Mea maxima culpa: The Pocho Ocho top Chicano sins

by María Purísima on July 24, 2012 in Cultura, Pocho Ocho

It’s rough being a Chicano, one little misstep and you can crap all over the sanctity of your Chicanismo. Here’s a list of the top eight Chicano sins you want to avoid, just in case you have trouble keeping track.

8. Changing your name to an Aztec name: If you’re Rosa, don’t pretend like you’re really Xochitl just because you joined MEChA. And that goes for you, too, Nezahualcoyotl, I mean Erick.

7. Confusing Emiliano Zapata with Pancho Villa: Yes, they both had mustaches, but not all Mexicans look the same. One of them was a revolutionary or something, right?

6. Talking shit about RATM: Every Chicano loves Rage Against The Machine, without question, everyone knows this. How dare you?!

5. Pointing out you’re dating a white girl: Dude, viejas are viejas, hands off! Just because Samantha isn’t brown on the outside, doesn’t mean she’s not down with the brown on the inside.

4. Forgetting about your community: Look, who cares if you moved out of the barrio the first chance you got? The point is you bring up your community at every opportunity — because you care too much.

3. Putting Tapatio on everything: We get it, you’re Chicano, OK? The “Hecho en México” tattoo gave you away.

2. Calling yourself “Spanish”: The truth is, you are not Spanish, that nopal on your forehead gives you away. You are Mexican, the Spaniards would not have you, and when you say shit like that, Chicanos won’t either.

And the numero uno Chicano sin…

Mispronouncing your own last name. Maybe stop trying so hard, dude, and just start with the basics, like who you are.

Oscar Barajas contributed to this post.


Laurita July 25, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Orale. Number 1 is totally a pet peeve of mine. There’s a reporter on tv in the Bay Area named “Sal Cas-tan-ada.” I want to bitch slap him and say it’s Salvador Castañeda mofo! You’re brown, you can’t hide it!

Heidi K. July 31, 2012 at 6:00 PM

I loved this blog. Every single word of it. I love my enchiladas covered with cheese, along with my frijoles and chile rellenos! Cheese is the key! I must admit I confuse Zapata with Villa. All I know is my grandfather had to hide out while one of those two who was in power and looking for “soldiers,” and come when the coast was clear. And I just found out, some 40 years after his death, that he never became a U.S. citizen. He made sure my grandmother was a citizen, but not him. I love playing my ranchero and mariachi music to the highest I can. But one thing. When the Spaniards came to Mexico first, they made sure they indulged in the sweets of our Mexicana senoritas and that’s why some of us are lighter than other. My only siblings are just like this. Just my older sister must have gotten a bit of our Mama Chayito Cuca and on and on… Thank you for this gem. Made my day.

Paul August 3, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Both Zapata and Villa had impressive mustaches. However, Zapata was a much better guitarist as his work with the Mother’s of Invention and as a solo artist show…..

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