¡Ask a Mexican! Deciphering the definition of Mexican

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¡Ask a Mexican!

Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014 7:00 pm | Updated: 10:27 pm, Mon Jun 23, 2014.

Dear Mexican: I think I might be Mexican — but there are some people who might disagree. Being that you are the source of all knowledge mexicano, I thought I might ask you. Here’s the deal: My ancestors left the U.S. in 1847 knowingly and entered recognized territorio mexicano. The U.S. and Mexico were in the middle of a war. At the end of that war, the U.S. stole the land from Mexico. Pero eso no es mi culpa, pues. Sure, my parents never identified themselves as Mexicans and most of my ancestors haven’t either. But just because I am not mestizo doesn’t mean I am any less Mexican, right? I mean, if you have to be mestizo, then there are doubts about how full-blooded mexicana Salma Hayek is. Not to mention all those güeros, gabachos and gringos who emigrated to Mexico in the last century, like Trotsky’s daughter. Aren’t they Mexican? Cotorreo en casa con mijita, and I listen to El Tri, Los Tigres and Agustin Lara. I know the difference between jitomates and tomates. If you have to be born in Mexico, then well, maybe you, The Mexican, aren’t Mexican either, right?

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1 comment:

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:24 am on Tue, Jun 24, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 2840

    New Mexicans have always had to work to make sure people knew that New Mexico was a culturally unique place, not just some small offshoot of Mexico. But now Santa Fe's local newspaper is importing a column about what it's like to be a Mexican in SoCal, as if that's somehow relevant to the New Mexican experience. I still don't get it.

    My best guess it that the New Mexican is running this column to acclimatise Hispanic New Mexicans to the Anglo PC belief that New Mexican Nortenos should feel some sort of solidarity with illegal immigrants because some of those illegals are also Hispanic. Seems a bit racist to me.


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