Ask a Mexican on Reconquista, and Riding a Bike

I hear that at the last Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors hearing about redistricting, some lady accused Supervisor Gloria Molina of Reconquista. What is that — and what on earth is going on over there? I don't get what all the fuss is about. The U.S. Census says that Latinos make up half of the county's population — it seems only fair that Latinos should have a chance to elect whoever they want to — at least two seats on the board, rather than getting split up all over the county. What gives?
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First, some 'splaining is needed for the rest of America. Molina is the lioness of Latino politics in Southern California, having served as a state assemblywoman, Los Angeles councilwoman, and county supervisor in her nearly 30 years in public office. That's a great legacy on its own, but Molina has recently courted controversy for proposing to change the supervisorial district lines (as done every decade) of Los Angeles County so that two districts fall in Latino-majority areas, the thinking being such shuffling will ensure two Latinos on the Board of Supervisors. Redistricting to empower or dilute a particular ethnic voting bloc, of course, is as American an effort as the fast-food taco, and about as appetizing, and it's something that los Estados Unidos is currently experiencing anew given the demographic changes that the Reconquista created. No surprise that there's a backlash — but it happened with negritos, happened with chinitos, and even with micks, Jews, and goombahs, so us wabs can't whine that we're getting uniquely demonized in this instance. All that said, the Know-Nothings opposed to such efforts should also look toward history — negritos, chinitos, micks, Jews, and goombahs became as inept and corrupt in running America as gabachos, so Mexicans in power have nowhere to go but arriba.

Every time I ride my bike through the barrio in a city, the same question comes to my mind. Why do so many Mexican business owners sit huge stereo speakers outside their stores and play music at a volume that guarantees I'd never go in?
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That's all that your local barrio businesses use to promote themselves? No guys dressed in Shrek costumes, no creepy clowns giving out balloons? No sign waver broiling in the sun, chica caliente in a skirt as high as her top is low handing out fliers, or Mexican flags waving? Or maybe a truck left out on the street with all the info about the store painted on it, or a window sticker on said truck fighting for space among a bull and Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes fame pissing on la migra? Not all ad campaigns exist on Groupon, Facebook, or even your local Spanish-language radio station, you know, and it's your loss for not going in and missing out on all the cheaper prices us Mexis and wily gabachos enjoy.

Good Mexican of the week! Ustedes have probably never heard of David A. Sánchez, since former chairs of college mathematics and statistics departments don't exactly resonate across our tonto land. But the retired profe from the University of New Mexico has just released Don't Forget the Accent Mark: A Memoir, a brief, beautifully told story of a young man who navigated his ethnicity through the turbulent decades of the Chicano Movement and beyond. Proof that, sometimes, the most effective civil rights heroes wield not a bullhorn but a classroom.

 
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Dumoudan
Dumoudan

Is this law Racist? Does it specify brown people?Are the people who agree with this law racist?Are those who want this law enforced racist?The law says nothing of little "brown" people but it explains what is illegal entry. It's not very hard to understand. Why is this law "broken"? Why can it be selectively ignored?Illegal alien includes all people who entered illegally, could be Croation, Russian, Chinese, Irish, Canadians and yes even Mexicans. No one single race or people is referenced in the law. Under Title 8 Section 1325 of the U.S. Code, "Improper Entry by Alien," any citizen of any country other than the United States who:Enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers; or Eludes examination or inspection by immigration officers; or Attempts to enter or obtains entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact; has committed a federal crime.Violations are punishable by criminal fines and imprisonment for up to six months. Repeat offenses can bring up to two years in prison. Additional civil fines may be imposed at the discretion of immigration judges, but civil fines do not negate the criminal sanctions or nature of the offense.These people cost Pheonix and surrounding cities hundreds of millions to support the education, health and welfare of these illegal immigrants. A landscape worker paid by cash (no taxes) and his wife (a stay at home mom), have been here for 16 years and had 7 children born in the US. Who do you think paid for her medical bills???

Stuart Pitt
Stuart Pitt

"the Know-Nothings opposed to such efforts should also look toward history — negritos, chinitos, micks, Jews, and goombahs became as inept and corrupt in running America as gabachos, so Mexicans in power have nowhere to go but arriba." What we have to look forward to is Mexicans in power can be expected to run the County (or Country or wherever) as well as they have traditionally run Mexico. Ever stagnating third world country that it is. Or is it more that that the Mexes want their own piece of the corruption pie that they have no chance of attaining in their home country. Hay Gustavo...remember the people you exploit to make a living (you're not one of them, you're from Anaheim) act the same way here as they do in their home country. Reconquista my ass, you make believe mexicans want to be in power so you can rule your peon brothers...just like Mexico.

mrgrnjn
mrgrnjn

You keep talking this reconquista crap and America is going to start talking smith and wesson.

Mistalee
Mistalee

David A. Sánchez. Begs the question- It is the first syllable in Sanchez which is always accented. Or to state it more generally, the second to the last syllable in Spanish is always the one accented unless there is an accent mark indicating otherwise. So why do I see some Hispaños placing accents on their surnames over the syllable that is accented anyway? It seems gratuitous. I have seen Sánchez, García, and López in print, and I am pretty sure these surnames with an accent are not pronounced any differently than Sanchez, Garcia and Lopez. FWIW, I see this done generally by Latino yuppies, I don't think any of my neighbors would be down with it.

 

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