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Dear Mexican: I’m an Arizonan of the anti-SB1070 ilk who has just adopted an Arizonan five-year old boy who is obviously (visually anyway) of Mexican descent. I want to do right by my son where his heritage is concerned; I have my own ideas about what that means, but I value your opinion. I’m enrolling him in a public elementary school that has a Spanish language program (and hoping that the state legislature doesn’t kill such things), and have a passing knowledge of some of the pertinent literature (among other things I once produced a radio reading of Bless Me, Ultima for the local station for the blind). I expect we are destined for difficulties from intrusive questions to downright racism in the future, so my immediate goal is to continue to grow my relationship with my son such that he has no doubts that his family loves him unconditionally. Beyond that though, I’d be interested in your ideas about what a gringo-raised Mexican child ought to be exposed to in order to have a healthy sense of self and a reasonably sophisticated acculturation.

Expatriate Ohioan

Dear Gabacho: This letter reminds me of Discovering Dominga, a wrenching 2003 documentary that appeared on PBS’s POV series and dealt with a Guatemalan girl named Dominga who was adopted by an Iowa family after she survived the massacre of her village (and family) by the Guatemalan military during the 1980s. Her adopted parents renamed Dominga Denese and raised her to be a Midwestern girl; it worked mostly fine until Denese became an adult and began researching her past, which tore her new life apart even as it healed her inside. Discovering Dominga’s overarching question was whether full-scale assimilation was smart in the long run for everyone involved, and I agree. You’re at least off to a good start: you’re not negating your new hijos ethnicity, and you’re going to stand against the haters. But the best advice I can give you is to let your son grow into his ethnicity. If he wants to identify only with his gabacho parents, that’s okay; if he eventually wants to rename himself Xipe, that’s okay as well. The important thing is to love him for who he is—and remind him to NEVER stay at a Motel 6.


At every family gathering, my Mexican family brings out a bottle of tequila to toast something. Indeed, my Mexican mother drank tequila until she was 77 years old. My question is: what is it about tequila that brings families together?

Herradura Blanco for Me, Por Favor

Dear Gabacho: TEQUILA!


Why do Mexican men always tuck in their T-shirts? Do they believe this will clean up their dusty, sweaty, overworked appearance?

The Mick


Dear Mick: That, and also that any loose clothing at a blue-collar job is an accident waiting to happen. Any working man knows this; that you don’t is just further proof of the decline of the gabacho male in los Estados, and why we need more Mexicans to Make American Men Great Again.


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  1. ” Why do Mexicans tuck in their T-shirt”

    Why does the Chicken cross the street? HA HA HA HA HA

    I tuck my T-shirt in because I don’t like the feeling of wind blowing up and down my back and stomach.

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” qualified since 1973, airborne trained US army Vet, and pro jazz performer.

  2. “…any loose clothing at a blue-collar job is an accident waiting to happen.”

    Especially if you have a big fat cerveza belly that extends your shirttail out several inches further than that of a normal man.

  3. why we need more Mexicans to Make American Men Great Again.

    People really believe this…

  4. “do right by my son where his heritage is concerned”

    I’ve noticed that this only applies to POC if anyone else does this it’s referred to as racism.

    “but I value your opinion”

    holy shit!!! give the kid back……if this racist has an opinion you value you’re going to fuck that kids life up as all you will teach him is oppression, racism and he’s victimized.

    • Replies: @Father O'Hara
  5. TheJester says:

    “Why do Italians leave grease marks on a wall when they touch it?” Stupid, right?

    The Italians, Germans, Swedes, etc., integrated into the American mainstream. Why can’t Hispanics? Need they, like the Afro-Americans, pride themselves on being so far out of the mainstream to that they self-destruct?

    The United States is not Mexico. Seems like the Hispanic immigrants left that shithole for a reason … just like the immigrants from Europe. I would think they would not want to bring Mexico and Mexico’s problems with them. If they try, why did they leave? Please, spare us the answer.

    • Replies: @interesting
    , @Joe Franklin
  6. @TheJester

    “why did they leave”

    To come here for the free shit. Not all but way too many,

    Average time it takes for a refugee to become a net pay payer from a net tax taker. 16 years.

    source: Harper’s September 2017, Harper’s index, page 9…..A very left leaning rag so you can bet in reality it’s much worse than that……and why would anyone think that an illegal is any different…..all they have to do is start having kids.

  7. IvyMike says:

    I can say from a lifetime of working in the trades that you tuck your t-shirt in because you bend over a hundred times a day and your jeans sag and your shirt rides up and you suffer the tragedy of plumber’s butt. All races and all sexes suffer from this, especially now with un-American t-shirt makers cutting them shorter and shorter to boost their profit. Oh, the humanity…
    My favorite Tequila is whatever Cien de Agave is on sale for 20 buck a handle that day.

  8. Why do Mexican men always tuck in their T-shirts?

    It helps if you tuck in your genitals, as well.

  9. Maybe this book was a best-seller in Mexico.

  10. @TheJester

    Illegal Latinos come to the US for Reconquista:

    “Reconquista” is a term used for the belief, held by some Mexicans or people of Mexican origin (and/or attributed to them), that the southwestern United States should legitimately belong to Mexico, and the movement of Mexicans across the southern U.S. border is a step toward the reconquest of this area. Here is the Wikipedia entry on the subject:

    The American-Israeli Diversity and Inclusion establishment want more legal and illegal Latinos in the US because they desire that Latino voters replace and outnumber white Christian gringo voters.



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