Ask a Mexican: Why do Mexicans want to redistrict political boundaries in their favor?

Dear Mexican: I hear that at the last Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors hearing about redistricting, some lady accused Supervisor Gloria Molina of Reconquista. What is that — and what on earth is going on over there? I don't get what all the fuss is about. The U.S. Census says that Latinos make up half of the county's population — it seems only fair that Latinos should have a chance to elect whoever they want to at least two seats on the Board rather than getting split up all over the County. What gives?
The Revenge of Roybal

Dear Wab: First, some 'splaining is needed for the rest of America. Molina is the lioness of Latino politics in Southern California, having served as a state assemblywoman, Los Angeles councilwoman AND county supervisor in her nearly 30 years in public office. That's a great legacy on its own, but Molina has recently courted controversy for proposing to change the supervisorial district lines (as done every decade) of Los Angeles County so that two districts fall in Latino-majority areas, the thinking being such shuffling will ensure two Latinos on the Board of Supervisors. Redistricting to empower or dilute a particular ethnic voting bloc, of course, is as American an effort as the fast-food taco, and about as appetizing, and it's something that los Estados Unidos is currently experiencing anew given the demographic changes that the Reconquista created. No surprise that there's a backlash — but it happened with negritos, happened with chinitos, and even with micks, Jews, and goombahs, so us wabs can't whine that we're getting uniquely demonized in this instance. All that said, the Know Nothings opposed to such efforts should also look toward history — negritos, chinitos, micks, Jews, and goombahs became as inept and corrupt in running America as gabachos, so Mexicans in power have nowhere to go but arriba.

Dear Mexican: Every time I ride my bike through the barrio in a city, the same question comes to my mind. Why do so many Mexican business owners sit huge stereo speakers outside their stores and play music at a volume that guarantees I'd never go in?
Aspirin Fan

Dear Gabacho: That's all your local barrio businesses use to promote themselves? No guys dressed in Shrek costumes, no creepy clowns giving out balloons? No sign waver broiling in the sun, chica caliente in a skirt as high as her top is low handing out flyers, or Mexican flags waving? Or maybe a truck left out on the street with all the info about the store painted on a truck, or a window sticker on said truck fighting for space among a bull and Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes fame pissing on la migra? Not all ad campaigns exist on Groupon, Facebook, or even your local Spanish-language radio station, you know, and it's your loss for not going in and missing out on all the cheaper prices us Mexis and wily gabachos enjoy.

GOOD MEXICAN OF THE WEEK! Ustedes have probably never heard of David A. Sánchez, since former chairs of college mathematics and statistics departments don't exactly resonate across our tonto land. But the retired profe from the University of New Mexico has just released Don't Forget the Accent Mark: A Memoir, a brief, beautifully told story of a young man who navigated his ethnicity through the turbulent decades of the Chicano Movement and beyond. Proof that, sometimes, the most effective civil rights heroes wield not a bullhorn but a classroom.

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Guest
Guest

How intelligent! There you go showing your IQ ...seriously no wonder your screen name is Elvis is alive..F'IN IDIOT! HA!!!

ELVIS IS ALIVE
ELVIS IS ALIVE

How do mexicans keep flies out of their kitchen? They shit in the living room!

Amazed
Amazed

Hell Yea, I get just as mad as the rest of you that illegals come over without doing it the RIGHT WAY. I don't get why you think we are any different than the rest of you! My moms family is from Spain my dad's family is from MEXICO. My dad has retired from the military and continues to hold a federal security cleared job. WTH- breaking the law is breaking the law! Are you so ignorant to believe that anyone would feel any different because of the color of OUR SKIN? Get a clue WE ARE ACTUALLY college graduates, professional executives, and upstanding members of our community. I can tell YOU this much the difference between US AND YOU.....there is NO SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT!!!

mike
mike

im wondering,if mexicans so want to be in this country,why can they not accept this country as thiers and not try to change it into the new mexico? why do they find it so hard to assimilate and eventually become hard working americans? they show the drive but dont want to normalize. its good to hang onto your roots but can you really expect to continue to be mexican while living in the usa? at some point,logic would suggest you are an american,al be it of mexican roots. is it so hard to admit that you are an american and support the country that you chose over your birthplace?

david michael 17
david michael 17

Are hispanic Americans as angry about the influx of illegals over the southern border as most of white and black Americans?

