Archive for July 26th, 2011

July 26, 2011

La vida pocho

by Greg Martinez

ā€œPochoā€ is a term used by Mexicans to refer to Mexican-Americans, especially those who donā€™t speak Spanish or otherwise reject Mexican culture. I learned this from my Mexican born wife since she uses the term to describe me. It is often used today as a playful term and not as an insult. Still, it highlights a rift in the Latino community. Many of us know about differences between Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Spaniards, and Argentines to name a few, but there is also a chasm that exists between Mexicans and their American born counterparts.

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July 26, 2011

Colombian Salsero, Joe Arroyo, Passes

It is with great sadness that we share that Colombian Salsero, Joe Arroyo, has passed away after weeks of being ill.Ā  Arroyo was surrounded by family and friends in Barranquilla, Colombia when he crossed over early this morning.

From the Being Latino familia to yours, we’ll miss you Joe.

July 26, 2011

US-Mexico Border Insanity

by Orlando Rodriguez

The day-to-day reality along the U.S.-Mexico border has reached a new level of absurdity. The U.S. Department of Justice has begun requiring gun sellers in states (Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas) along the U.S.-Mexico border to report when an individual purchases more than one semiā€‘automatic rifle within five days. The intent is to reduce the availability of guns to drug traffickers on both sides of the border. Yet, gun-rights group and republicans (a few democrats too) oppose this new reporting requirement because they say it violates the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms.

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July 26, 2011

Confessions of a mixed-heritage Latino

by Cristopher Rubio

When I saw that this past June’s CONCACAF Gold Cup (or Copa de Oro) groupings paired Mexico and El Salvador in the same group, my heart sank a little bit. You see I’m half Mexicano and half SalvadoreƱo, and, well, it’s never easy seeing these two countries duke it out on the pitch. It’s a lose-lose situation, and I never really know what team to root for!Ā  Should I root for the heavily favored Tricolor, or for the underdog Cuscatlecos?Ā  The truth is that I switch, back and forth all the time, depending on the situation, and the location (you’d be a fool to root for El Tri in San Salvador).

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