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Dear Mexican: I watched the brown pride marches of the early 1970s and heard the shouts of "La Raza" and how it was going to be different now that the "Chicano" had arrived. I remember when President Ronald Wilson Reagan gave amnesty to some 5 million illegal Mexican immigrants and how this was going to change things once and for all, bringing the Mexicans into American society with welcome arms and citizenship. Nothing was going to hold the Mexicans down now. And here we are: Mexico might not be falling, as you say, but the police, the army and the citizens seem unable to stop the killing. Predominantly Latino school districts in Santa Ana and Los Angeles are failing, the Latinas are having babies out of wedlock at the rate of Guatemalans — and the young Latinos are still tagging and banging. I believe Mexicans re-colonizing not only the Southwest but of most of America is only a matter of time, with brown pride and illegitimate children filling this great country. So what are you going to do with it, Mexican? Reading The Turner Diaries to Prepare
Dear Gabacho: Rather than me offering you my usual pendejadas, I'll direct you to the research of University of Southern California professor Jody Agius Vallejo, whose book Barrios to Burbs: The Making of the Mexican-American Middle Class was just released in paperback. Her pioneering research shows how Mexicans are following the same assimilation and financial achievement patterns as previous immigrant groups. Can't argue with facts, yet I'm sure you will.
I have always wondered why high-achieving Mexican-American men tend to date/marry white women. I have noticed that since I was an undergraduate. Now that I'm working in academia, most of the Chicano professors are married to white women. Also, it seems that the more power a Mexican-American man has, the more likely he is to marry a white woman. What is this phenomenon about? A Xicana Scholar in San Antonio
Dear Wabette: Your assumption is correct. A 2012 Pew Research Center study on intermarriage in los Estados Unidos put it thusly: "For newly married Hispanic men and women, marrying a white person is associated with a college education." The Pew people didn't get into the why of the matter, but I'd argue it's because of the scandalously low number of Latinos in college. All this said, chula, ALL Mexican men want a gabachita at some point in their lives, regardless of class. Nothing against you fine-ass Xicanas, but dating a white woman is the ultimate status symbol for hombres, not so much for the prestige but so we can get our share of the romance Reconquista.