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Dear Mexican: In Jared Diamond’s DVD for Guns, Germs, and Steel he mentions the classical Spanish form of horsemanship, jimeta. I have not been able to find this word used anywhere else. Can you help?

Bronco Babobos

Dear Gabacho: While Diamond’s book of the same name is a classic, he got his word wrong—it’s jineta, per the Real Academia Española. The word is descended from jinete (horseman, and “El Jinete” is a GREAT José Alfredo Jiménez song), which is derived from the Zenata, the Berber confederation that served as cavalry of the Moors and were respected by the Spanish for their talent—conquistador game respects conquistador game, you know?


¡ASK A MEXICAN! INFLUENCES POLITICS!: Last week, a scandal broke out in the Los Angeles City Council District 1 race between incumbent Gil Cedillo and challenger Joseph Bray-Ali. After the Bray-Ali campaign attacked Cedillo for not denouncing some pendejo spewing racist remarks during a debate, One Bill Gil’s people told the Los Angeles Times about a years-old video of Bray-Ali asking your humble Mexican a YouTube question about why Mexicans like to use their car horns as doorbells (short answer: because we’re LOUD. And also because most barrios rarely have any open parking spaces). Bray-Ali subsequently apologized for the nine-year-old question, even as he declared himself a “fanboy” of this column.

Wow, where to begin…how about fuck everyone involved? Fuck the Times for not doing their research and realizing that Bray-Ali’s question was directed at me—that dramatically changes the dynamics of the story. Fuck Cedillo’s team for responding to a racial taunt by one of his supporters by sending reporters the question to turn the tables on Bray-Ali (Cedillo, for his part, denounced the nastiness, although one of his fans is now leaving anti-Indian comments on my clip). Fuck Cedillo’s supporters for not allowing Bray-Ali to ask a legitimate question about Mexicans to a column set up for that. Fuck any Cedillo supporters who think the very act of engaging with ¡Ask a Mexican! is racist—Gil sure didn’t think so when he was a member of the Latino Legislative Caucus in 2008 when they awarded me with a Latino Spirit Award for what they said was my “exceptional vision, creativity, and work ethic.”

Fuck Bray-Ali’s supporters for trying to drag in former state senator Martha Escutia into the “Go back to India!” debacle. Fuck Bray-Ali’s brother for sending me a Facebook message that got sent to that filtered folder bullshit—my email’s pretty easy to find, bruh. Fuck Bray-Ali for apologizing and taking back his question—implies what you did was wrong, which it wasn’t. With fans like you, who needs enemies?

Man, where’s a tamborazo version of “Hit ‘Em Up,” when I need it?

Everyone involved: don’t use my column for your pathetic needs. Take a deep breath, and concentrate on issues that matter in District 1, like housing affordability and the fact that gentrified Highland Park is overrated.

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  1. Clyde says:

    Why Do Mexicans Use Their Car Horns as Doorbells?

    It’s OK with me especially the horns that blare out La Cucaracha.

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  2. Don Tate says:

    Good on you, carbon! No one should apologize for an honest question. They should get themselves a fancier car horn, instead! Sone la bocina, Frere Jacques.

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  3. Pepe says:

    What in the hell is Goose babbling about? Could anyone finish reading it?

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  4. A better question might be why are we getting 10 year old topics?


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  5. Man i just want to know the history of my being(homo saphian) i love the word “we” and race is an starting with the red and white interbreed.Can someone direct me to some sources. This is a good one however its in blog.Help…

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  6. unit472 says:

    Here in Florida I’ve noticed a total collapse in the number of mestizos arrested for DUI since Donald Trump was elected. It used to be fun to look at the buracho visage of the Mexican farm or construction worker featured at as they were arrested for some alcohol related offense. Now they have almost entirely disappeared since Trump became president. Should not the Mexican/Central American community in the US thank President Trump for reducing the number of arrests for brawling, wife beating, drunken driving etc in the mestizo community?

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  7. @some random guy
    A better question might be why are we getting 10 year old topics?


    Gus is scraping rock bottom of barrel?

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  8. Mexicans and Central Americans arriving today are simply American Indians. Plain and simple. So alcohol will be plague them.

    Forty years ago the Mexicans were more likely to be Mestizos from the North of Mexico or, for that matter, from the Southwest.

    These folks were similar to Sicilians both in manner and custom.

    Today, the arrivals are pure Indian jungle primitives.

    MS-13 are not Hispanics. They are machete-wielding jungle Indians.

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