Quantcast elsemanario.net
Tuesday, September 23, 2014, videos Videos Photos Photos rss RSS
Home Advertise Contact Us Opinions Contests Subscription Weather Events Member of HDN Español
Recomended Links:    Advertise with Us  |  CAREER OPPORTUNITIES NOW  |  Consumer Tips  |    
City
Education
Economics
Immigration
Chispa
National News
International News
Health
Travel
From the Editor
Publisher's Note
Whitehouse Updates
Sports
Local News
Cover Story
Environment
State
Username:
Password.
Forgot your password?
Register
Classifieds
More
 
Hey Mexican, get rid of that accent!
Bookmark and Share   
América’s conscience will be on trial as the Arizona Supreme Court launches its judicial hearing regarding SB 1070. It comes at a time when Congress will be debating the DREAM Act and coincides with the jailing and fast by Sister Lorenza Smith, Pastor of United Methodist Church in San Antonio, Texas who sits behind bars for protesting this legislation. It comes at time when detention centers are being filled to the brim as América’s new version of repatriation takes place. According to an article in The Denver Post dated December 6, 2010, ICE bent the rules in order to meet its deportation quota.


The central issue seems to be racial profiling, giving local police officers the right to stop persons without just cause. The writ of habeas corpus, or the guarantee against any detention forbidden by law, is at a crossroads for legal interpretations. What criteria will police officers use to stop someone who they believe is an immigrant? What stereotypes will be conjured up and filtered through the macroscopic lenses of bigotry? Maybe one of the safeguards is for Mexicans to get rid of their accents.


While those with suave and debonair French, British and English accents are touted as possessing highly acceptable linguistic cuisines, those with thick Mexican accents will have to walk through the fires of linguistic DNA testing. Mum will become the norm in Latina/o communities as immigrants and Spanish Speakers will increasingly avoid public communication, concealing strong accents that might reveal undocumented immigrant status.


Here are some hints on how to circumvent the language police. Don’t cringe when you are asked for identification and whatever you do Anglicize your Spanish surname. I have become “Raymond of the Castle” and it works real nice. And although speech pathologist’s services are in demand as they figure out ways to assist accent carriers in getting rid of those god awful Mexican accents, there aren’t enough of them. Walk the chalk line as word in the community has it that speech pathologists are under surveillance by agents playing peek-a-boo in Wal-Mart stores where prices for linguistic services are within working class range.


Spanglish speakers have half a chance and might be able to slip under the surveillance schemata used by the language police. Pero anda con cuidado. I hope this much Spanish doesn’t get me in trouble. Be sure to speak Spanglish without an accent and mix it correctly. This will get you smiles from the language crackpots who might think about giving you half a ticket. But is should get you past the door.


If they do stop you, don’t worry. Tell them you are code-switching. They’ll be impressed with your bourgeoisie attempt at mediocrity. They will see you as a good Mexican trying to assimilate into the melting pot of hypocrisy.


The linguistic war, which seems to be learning towards a race war, hovers over América’s self-righteousness as language imperialists guard the gates. The contradiction is those who pretend to speak Gentleman’s English are cast as misfits by their own forefathers across the ocean. The guardians at the gates have conveniently forgotten how much they have bastardized English used on American streets. I ain’t kidding on that one, if you know what I mean. The Anglicization of Spanish words such as macho is conveniently used to re-brand nuestra cultura. As our illustrious editor of The Weekly Issue/El Semanario has stated, “the wrap is really a burrito.” It has won first prize at the costume ball.


There is also a potpourri of social identifiers that will become prone to racial profiling as the courts grapple with the odious stench of racism in its courtroom. Here are some other hints. Be careful when you leave home or are exiting a Mexican restaurant, the smell of tacos and enchiladas might give you away. Carry a bottle of cologne or perfume with you, making sure that it doesn’t smell like frijoles or chili bravo. The hound dogs on the prowl, especially those trained by stimulus dollars for employment opportunities under the supervision of ICE managers, Patriots and Secure Communities’ employees will be able to whiff you a mile away.


Put your vaquero boots in the closet and hang up your Mexicano belt buckles, handkerchiefs and sombreros. They are a dead give away. Don’t even think about wearing them for Halloween. Spies have been found at costume stores and it’s really difficult to figure which ones are the spies. They are all wearing costumes. Be careful. And for certain, don’t practice your Cheech and Chong strut when you go Christmas shopping at middle class malls.


One insurmountable obstacle that we haven’t found a cure for is how to change the color of brown skin. Dyeing your hair blond won’t work. It contrasts too much with your moreno-colored skin and presents too much of a dichotomous give away.


As much as possible, wear long sleeve shirts and handkerchiefs, white ones of course, around your neck so that your indelible tan doesn’t get too brown. But don’t wear Zapata bandanas to cover your face. You will get in real big trouble if you chose this type of attire.


América has tried for centuries to force assimilation upon its citizens, rewarding those who do and punishing those who don’t. The problem is that those who do fully acculturate continue to run into obstacles. Others with radical courage have shouted, ¡Ya Basta!


Dr. Ramón Del Castillo is an independent journalist.


© 2010 The Weekly Issue/El Semanario









Back
"Our Community Our Partners"
   PDF Version
 
Channels
City
Education
Economics
Immigration
Chispa
National News
International News
Health
Travel
From the Editor
Publisher's Note
Whitehouse Updates
Sports
Local News
Cover Story
Environment
State

Advertise
HDN Internet
This Publication - Internet
This Publication - Print Version

Contact Us
HDN
El Semanario
Staff

Opinions
Columnists
Editorials
Reader's Letters
e-mail the Editor

Subscription

Weather

Events

Member of HDN

Español

About Us

Subscription

Contact Us

News Archive

Copyright

Copyright 2014, El Semanario. This site is powered by Hispanic Digital Network(TM)
  Logo