Ask a Mexican: Is "brown pride" the same as "white pride"?

Dear Mexican: What happened to my friend? She is white (Irish — her only aunt was a Catholic nun!), she grew up in Pico Rivera (so most people think she is Mexican with green eyes), she is converting to Judaism, and guess what? All she meets are Mexicans! And all she likes are Mexican men — in fact, the Mexican janitor at the temple she goes to asked for her number. When she first attended her temple, she called me, and guess what? She met Mexican men trying to find their Jewish roots. Now that she is becoming a Jew, she meets more Mexican men. What's going on? Do I have to become Jewish to find a Mexican husband?
Her Friend Who Will Not Convert

Dear Wabette: Guess what? There are Mexican Jews! Have been since the Conquest, which saw more than a few conversos (Jews who converted to the Catholic faith after Ferdinand and Isabella banned Judaism and Islam from the Iberian peninsula in 1492 under penalty of death) come over to the New World and take out their existential angst on the indigenous. After that, they laid low for a couple of centuries, practicing their religious roots in privacy and as far away from prying Catholic eyes as possible (a couple thousand conversos ended up in New Mexico, where some maintain Jewish practices to this day — take THAT, proponents of Hispano purity!). This hidden history (and Muslims took the same path as their fellow Abrahamic brothers, although we call them Moriscos) has sparked interest among some Mexicans to research their ancestry, which might be why your gal is all of a sudden getting such interest from hombres. Because whether we're Jew or Muslim, Catholic or Mormon, nothing inflames a Mexican man's heart like a cute, devout gabachita.

Dear Mexican: Some time ago, Cain Velasquez won the Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight title. Not long after, I heard a lot of people saying that his "Brown Pride" tattoo across his chest is racist, and that if any white person were to have a "White Pride" or "White Power" tattoo, everyone would be quick to label them a racist. What's your take on this?
More Marvelous Ass-Kicking

Dear MMA: You hear this a lot from skinheads — that Mexis proclaiming "Brown Pride" is just like them pushing white pride, so why is it okay for mestizos to be proud of their race but not Whites? That twisted logic shows how pendejos those skins are. The more accurate corollary to brown pride would be the Black Power or Yellow Power movements of the 1960s from which Brown Power emerged. That era saw historically oppressed minorities try to instill a sense of orgullo in themselves, try to deprogram centuries of gabacho thought and laws that maintained minorities should be ashamed of who they are. More importantly, though, brown pride in its most-common manifestation hasn't been used to preach race supremacy or to terrorize minorities ala the proponents of white pride. Can gabachos be proud of their roots? Damn straight — celebrate your mick or wop or honky ancestry, gabachos, but given that the definition of "white" continuously changes in this country (the Irish once weren't; Mexis once were), anyone boasting of "White Pride" is as deluded as a, well, a skinhead.

GOOD MEXICAN OF THE WEEK: Books like Huichol Territory and the Mexican Nation: Indigenous Ritual, Land Conflict, and Sovereignty by Paul M. Liffman are welcome, necessary reminders that Indians in Mexico still must fight for respect, their ancestral lands, and the eradication of traditions. Liffman commits the academic sin of relying too much on the works of others to validate his points, but Huichol Territory nevertheless stands as an important document of how fucked-up the Mexican government is — and how the Conquest continues. Well-written, too, and encyclopedic.

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Jeff C
Jeff C

You can't be "proud" of something you didn't create. All this race based "pride" garbage is just insecurity manifesting itself in the politics of skin color.

pat
pat

why can we not just all forget about what our ancestors did to other people good and bad and try to do unto other as you would have them do unto you and live your life as part of the human race and stop signifying color or race as something that makes you human or different from me

James Hodges
James Hodges

Is this racist crap still being published on the net?

Paythepriceasyougo
Paythepriceasyougo

Mexican brown pride is racist since Greeks, albanians, Sicilians and many related people with related European ancestry have brown skin. Thus Mexicans and other hispanics are racist denying their relationship with there brown skin cousins from Europe.tHE IGNORANT AND TRULY MORONIC INTELLIGENCE OF askamexican and his "racists" beleif.

MichaelM
MichaelM

Yeah, Brown Pride existed back in the day. We had a saying then, too, that "If "black is beautiful, there's a masterpiece in the toilet."Same goes for Brown. Same goes for White.Screw the color scheme. Just be American, pendejo!Besides all this color crap... no one's gong to covince me that they have "Brown Pride"who runs from therir responibility to fight for justice in their country of origin - Mexico -and settles into the easy life here (comparatively) while their wives and children have to forage for themselves back home.I have been in the homes of many Hispanics - as a cop and friend - and can tell the difference between someone who's been infected with the culture (yeah, what you call the oppressive WHITE culture), typically, and someone who feels theri duty to contribute to itinstad of merely siphoning off the goods and services produced by others.

The leftist, me first, Sad Sack poor-pitifil-me syndrome doesn't carry any weight with me.I grew up in an orphanage and had to work my way through the Marines and college.I think our "guests from the South" ought to have to do the same and get an education then a job, pay taxes, and get off the welfare rolls. You don't have the right to one thin dime of mine!

 
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