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Dear Mexican: I’m half-Mexican and half-white on my conservative Christian, Republican father’s side. Growing up, I was discouraged from learning Spanish by my father and his family (while mi abuela tried to teach me anyway) and so never learned, so I’m currently having to learn as an adult. My father’s family always tried to impress upon me their specific beliefs on all topics—my grandfather and I have gotten into arguments since i was eight about his racist attitude toward those of a brown background, and I’m constantly having to remind him that myself and mi prima are both half-Mexican (her on her father’s side), even going to the extent of adding Perez to my last name (it’s my mom’s maiden name) and going by Morgan-Perez for the last few years.

I know what i had to deal with growing up, and now with the whole immigration fiasco, my grandfather continues on and on. My little eight-year-old prima is stuck into the middle and is really starting to feel bad about herself because of this—she is torn between loving her grandpa and loving her personal background. How can i help her?

Confused Half Breed

Dear Pocho: If having you and your little cousin as grandkids hasn’t convinced your abuelito that Mexicans are good people, then que se vaya a la chingada. Blood is thicker than water, they say—but it’s not thicker than horchata, so Mexican’s ain’t obliged to genuflect before their elders. There are entire swaths of cousins who didn’t talk to their grandmas for decades because of some perceived slight the abuelas paid on their mom or dad back in the rancho. And, sometimes, the grandma or grandpa in the family was an unrepentant asshole. Respect and honor is very important for Mexicans, but so is common sense, so I’d tell your primita to tell your grandpa to fuck off and be proud of her Mexican part—best thing you can do to shape her young mind.


I’ve read many of the letters people have sent you here at this column, and I must say that it seems a little one-sided. I’m a Welshman, trying to get my green card. I spent nine months in La Habra, and in my experience the friendliest people were the Mexican/ community. I received better service at Gonzalez Northgate Markets than I did in Wal-Mart. The other customers were friendlier too. So, my question is: why do you get so many letters from people who appear to dislike or even hate Mexicans?

Soon-to-Be Immigrant


Dear Taffy: I’m found your letter behind a nopal in my archives, so I’m not sure what year you sent this letter in. What you describe was once true but ain’t the case anymore. Time was when the Mexican would get cartloads of nasty letters from losers—but since I always get the last word, they got a can a chile powder thrown on their pride again and again, and word got around. Nowadays, straight-out hate letters are as rare in my mailbox as a Mexican FIFA World Cup championship because the haters know better than to write in, even though we live in a historically bad time for Mexicans in el Norte. I think all good people can take a lesson from my experience: when the haters go for you, don’t ignore them—fight back with humor, stats, and DESMADRE, and they’ll scatter away like the cucarachas they are.


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  1. I like Mexicans generally, esp in Sam Peckinpah movies, but there are TOO MANY.

    There can’t be too many Mexicans in Mexico cuz it’s Mexico.

    But when there are TMM in the US, it no longer feels like America.

    Still, better Mex than Blax.

  2. “Why Do People Say They Dislike Mexicans?– Because there’re too many revanchist assholes like Gus.

  3. hyperbola says:

    <I’m half-Mexican and half-white on my conservative Christian, Republican father’s side. Growing up, I was discouraged from learning Spanish by my father and his family (while mi abuela tried to teach me anyway) and so never learned, so I’m currently having to learn as an adult.

    Parece que el abuelo tiene un problema desde que su hijo (cristiano, conservador) se caso con una Mexicana. Así que, el abuelo es mas anticuado que su propio hijo – no hay mas remedio que ignorarlo. Pero, ¿Que paso con la madre mexicana – por que la abuela tenía que dar clases de español?

  4. A lot of people are missing the point. The issue is not who or what your ancestors are. The issue is what you are. My ancestral roots are secondary, or even tertiary, to my America cultural values. You can be an American whose ancestors were Mexican, but you have to be American. If you want to be a Mexican, then move to Mexico.

  5. TG says:

    Why do Mexicans hate Salvadorans? Because they exist. Because Mexico already has more people than jobs and resources. Salavadoran immigrants are hated by the Mexicans not because they are a different color or speak a different language, but because they exist.

