My fiancé is trying to learn Spanish so he can speak to my grandmother when we get married next month. Lately, he's been listening to CNN en Español to get an ear for the language. A couple of days ago, he told me that, after several weeks of seeing the channel, he noticed that there are always chickens clucking in the background of the commercials. He wants to know: "What's up with the chickens? Is worshipping chickens a Mexican thing?" Madre Hen
Does your gabacho not speak English, either? Can't he ask the Mexican a question on his own? Not only that, but your gabacho is either a liar or he mistakenly tuned into the Rural Farm Network for his Spanish lessons. I watch CNN en Español and have never once heard chicken clucks during a commercial. In fact, the only time I hear chickens in the background of any program is when gabacho talk-show hosts rant about Mexicans. That sound-clip cliché isn't used exclusively for Mexicans, though: Entertainers have associated chickens with poor people since the days of vaudeville, and even famed reporter Borat Sagdiyev, in his recent documentary, unleashed a chicken on unsuspecting New Yorkers, to hilarious results. As for the chicken-worship question, your gabacho is wrong again: The Mexican reverence toward gallus domesticus is reserved for the gallo giro, the fighting cock. Rural Mexicans treat their hens as they treat their women: as purveyors of breasts, eggs and little else.
Why do Mexicans claim that the United States stole the American Southwest from them? Mexico took it from Spain, which took it from the Indians. So when the United States marched into Mexico City after the Mexican-American War and drew up new boundaries that Mexico agreed to, it was no different from any other conquest in history. All's fair in love and war, right? Mexicans Are Clueless
Right so tell your gabacho countrymen to stop whining about Mexicans.
Why do spics and micks get along so well? Is it because both races are drunk, fornicating, degenerate Catholics? Don Mulletino
Get your racial slurs correct Mexicans are wabs, not spics. Otherwise, you nailed it on the cabeza, cabrón. And the similarities don't end there. The Irish were the Mexicans of the United States before the Mexicans. Millions of them came to this country destitute, as indentured servants (the precursor to the bracero program) and even as illegal immigrants. Gabachos here maligned the Irish for their Catholicism, their funny English, their big families and their constant inebriation, stereotypes popularized by the mainstream press. The Irish fought back: They formed gangs, voting blocs and in the case of the Saint Patrick's Battalion defected by the hundreds to the Mexican side during the 1846 Mexican-American War.
But the Irish in America, to paraphrase Noel Ignatiev's famous 1995 book, eventually became white, whereas Mexicans will forever remain Mexicans in the eyes of gabachos. Nevertheless, the spic-mick connection continues. I know many children of Irish-Mexican heritage who call themselves leprecanos, a miscegenation of the words leprechaun and Chicano. Many Irish-American civic organizations support amnesty for illegals, and about 50,000 Irish immigrants have no papers. And gabachos have warped our precious St. Patrick's Day and Cinco de Mayo holidays into bacchanals of booze and women on second thought, that's a compliment. Our races are brothers in depravity, Don Mulletino, so let's unite and throw the gabachos down the well, qué no?
Got a spicy question about Mexicans? Ask the Mexican at email@example.com.
And now, we ponder the chicken question.