13 Common Myths, Misconceptions & Stereotypes About Mexican-Americans

You’d be surprised at some of the ideas non-Mexican people have about Mexican-Americans.
Most of us are quite aware of the divisions and fragmentations within our own Comunidád. Differences in culture, politics and religion as well as social and economic disparities criss-cross the face of Mexican-American communities today. Even geographic and regional borders become a significant factor in defining one’s identity. Aside from some common cultural bonds, we have difficulty finding a common opinion and approach to many social issues. So, when I come across the popular media’s and marketer’s attempts to homogenize us as an ethnic group and try to define that “One Voice” for their own benefit and for their own sense of feeling that they have us figured out, I can only shake my head and laugh. (Ha-Ha-Ja-Ja…).
Based on lengthy debates over the years I’ve had with numerous and diverse Babosos, I find the need to make out this short list in order to present us in a more realistic picture.
The following statements are intended to illustrate generalized misconceptions of Mexican-Americans in America as a group as sometimes perceived by other groups. There are obviously exceptions to everything, but I’ve made these points as obvious as possible for the ethnically impaired. Please assume that you can precede most of these points with the words “Most” or “Many” at your own discretion or just ignore the whole thing altogether.

13 Myths, Misconceptions & Stereotypes About Mexican-Americans

•    Mexican-Americans vote Democrat.
•    Mexican-Americans are Liberals
•    Mexican-Americans will vote for a political candidate if that candidate is Hispanic.
•    Mexican-American are against border/illegal immigration control.
•    Mexican Americans Speak and Understand Spanish.
•    Mexican-Americans celebrate Cinco de Mayo and Mexican Independence day.
•    Mexican-Americans are Catholic.
•    Mexican-Americans like to dance Salsa.
•    Mexican-Americans are loved and supported by the citizens of Mexico.
•    Mexican-Americans love Mexican Music.
•    Mexicans and Central-Americans are the same thing.
•    Mexican-Americans love Soccer.
•    Mexican-American women like to cook & clean.

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Al Guerrero, Artist/Humorist. Los Angeles, CA. Born in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico and raised in East Los Angeles from the age of two, Al Guerrero grew up just steps from the famous Chicano strip, Whittier Boulevard. His youth experiences include witnessing and participating in the 1970 Chicano Power demonstrations, cruising cars on Whittier Boulevard, and graduating from Garfield High School. After dropping out of UCLA (with honors), he drew upon his lifelong passion for art and cartooning and pursued a career in graphic arts. During this period, he traveled overseas and found artistic inspiration from the masterworks he discovered within the European Art Museums. His career blossomed when he was eventually hired by the Walt Disney Company in 1995, where he worked as a creative artist for a number of years. Although the artistic work was rewarding, he eventually grew weary & disillusioned with the bureaucracy of the entertainment business, and left to work briefly in the educational field. His credits include producing a feature film with actor, Conrad Brooks of Ed Wood fame, founding and performing with the Punk Rock group “The Psychocats” at numerous L.A. & Hollywood venues during the 1990’s, and in 1999 he founded and created a hell-bent puppet cabaret show aptly named: “The Puppets from Hell”. As a long time active member of the Los Angeles Cacophony Society, Al “Quaeda”, as he was known, was involved in countless Cacophony Society pranks and events throughout the city. He also produced the “Incredibly Strange Cinema” cult film series as well as themed events such as the now infamous “Pornothon Movie Nights” and the satirical “Mexican Night: Noche De Tequila & Putas” shows at local nightclub venues. Throughout his art career, he has exhibited his canvas paintings at various local galleries, and has also written & illustrated numerous comic strips and Graphic Novel stories. Today, he lives in Silver Lake, California and works as a freelance artist and writer with numerous multi-media projects under his belt and in the works. His personal hobbies include collecting vintage toys and comic books, cinema history and Los Angeles City history. Contact: alguerrero@earthlink.net Al Guerrero P.O. Box 29697 Los Angeles, CA 90029-0697 www.alguerrero.com Myspace.com/thepuppetsfromhell

52 thoughts on “13 Common Myths, Misconceptions & Stereotypes About Mexican-Americans

  1. If you’re making $15/hr. these days, you didn’t fail in life, Fresnodude.

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