Dear Mexican: As I’ve been doing a lot more business in the city of Santa Ana (one of the most Mexican cities in the U.S.), I’ve realized that a shitload of Mexicans are the Fox News-type conservative, yacking out the same kind of shit you hear at a Glenn Beck conference (except for the topic of immigration — probably because Tío Juan has no papers). But I’ve also met a ton of anti-immigrant Latinos who look like they just hopped the border themselves. In fact, I hear more crazy shit from Latinos in Santa Ana about Mexicans than from gabachos in Laguna or Newport (probably because the only time they see them is when they’re getting some kind of manual labor). I know Mexico is inherently conservative and racist, and I wasn’t surprised to encounter conservative fanaticism from Latinos, but hearing such pendejadas so consistently has been a bit shocking. Is there any scholarly evidence backing up my observations, or am I just being paranoico?
Your Former Student Julio
Dear Wab: Refry this: A 2014 Pew Hispanic Center survey showed that 11 percent of Latinos surveyed identified as libertarian — almost as many as on the gabacho side! As I’ve been writing since you were in high school, Mexican immigrants from the countryside and their descendants (the majority of Mexicans) are natural libertarians, what with their up-by-the-bootstraps mentality, skepticism toward government of any kind, hatred of the police and love of liberty (let us play our tamborazo in the back yard and raise chickens in peace!). But they also bring with them social mores from the days of having sex through a hole in the sheet. It’s those pesky chilangos and Chicano Studies yaktivists like myself who push our cousins and parents toward modernity, toward accepting the primo in the closet and explaining why words like joto and puto just aren’t cool anymore. Needless to say, the struggle es real…
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SHOW ME HOW
Dear Mexican: I have to do a report on Mexican culture, and I need to interview a person from Mexico, but I don’t know about that culture, even though I’m Mexican myself. Mexicans call me a whitewashed Mexican, though, so I don’t think I’ll have the questions that I need. What should I ask about Mexican culture or anything Mexican?
Run Ronaldo Run
Dear Wab: Asking the Mexican about questions to ask Mexicans about Mexicans? How meta! Here’s one: Why hasn’t someone started a torta chain that will turn Chipotle into the next Chi-Chi’s?
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