By Jim Schutze
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By Lee Escobedo
Dear Mexican: You mocked and didn't answer the legitimate questions raised in a letter to you a couple of weeks ago, from the guy who didn't see a rosy future for a Mexican-led America. The writer correctly referred to serious problems in the Hispanic community, such as poor academic performance and births out of wedlock. Instead of responding in a way that showed that you, too, see there are problems that need to be recognized and addressed to reverse the desperate state of Latinos in America, you brushed off the writer by referring to him as "your kind." How can we solve the problems when people like you won't even admit to these serious cultural issues? Not Wearing Bean-Colored Glasses
Dear Gabacho: I did answer the question. We can easily solve the problems you, activists and I decry by treating the problems for what they are — economic issues instead of "cultural" issues. All the problems you brought up are endemic to nearly every group of poor people this country has ever hosted. And those problems largely disappear once members of said group move up in class. Where people like you and that other pendejo you defend go wrong is by insisting on the Mexican part of the social-problem equation. Ustedes think Mexicans are in a "desperate state" because they're Mexicans and nothing else.
I have noticed that wherever I go in Orange County, when a Mexican is crossing the street and folks are waiting for them to clear the crosswalk, they seem to slow their already slow asses down. Is this simply a ploy to piss off people who are in a hurry? Because it's working. For a race that seems to be all about respect, it seems pretty disrespectful.
Cruising Ambulators Really Rip Off Suckers
Dear CARROS: They're slowing down not because they want to disrespect commuters but because they don't want to die. The Federal Highway Administration found that Latinos make up 16.3 percent of pedestrian fatalities, with Mexis making up nearly 65 percent of that stat — both stats about par for Mexi representation in this country, so not exactly an epidemic. While the report did find fault with Latinos importing the traffic laws of their home countries, it also reported that these pedestrians found "a lack of respect from drivers" most of the time that led to accidents.