    And why do Americans hate Mexicans? Well, they don’t really hate Mexicans per se, they just want them to stay on their side of the border. Because the Mexicans allowed the oligarchs to breed them like cattle not that long ago, and there are too many of them for Mexico, and certainly too many for the United States if we are to maintain a first-world standard of living.

    I mean, why do so many Mexicans want to leave Mexico? Do they hate Mexicans? Or do they just not want to live in a dirt-poor country with 100 people competing for every job? And neither do Americans. But it is the fault of Mexico that Mexico is what it is (no fair blaming the US: ask the Canadians). So I say Americans are fully justified in ‘hating’ Mexicans. If by ‘hate’ you mean wish they would clean up their own mess and not export it here.

  6. People don’t hate Mexicans Gus, they hate unfunny, condescending dickheads like you.

  7. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Mexicans are actually a quite racist people.

  8. I don’t hate Mexicans, but I do find that frequently I dislike many of their behaviors. For example, I dislike…

    …that most have no respect for the rule of law in the United States and make no effort to understand why this bothers Americans.
    …that many seem to think that they are entitled to live in the US and work here in violation of our immigration laws.
    …that many Mexicans who violate our immigration laws along with other laws can’t show even a drop of gratitude that the American citizen taxpayer looks the other way while they violate our laws.
    …that many Mexicans send their children to our schools for free and never say thank you for that free benefit.
    …that most of the Mexicans I know never read books. Never. It makes having an intelligent conversation with them almost impossible. Unfortunately, this habit of not reading books applies not just to Mexicans with minimal education but even Mexicans with college educations and who should know better.
    …that many, many Mexicans have revanchist sentiments and feel they are entitled to “retake” the American southwest without even bothering to ask if the current residents of these lands have any interest whatsoever in a “return” to Mexico.
    …that many, many Mexicans are just fundamentally dishonest.
    …that most Mexican men are machistas and regularly show disrespect to women.
    …that most Mexcian men while showing disrespect to Mexican women fall on their knees at the sight of a white woman (it doesn’t matter if she’s fat or not even very good-looking).
    …that many, many Mexicans are always blaming Americans and the USA for problems they (the Mexicans) have created.
    …that many, many Mexicans regularly try to shame Americans of Mexican ancestry by testing them to see how “Mexican” they are to try and guilt trip them into identifying with an ethnicity that has done essentially nothing for them instead of siding with their American citizenship and nationality.
    …that many Mexicans that live illegally in the US will actually fight with and insult US citizens and claim greater rights than the citizen!
    …that many, many Mexicans resist learning English even when special classes for learning English as a Second Language are provided for them for free.
    …that the Mexican government through its consular offices regularly interferes with our domestic policies in the areas of citizenship and voter registration.

    This is just a short list, but I think you get the idea.

  9. I wonder if Gus will ever use an actual letter from an actual person some day.

    I certainly don’t hate Mexicans. But i’ll never forget when I first came to California and asked a Mexican girl out on a date and she told me “I don’t date white guys”. Well I have Italian heritage and have cousins with a darker complexion than she did and the revelation that OMG i’m a white guy was jarring……..did that mean she “hated” me? nope. She was a nice girl and we had some laughs but no dating and no hating.

    I love Mexican food, so there’s that too.

    not a big fan of the race baiter Gus but I understand he’s just trying to get replies and I’d bet Mexicans hate just as much as anyone else.

    • Replies: @Wally
  10. I have no problem with Mexican people at all, but when I rented apartments to Mexicans some years ago, I did notice a strange custom of using cue tips to clean their ears and then scattering the used cotton buds all around the outside of their homes, perhaps to ward off evil spirits, I don’t know.

    After a while I became pretty much fluent in Spanish and still am, but I never got round to asking about the significance of this. By the way, this was in the orange picking territory of South Florida, but I don’t know if that is significant.

    • Replies: @Anon
  11. @NMObserver

    NMObserver, you forgot…

    …. that many Mexican men wolf-whistle or catcall any blonde woman they see (including my own blonde mother, who had to deal with their crap well into middle age).

