required reading:

Check out this open letter to the US Media.

I learned an important lesson from the guys with whom I framed houses in Chicago-

You can be Mexican American and never have had an ancestor who crossed the border. As Los Tigres del Norte say in “Somos Mas Americanos,”

Yo no cruce la frontera, ¡la frontera me cruzo!


  1. You’re talkin’ like one of us Californios. There’s always been Mexican folks and Mexican culture and history here, let alone every other place name, like, oh, I don’t know, Los Angeles, maybe a couple others. No big deal to me, but a lot of people think there’s too many now, even some native gabachos.

    What to do? Quien sabe?

  2. the border crossed me

    I think that’s a reference to the fact that a lot of Mexican and Spanish families were here when the border was up around San Francisco and ‘crossed’ over ’em on its way south to San Ysidro. They’re still here.

  3. Just so you know, L.A.’s honest-to-murgatroyd actual name was “Pueblo de Nuestra Senora, Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula”, although there’s some controversy in academic historical circles about the actual wording. Yawn.

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