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Dear Readers: Since it's the end of the year and the Mexican is on his 18th tamale (made by the mujeres in his family, of course), behold some letters from angry readers (and one fan), along with my answers. May your 2014 involve more cousins smuggled into los Estados Unidos than ever before!
Dear Phony Mexican: I read and enjoy your column on a regular basis. I, more often than not, respect your perspective on issues as they are presented to you. However, your response to CARROS two weeks ago was disingenuous. You referenced [Federal Highway Administration] statistics as justification for what I believe is passive-aggressive behavior. I divide my time between Denver and Puerto Vallarta. What CARROS was describing is spot-on. I'm a driver and a pedestrian in both cities. The difference is in Mexico all of the pedestrians cross the intersection with purpose and intent to reach the other side.
In Denver "most" of the pedestrians cross the intersections with the intent to reach the other side with the exception of the younger Mexicans. They seem to make this into an "I dare you" or "F U" experience.
If you want we can do this in Spanish. Peyton's Pendejo
Querido Gabacho: Los cholos no son mexicanos.
Regarding your reply to the guy "not wearing bean-colored glasses": It is all about which families put an emphasis on education, not getting pregnant and achievement. Lots of Asian immigrant families do, and their kids succeed and move up the economic ladder quickly. Lots of Hispanic families do not, so they more often see generational poverty. There are of course exceptions on both sides. But focusing on the exceptions does nothing to solve the problem. I don't suspect you'll like hearing that. And that is why politicians don't say it, and that is why nothing changes. Model Minority Man
Dear Gabacho: And, again, class almost always determines which families push their children to better their station. Can you explain generational poverty among gabachos in the South? Of course you can't.
I've been reading your column for the last year and a half, and sometimes I can't help but laugh at the things you say. As a fellow Mexican, I've been thinking a lot about the racism that's thrown my way every day. I live in Kansas, and it's full of racist people, but I just wanted to hear your thoughts over this subject and maybe you can throw a laugh in there. Saul from Salina