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Mexican White Boy. (Part Three)
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Monday, January 26, 2009

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Young Mexican-American teenager Arturo Jiminez shares some more of his story.

Hola!  Como esta usted?  Mi es muy bueno, gracias!  :)

It's me, your friend, Arturo Rogelio Jiminez.  Hope this finds you well!  (That's what I said above, for you who don't speak or understand Spanish.)

I went to that Mexican music fiesta I mentioned in my last entry; man, I had the best time there!  I saw many wonderful groups, and I danced 'til there was no tomorrow; by the time I got back, I was so sore, I was sure my ancient abuelo, who is something like 98 years old, got around better than me!!  I swore I could have used his cane!  LOL

Now, life is back to where it was.  Still seeing Juana, my girl, still boxing, still going to school.  My life is a good life, even despite having to want to keep from bashing the gringo kids' heads in, for making digs about my Mexican-ness!

I don't know why they can't get it.  I'm just as American as they are:  we bleed the same color, we like (mostly) the same things, and besides, I speak English as well as I do my Spanish!  I'm not like some of these illegals who come here and refuse to assimilate into the American way of life!

Yeah, I hear that all the time:  my fellow Mexicans speaking Spanish instead of English, in front of people who don't speak Spanish.  Personally, I think that's rude.  I do know what they are saying, but it sure pisses the non-Spanish people off, big time!

Now, my granny (abuela) doesn't speak English, so if she's with us, we have to talk to her in Spanish.  Otherwise, she'd be stuck without any help, wouldn't know what's going on around her.  People hear that, and they get muy furioso.  I've had people yell at us:  "Speak English or go back to Mexico; we don't need your kind here stinkin' up America!" when we are as legal as they are!

That's the kind of stuff I have to deal with on those days where we have our granny with us.  This is when I wish I were not Mexican; this is when I wish I were white, perhaps even black.  This is one of the main reasons why I box:  if ever I find myself in a situation where I have to defend my honor, my family, my heritage, I will fight until people see why I am so proud of being Latino.

Granny didn't learn English because she felt she didn't have to.  It is harder for older generations of Mexicans to learn a new language; it's easier if you're young like me.  She could learn, but it is muy deficil for her.

To her, Ingles is like beating your head against a brick wall.

Me, I learned it when I learned to speak.  I also learned my mother tongue, Spanish.  That way, I have the best of both worlds, and it's really opened up many opportunities that my non-English compadres don't have.  I could get the better-paying jobs because I am able to communicate with people who speak either Spanish or English. 

No problemo.

Meanwhile, my poor compadres who only speak Spanish get the lower paying jobs (restaurant work, landscaping, construction, etc.) because of their inability to communicate with non-Spanish speaking people, when they could have so much more in life.

It's really sad if you think about it, especially since a lot of my compadres send a lot of what they make back to Mexico, Honduras, Brazil, Ecuador, or wherever else they're from, so they can support the family members that they left behind, leaving them struggling to make ends meet.

I may be a stupid Mexicano to most people, but I happen to be very smart.  I see what is going on with my fellow Mexicans, and I don't like what I am seeing (or hearing).  I wish people would give us a chance and stop trying to run us back to Mexico, especially since I was born here in America, and I speak English as well as I do  my Spanish!

Besides, I don't even like most Mexican food!  Give me pizza any day!!

Well, I gotta run.  I'm gettin' estupido en mi cabeza.  It is very early out; gotta try to get at least an hour's more of sleep, or else I won't be worth anything in school today.  Take care, and Vaya con dios!

~Arturo Rogelio.

~To be continued.~

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Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 1/26/2009
Karen your writes always manage to suck me in, thank you for sharing...
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 1/26/2009
I really enjoyed this write Karen. Too many forget that we are all God's children and that makes us a pretty even family. Thank you for sharing.

Newfie hugs are on the way, Rose
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 1/26/2009
I enjoyed the story Karen. I have a few mixed emotions about the Mexicans and their problems. America has been a melting pot of many nationalities and all come here to earn a better living and have more opportunities in life.....M
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 1/26/2009
I enjoy this story line as there are many young people that face this same problem, but Arturo seems to handle it very well...good writing, Karen
peace and love, Carole~
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 1/26/2009
I don't know why they can't get it. I'm just as American as they are:

Darn tootin, you are, and just like millions of other ethnic Americans, truly what our nation is made of.

And one of my grandmothers only spoke Polish, and she was one of the finest Americans I've ever known.
Reviewed by Bonnie May 1/26/2009
Talk about are on the top of the list with your touching and heartwrenching stories to open the eyes of those who have no idea how lucky they are. Wonderful write my dear sweet friend. Love and hugs, Bonnie
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/26/2009

Arturo was born in America, and is told to go back to Mexico because he speaks Spanish?!?? Now that's nutz. Maybe he needs to tell them to shut. UP! Mind their own beeswax. Wow. Hadn't thought of that, being a translator to relatives who can't speak English ... you write his story compellingly. Well done. (Muy bueno.) Had to laugh at he likes pizza better than Mexican food. :)

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 1/26/2009
In Canada we have had the mulit cultural issue for almost all of our history, a nation of English and French so distinct that over the years wars have been fought, expulsions legislated, terrorist bombing groups such as the FLQ and finally referandums held and lost over these bitter bigotries. There are never any easy answers when it comes to this.


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