Tia Lencha’s Cocina: Is Cinco de Mayo Fake News?

Yesterday, mijo ask me gwhy peoples celebrate the Cinco de Mayo.

“Is because of the Battle of Puebla,” I tole him.

“Do people in Mexico get borrachos and crazy like they do here in the United States?”

“Crazy? No. The kids get day off from eschool and then some mens dresses up in the pueblo of Puebla and play like is the battle happening again.”

“No crazy borrachos?”

“No, is more like kids eating candy and washing TV.”

“Is it about Mexican people being proud of their culture?”

“No,” I say. “I’m no proud of gringos gwearing sombreros and eating chimichangas.”

“Are chimichangas Mexican?”

“I don know. I never ate one,” I say. “But the gringos love to eat the food with all the cheez I don know what it is.”

Mas…Tia Lencha’s Cocina: Is Cinco de Mayo Fake News?

Native American population almost back to pre-Columbian levels

nativeamericanpopulationSamuel W. Bennett’s GET DATA website features charts/graphs and infographics about current events, sports, news, culture, and history. We thought this log-scale graph of the native (in red, of course) and white population in the U.S. was fascinating, sad, and maybe, just maybe, encouraging.

His description:

After disease and war decimated the Native American population from an estimated pre-Columbian 5 million to a low of a few hundred thousand in the late 1800s, the American Native American population has recently approached the pre-Columbian population. The…figure shows that the population of American Native Americans from 1492 to present.

His chart that ranks Tolerance, Racism and Xenophobia in the United States shows we’re lots more tolerant than some other countries, but still have big-ass problems with gays, immigrants and “foreign languages,” not that this is news to us.

Mas…Native American population almost back to pre-Columbian levels

Groups livid over new MLK Malt Liquor commercial

(PNS reporting from ATLANTA) African-American and Latino organizations are furious over a new marketing campaign for Black Mambo Malt Liquor, the first beverage specifically targeted to the Afro-Latino market.

In the first controversial commercial, a young, spicy Afro-Latino spokesmodel named Ricky Martin Luther King was digitally inserted into footage of civil rights speeches to talk about civil rights and their connection to drinking malt liquor.

The so-called “I Have a Drink!” ad, which was directed by Quentin Tarantino, has infuriated both the black and Hispanic communities.

“This ad is an insult to everything Martin Luther King stood for. It is an insult to the civil rights movement. And it is an insult to insinuate that either Latinos or African-Americans actually drink Black Mambo,” says Ron de Cuba, author of the book 40 Ounces and a Mule: A History of Alcohol and Slavery in America.

Mas…Groups livid over new MLK Malt Liquor commercial