget your own immigrant ancestors (No matter how far back, unless you're Native American) to support a viewpoint that is at best thinly veiled rascism.

 
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