    Strangely, however, they never harass blondes if there are any white men nearby; for all their professed machismo, at some level they are deeply afraid of us.

    • Replies: @NMObserver
  12. @huero de California

    You’re right. I’d have to agree with you on the points you raised.

    Yes, they do catcall blonde women.

    And they are afraid of white men. In fact, I’d go so far as to say all Latin American men are afraid of white men, especially American white men. They’ll never admit it, but it’s interesting how they can be bossy, big talkers when they are around other Hispanics (male and female), but let a white guy show up and they become submissive in their language, gestures and posture. I’ve seen this many times.

  13. Ivy Mike says:

    No family tree could be whiter than mine but my maternal grandpa was an intolerant son of a bitch and I never had any problem at all with cutting him out of my life.
    When I was a kid Dallas was the most segregated city on earth. Now I live and work in the middle of an insane polyglot barely functional and always surprising and interesting international city and it’s effing great! Always happy to help Gus scatter cockroaches…

    • Replies: @Ris_Eruwaedhiel
    , @Wally
  14. Mexicans are more polite than Californians

  15. BradinIN says:

    That question is easy to answer: because of tendentious dimwits, like the author of this cr*p.

  16. @Ivy Mike

    Are you married? Have kids? If you have kids, do they go to a public or private school.

    It’s funny how SJWs avoid diversity when their kids are involved.

  17. Wally says:

    “I’m half-Mexican and half-white” …

    So there are no “whites” in Mexico?

  18. Wally says:
    @Ivy Mike

    Indeed, pigs like pigpens and idiots like being around other idiots.

    The most segregated city on earth is Tel Aviv, or any other ‘Israeli’ city, town, colony.

  19. Wally says:

    But dumb Mexicans still want to live near the ‘gringo’.

  20. Wally says:

    “Italian heritage” doesn’t mean what it used to.

    A large number of “Italians” are not really Euro Italians, hence your not-so-Italian dark “cousins”.

    • Replies: @Anon
  21. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    Tel Aviv is actually significantly less segregated than most other Israeli towns. With Haifa and Akko, Tel Aviv has a large mixed population. Most other cities and towns are exclusively Jewish or Arab. So yes, segregation is a huge problem in Israel, but Tel Aviv isn’t a particularly good example.

    But what do you care? You like segregation.

    • Replies: @Joe Franklin
  22. @Anon

    Segregation in Israel is between Jewish and Gentile entitlements.

    Only Jewish people are substantially entitled-by-law in Israel, because Jewish nationality is a super-majority of voters by design.

    Israel also allows some diaspora Jews to vote in Israeli elections.

    Critics say the special status of Jewish nationality has been a way to undermine the citizenship rights of non-Jews in Israel, especially the fifth of the population who are Arab. Some 30 laws in Israel specifically privilege Jews, including in the areas of immigration rights, naturalization, access to land and employment.

    Jewish victim culture in Israel is significantly supported and defended by the American taxpayer, US congress, and American military forces.

  23. Ron L says:

    Ivy Mike,

    If you had ever lived in Tel Aviv, you would know that the segregation is there for a reason. Arabs are dirty, dangerous, and untrustworthy. That’s why the Israeli government controls immigration so carefully. Japan, China, Singapore….they all do this, too.

    In the future, it will become necessary for all of the Mexicans in America to be repatriated; whether they like it or not. The same goes for Africans and Indians. And at the same time, Europe will have to expel the Muslim invaders. I don’t know how you feel about Jews, but I’m sure you want to preserve Western Civilization. That means segregation.

    There is not room for Arabs in Israel; for the same reason that there is not room for blacks and Mexicans in America.

    • Replies: @Logan
  24. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    Bad link, apparently.

    Cue tip:

  25. Because they’ve met one?

  26. Logan says:
    @Ron L

    “In the future, it will become necessary for all of the Mexicans in America to be repatriated; whether they like it or not.”

    Back in the 80s, we lived for several years in a small town in northern NM. Most of the people who lived there referred to themselves as Spanish, and had been living in the area since before English people began settling in North America.

    Should they be repatriated, and if so to where?

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