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Dear Mexican: Recently, a coworker turned me on to a website that features many videos of unspeakable atrocities the drug cartels are committing in Mexico, many graphically displaying murders and beheadings. I just recently saw one of a woman getting her head cut off with a knife! Now I wish I had never seen this, but it can’t be unseen. Now, most Mexicans I have met are very nice, generous people. Mexico is also such a strong Catholic country, where the church preaches to be good and helpful to your fellow man. So, how can it be possible that these types of evil people really exist there? Is it because they still have the Aztec blood running in them? As we know from history, the Aztecs were notorious butchers and cannibals.
– Puzzled by Narco Violence

Dear Gabacho: As we also know from history, the English used to draw and quarter people, then place their body parts in different parts of the country—so what’s your point? Do we blame the English for the atrocities that some American soldiers have committed in Iraq and Afghanistan? Do we blame them for Ed Gein? Or for the lynchings of African-Americans that gabachos committed through the mid-20th century? Of course not—such talk of sanguinary determinism is as stupid as racists freaking out that a Mexican-American boy from San Antonio sang the National Anthem before an NBA Finals game dressed in a mariachi suit (would Know Nothings had freaked out if a gabacho in a kilt had done the same? Is the Mexican government now corruption-free?). Refry this: drug cartels commit atrocious crimes because drug cartels are criminal enterprises—and last time I saw The Godfather, criminal enterprises try to strike fear in each other by being more brutal toward their enemies (and even innocents) than the other guys. But if you want to play your game: why didn’t you include the Spanish side of the mestizo
equation in your pregunta? After all, they plundered their way through the Americas in ways that would make the Aztecs seem as peaceful
as Quakers.

I’ve been playing pickup basketball at a gym in Alhambra near El Sereno. Some of the guys that play are covered head to toe in tattoos and have their heads shaved. Are they cholos or La Eme, or is this the current fashion? They seem like nice-enough guys, but they have tattoos all over their necks and heads. Do fellows get thoseoutside of prison? If so, why do they do that?
– Afraid to Call a Foul

Dear Gabacho: What does it matter to you? All you should care about during a basketball game is kicking the other team’s ass, and humiliating whoever is guarding you. Why do the guys you play with have so many tattoos and shave their head? Why don’t you ask them? If they’re willing to rub their sweaty bodies against you, I’m sure they’re more than happy to explain why they look the way they do. But you probably won’t, because that’ll ruin your hipster fantasy of being so down with la raza that you can post up on a Mexican Mafia member in the barrio without getting killed. Are they cholos? Maybe, but you didn’t describe their tattoos, so I won’t assume like you do. For all you know, the opposing center who most likely schools your ass three times a week could be a Cal Tech cabrón.

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