Should the United States return the Southwest to Mexico?

Dear Mexican: I grant you a magic wand. Now, tell me—how do we right the wrongs of Sam Houston and Manifest Destiny? Is it to correct his legacy and call out the crimes and recognize the victims? Or should the land be given back? What is it, my fellow American?

—U.S Citizen

Dear Gabacho: A chicken in every olla and a gabacha in every bedroom—KIDDING. The United States stealing Aztlán remains a grievous wound with Mexicans, but it's not as huge an issue for run-of-the-mill Mexis as Know Nothings or Aztlanistas want you to believe. Sure, we take pleasure in seeing the American Southwest revert back to Mexico demographically—but we acknowledge it as God's karmic humor (kind of like seeing Brits eating curry, or a black man in the White House) instead of studied revanchism. The theft of our territory remains more a kick to the huevos than outright castration—it stunted Mexico's growth and still aches, but didn't condemn us to Guatemala levels. All this said, I think a full accounting of Mexican-American relations during the era of Manifest Destiny in the history books would placate most Aztlanistas. The Mexican would also love it if the American government offered restitution to the many Tejanos, Californios and New Mexican Hispanos who had their family properties stolen outright by rapacious settlers and the courts (just talk to the Berreyesas of Northern California, who had many of the males in their clan murdered with no prosecution of their gabacho killers). As for returning the conquered territories back to Mexico? There's a reason we Mexicans left Mexico, you know...

I was born in Ciudad Juarez and moved to the Northern Virginia-Washington, D.C., area when I was really young. I grew up going to museums and I love it. Came back to the Juarez-El Paso area. I have two kids, and I love taking them to museums, plays, art galleries—anything art-related. My question is: How come some, if not most, Mexicans are not into going to museums, galleries, plays, opera—you know, stuff like that? I've met educated, uneducated, rich and poor Mexicans, and they all seem to not like those kinds of things. I've gotten reactions from fellow Mexis who see my kids getting excited about going to an art gallery or a museum as a treat for something. If you have an answer, for my mental sanity please let me know. Yes, we're nerds—whatever—but I feel it's necessary for kids, my Mexican kids, to know about galleries and museums, among other things. What do you think?

—Loca for Lichtenstein

Dear Nerdy Wabette: The American Associations of Museums cited in its 2010 study "Demographic Transformation and the Future of Museums" a National Endowment for the Arts' Survey of Public Participation in the Arts that figured only 8.6 percent of visitors to galleries were "Hispanic," and only 14.5 percent of "Hispanics" were regular patrons of the arts. It doesn't really offer an explanation for the low numbers other than mumbling about "historic discrimination" and also noting that higher education and income levels accounts for higher museum participation across all races and ethnicities. I'd lean toward the latter explicación, but it's not a full answer: I know more than a few working-class Mexis who know their Riveras and Duchamps, just like I know "Hispanics" who couldn't tell you the difference between a Picasso and a Pica Limón wrapper.

GOOD MEXICAN OF THE WEEK! Speaking of museums and Mexicans, an obvious pick: the National Museum of Mexican Art, located in Chicago's Pilsen barrio and telltale proof Mexis won't ignore the arts if they have ready access to them. It's not all about highfalutin arte, either: They help sponsor Radio Arte, the nation's finest experiment in youth-produced, NPR-quality radio reports on Latino USA. Find out more at www.nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org.

 
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NatWu
NatWu

Hey assholes, the Southwest wasn't stolen from Mexico or Spain, it was stolen from the Indians who happen to still be there. If America was going to give it back to anybody, it would be to the Apache, Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, and other southwestern tribes.

Monster Mark
Monster Mark

does your son inherit your belongings, my family is Apache and Spanish, so wouldn't this be my land to?

Eddie deCordova
Eddie deCordova

WRONG ASSHOLE..The Indian land was stolen by thiefs,better known as your fore fathers,you know the ones that came all disease infested with scurvy and no telling whatother sickness they brought with them..those are the ones who stoled the land from the Indians.And yet they still had the nerve to prance around in robes and powdered wigs,If one day you would learn to comprehend what your reading,you would know that this GREAT COUNTRY OF MINE,was built from the labor of many many immigrants.

Jorobes
Jorobes

As an hispanic this is a sad article. Should we return all of middle east back to Europe as well. I am saddened by the Mexican American who believes that Mexicans can do better with this land. Look at Mexico and you will find your answer.

Eddie deCordova
Eddie deCordova

As a MEXICAN AMERICAN,"not hispanic"born and raised in LOS ANGELES,CALIFAS,,i agree w/u about this being a sad article and what you have written,Your more then 100% correct when you say to look at Mexico and you'll find your answer,Whats really messed up is that Mexico now is even worst.

Lewis
Lewis

Just have patience ,as you can see the demographical changes are well in motion. It seemsthe world revolution is still progressing. Things will return as they should be. Soon there will be no room for those with out dated thoughts and ideas.

babykitty
babykitty

If the southwest got returned to Mexico, then Mexico, by rights, should be returned to Spain.

Eddie deCordova
Eddie deCordova

If the southwest was returned to Mexico.It would be just be as corrupt as Mexico is now,,BUT then you say that Mexico,by rights,should be returned to Spain,Whats your reasoning behind that???.When the Spanairds got to,what is now Mexico,they started trying to take over the land and people.The people im refferring to were not MEXICAN,,THEY WERE AZTECA INDIOS,.Push came to shove and THE AZTECAS SMASHED and sent the Spaniards back to Spain..So "by right's"the Spaniards get CACA.

Joshua
Joshua

If Mexico owned all of South America and the US Southwest, Mexico would still be corrupt, underdeveloped with a huge uneducated and unskilled peasant class producing mega millions of kids and no incomes. Rich Mexicans would still get richer, and care not a whit about the peasants. Perhaps they would even smoke their own marijuana and not sell it into the USA....perhaps they would learn to speak English...perhaps fajitas will learn to fly....

 
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