Why doesn't anyone use "the B-word" for beaner?

Dear Mexican: These days, using the word "nigger" is considered so offensive that, in its place, we now use the term "N-word." Of course, never mind that African-Americans use it among themselves as a term of endearment, pero esa es una historia para otro dia. Sin embargo, it raises a pregunta for me: Por qué doesn't anyone use "B-word" for "beaner," "W-word" for "wetback" or "S-word" for "spic"?

While I don't advocate the use of ANY ethnic slur, I find it curious/interesting that similar "abbreviations" don't exist for those used to refer to Mexicans, and I'd like to know your take on this. (I'll admit that those "abbreviations" may exist and I haven't heard about them yet.)

PC but Not a Pendejo

Dear Gabacho: The three anti-Mexi slurs you used are so 1950s: The only people who use them nowadays are old gabachos and Alabamans. No need to ameliorate those, any more so than mick, dago, chink, Mohammedan, or square head. Besides, you forgot the most important abbreviated euphemism right now: the I-word, for "illegal" when referring to undocumented people. A campaign run by the always-chingón Applied Research Center (publishers of the even-more-chingón magazine, Colorlines) is asking that everyone stop using the term "illegal" outright — or, at the least, resort to using the awkward "I-word" stand-in. The only people who use that term, unfortunately, are Aztlanistas of all ethnicities, while the "N-word" term has become part of mainstream culture. (Its first appearance in the mainstream media, by the way, dates back to a 1987 St. Petersburg Times article, while the term itself seems to date back to PC pendejos in charge of HR relations for the government during the early 1980s.)

What's the difference, then, between the public's reticent acceptance of using the N-word for "nigger" while completely ignoring the I-word campaign? Easy: One term has centuries of nasty history behind it involving slavery, race, lynching and all other sorts of nastiness, while "illegal" as a stand-in for "Mexican" only dates back to the 1950s: The earliest reference I could find to "illegals" being used as a noun to refer to undocumented Mexicans is a 1951 Los Angeles Times story quoting a government official about the Mexican waves then invading California. Before that, America actually cheered on "illegals" invading a sovereign land: The Jews who tried to illegally enter the British Mandate for Palestine before the establishment of Israel were called "illegals" by the press, and there was even a 1948 documentary called The Illegals based on the subject. Of course, that's ancient history for Americans, who never like to be reminded of their double standards, especially when it involves Mexicans. Besides, America always needs ethnic slurs to toss around and make itself feel better — and while the era of "nigger" is largely over, the days of "illegal" are just beginning. Go, us!

Dear Mexican: As a Korean-American daughter of an illegal-immigrant (Mexican) employer, I'm very curious to know what Mexicans think of us. (I have a feeling that the answer is going to be less than shining.)

Hangul Heina

Dear Chinita: We have no real beef with Koreans, other than you stole our tacos.

Good Mexican of the week: The "Drop the I-Word" campaign, of course. The Mexican doesn't have a problem with using "illegal" — reappropriation, cabrones! — but I do support the ARC's campaign, because they're righteous broders who do good work. Visit droptheiword.com for more information.

 
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Derikw
Derikw

35 Million "undocumented" Mexicans can cross the U.S. border no problem but you have to get a naked body scan if you want to fly to Ohio. The majority of them are here to take advantage of the "Gabacho" economy. If they could build anything for themselves (other than our houses), maybe Mexico itself could become a prosperous country. I don't think they care about their own country though, even with all the national pride they seem to have. If all the "Gabachos" left and went back to Europe, Asia, Africa or wherever, what was left would be just a fucked up as the rest of Mexico - and they'd all move up to Canada lol.

Laurl
Laurl

Re 'wetback' - as a Canadian who is retiring in Mexico, I am told that Canadians are sometimes referred to as 'snowbacks' or 'icebacks'. Not sure if it is Mexico or the US who came up with that. I'm assuming it is meant as humor and not an insult....

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diesel-benz
diesel-benz

Its not "The B-Word" because beaners aren't tolerated as well as niggers. How many niggers prefer to speak their native language? Three that I know (And that language is French). How many french language signs have you seen around Denver? The fact is that niggers are far more "white" than beaners, especially illegal beaners, ever will be.

Lodo_joe
Lodo_joe

Your post show's your hate for Mexicans

diesel-benz
diesel-benz

Your post shows you don't understand I'm not trying to hide it.

 
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