JBQ21
JBQ21

The "Reconquista" was when Ferdinand and Isabella "conquered back" the area of Spain which had been conquered by the Moors and pushed Islam back into Africa. Once Spain was stabilized, the result was to send Columbus to spread Spanish culture to India and guess what he found instead? Hispaniola was the first stop (Haiti + Dom R). The result was Albert Pujols.

MEAN MACHINE
MEAN MACHINE

Hey Mexican why do Mexicans run away from their country and illegally enter our country only to become a burden by stealing jobs and mooching benefits? Do Mexicans realize they are dumb and ignorant or are they in denial?

Chuck
Chuck

how much for some tasty taco.....

Amazed
Amazed

Why do you think so called " American's " feel the need NOT TO WORK? Or why they choose NOT TO have pride in this great country? I AM MEXICAN and I WILL TEACH/ SPEAK spanish in MY HOME. MY nationality is MEXICAN but I AM AMERICAN! More AMERICAN than most of YOU! My father, husband and son in the military and has/will be deployed to FIGHT FOR OUR GREAT COUNTRY! Something most of you could NEVER DO because YOU DONT LOVE OUR COUNTRY ENOUGH to sacrifice your trivial routine YOU call your life. Don't tell me "we" find it hard to assimilate and become hard working Americans! I work harder and longer than most of my friends DO and the response I get is WHY???? WHY??? Because guess what I will NOT have MY KIDS stand around with hands out expecting, food, health insurance, dental ins, $$ for not knowing how to use birth control, and to say the least all the other NON ESSENTIALS. Your RIGHT I am American!!!

Amazed
Amazed

Sounds to me like your the ignorant person!! Myself as a MEXICAN being born and raised in the United States with my parents , parents LEGALLY relocating it offends me that ignorance is so prevalent in the MIdwest! Sounds to me like there are LOTS OF BURDENS this great country carries....like the welfare recipients that have been given the opportunity to take advantage of continueing education but WAIT THEY NEVER HAD A EDUCATION because it didnt take a genius to join the union and make parts at the local Chrysler plant! SOOO if they can make ENOUGH $$$ to sit on UNEMPLOYMENT why shouldn't they? You know don't be mad if I have the drive, tenacity, motivation and willingness to better myself for my family and community. Kick YOURSELF in the ass for what you DONT do to better yourself. You nonchalantly use dumb and ignorant and catagorize ALL MEXICANS... Sounds to me like you need to move to Chicago and wait for your washed up president to return home to spoon feed you!

SarahMessi
SarahMessi

Hey, Mean Machine - you wonderfully ignorant and impolite person you! :D What the heck are you talking about "stealing jobs"?? Have you ever applied for a job? 'Cause if you have, you'd know that ANY employer will only hire you, no matter who you are, if they see any promise from you as a fit and profitable employee to his business. Hmmm.. may be that's why they don't hire your lazy bottom and hired the Mexican or someone else who actually would work his tail off!! :D

Noemi Jurado
Noemi Jurado

why are mexicans so hated..It's funny how you down us for taking your jobs...but hmmm there is a reason why we are....because we aren't lazy ass people. We take pride in everything we do!! Even in scrubbing your damn toilet because your too lazy to do it yourself!! I feel sorry for you for being so ignorant.

Rich Wening
Rich Wening

to mean machine I`LL SAY IT AGAIN YOU ARE A IDIOT, MORON STUPID RACIST HILL BILLY REDNECK SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO LIVE WITH NORMAL PEOPLE HOPEFULLY YOU WONT BREED THE WORLD HAS ENOUGH WHITE TRASH ALREADY

 
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