Ask a Mexican: On Robbing From the Old, Giving to the Underpaid, and Crying Manly Tears

I've been hired to find out why some clothes are not being returned to patients at a nursing home in Newport Beach, California, even though these clothes are marked. I went down to the lavadero as a place to start my investigation and watched some señoras jóvenes selecting clothes that they put in their armarios or coches. I know that stealing from anyone, whether they are rich or poor, is incorrect, but part of me understands why they do it. My idea was to be employed as a deaf lavandera and just listen to what was going on around me, then I would take my findings to the administration. After explaining what I think is happening, I'd ask for a raise for the señoras jóvenes. ¿Son mis aspiraciones/sueños demasiado altos? Will any of this help?
Jefita

Are your aspirations/dreams too high? What do you think? You want to play-act as a sorda, rat out the laundry workers, and then ask they receive a raise? You really don't think the bosses will fire them, or even call immigration? And trying to justify robbing viejitos and the sick? I don't care how poor a Mexican is — a good Mexican honors the elderly and enfermos. Only a cretin — or a Guatemalan — would steal from them.

What's the deal with all the Mexican song lyrics about lágrimas and llorando? We all know most Mexican men are más machos dudes and all that, so why all the songs about tears and crying? Even if a gabacho cries, he doesn't try to advertise it and certainly does not sing about it in 80 percent of the songs on the radio. ¿Por qué lloras?
Gabacho Seco del Norte

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Why do I cry? What isn't there to cry about for a Mexican man in this country? Besides a higher-than-average unemployment rate for us, narco-violence in our patria, horrendous high school dropout rates for our kids, too many mexicanas marrying gabachos, and Mexico losing badly in the FIFA World Cup, an hombre's life right now is rather miserable. But you know what? We're not afraid to llorar y llorar, as the great Vicente Fernández wailed. Sure, most of the crying in songs refer to some ingrata with saucer eyes and chichis worthy of Brazzers.com, but the flipside of macho is vulnerability — you'll have to buy my book for a further explanation, but know right now that you gabacho men can learn something from our soft side. Finally? You say gabachos don't advertise when they cry, which probably means you must think Frank Sinatra circa In the Wee Small Hours was a pussy — and if you do, you have no sense of manhood, son!

Good Mexicans of the Week! PBS doesn't commission nearly enough documentaries or series on Mexicans — sorry, execs, but rebroadcasting that Sesame Street episode when Linda Ronstadt sang with a Muppet mariachi isn't enough — so it's heartening to know that it aired The Longoria Affair last week. This powerful, thoughtful documentary covers one of the most disturbing episodes of discrimination in the annals of America: the refusal of a funeral home in Three Rivers, Texas to allow the body of Felix Longoria — an Army private killed in action during World War II — to lie in state on account of him being Mexican, and the insistence by town fathers that Longoria's family bury him in the segregated part of the backwater's cemetery. The resulting furor sparked national attention and still divides Three Rivers decades later. Ask your local PBS affiliate to air The Longoria Affair again, or — better yet — buy your own copy at thelongoriaaffair.com.

 
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Lacebra
Lacebra

que regrese a me-ji-co, joven. que regrese. y favor de llevar unos 2 o 3 milliones ilegales contgo, esta bien? Hasta!

Blair_patty
Blair_patty

You see a white man holding a sign begging for money, a black man on streets with his hand out, a Mexican man in front on Lowe's or Home Depot who will do the jobs you lazy ass men won't do for money, yet you'll talk crap about Us as being lazy and on welfare, I've yet to see a Mexican man with a pity sign or his hand for money on the corner or on some Freeway off ramp. Take notice

R Petitti
R Petitti

Thats because if they are here illegally, they dont want to be too obvious. Actually, I have mexicans hit me up for money all of the time, so get over it.

Bong
Bong

Fuck the mexicans

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Youat
Youat

WHaaa! im a poor mexican whaaa!!! im just a victim!!!! WHAAA!!!!!!

Txranger1829
Txranger1829

What in the hell is this all about anyway.The Longoria Affair??? Yes bad things happened in this Country. But the only way to move past them is to stop reliving them.

Dreamer441984
Dreamer441984

The primary reason anyone reads this newspaper is because we find what it writes disgusting, incorrect, and laughable. It's sort of like those National Enquirer papers with the 600lb 13 year old boy that gave birth in Yemen or whatever.

Duranh13
Duranh13

written by gustavo arellano ? isnt that a latino name shame on u dont u have anything more important to writte about

Duranh13
Duranh13

whats guatemalans had to do with this ?

Nonracist
Nonracist

wow shouldn't this be ask a bigot or racist? "Only a cretin — or a Guatemalan — would steal from them." How about the pot calling the kettle black.

 
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