mexican american jokes

What my Mom text me today:

“Mexican Words!! 

The teacher told Pepito to make sentences with his spelling words: 

1. Cheese: Maria likes me but cheese ugly.

2. Mushroom: When all my family gets in the car, there isn’t mushroom.

3. Shoulder: My friend didn’t know how to make tacos so I shoulder.

4.Texas: My friend always texas me forwards.

5. July: Ju told me ju were going to the store and july to me!! Julyer!!

6. Chicken: I was going to the store with my wife but chicken go by herself. 

7.Wheelchair: We only have one soda but its ok wheelchair.

8. Chicken wing: My mom plays the lottery so chicken wing.

9. Liver: A bully was messaging with my sister and I told him to liver alone.

10. Body wash: I wanted to go to the bar, but no body wash my kids.

11. Budweiser: That woman over there has a nice body, Budweiser face so ugly?”

on the topic of finding mexican/latino accents (when speaking english) “funny”

when we are making jokes within our communities about our accents, which totally happens all the time,

(there are many examples-a few off the top of my head:  the whole #estarguars; when televisión mexicana shows skits of ppl mispronouncing words, george lopez comedy skits, or us making fun of how el chapo pronounced sean penn, SO MANY examples lol)

it is different from when someone outside a latino community, (be them white or of any other ethnicity) makes fun of us. it is ok for our own communities to find humor in our experiences and ways of being. but when it is a white-dominated media world that is making fun of our accents, that is what is so damaging

Because jokes about our accents have been used to justify the dehumanization and exploitation of latino communities as a primary labor force in the United States for DECADES

Racist humor has a purpose, it isn’t just racist for racism’s sake. when non-latinos make fun of our accents they are perpetuating a system that thrives off of latinos’ percieved “unintelligence.” Because this has historically allowed, and continues to allow, stereotypes to ensure that mexicans/latinos be percieved and treated as unintelligent, that the jobs that the poor take on (like fast food, cleaning) are not due to exploitation and also not the result of international policies, but rather that the people doing those jobs are so “lazy, dumb, can’t speak english therefore not smart, unmotivated” and that is why they don’t deserve a living wage, or they don’t deserve healthcare or “welfare” etc etc

p.s.

this dates all the way back to white power structures (in regarding mexican immigration) implemented after 1848 when the U.S. absorbed mexican people living on their newly acquired territories as citizens of U.S. after the “treaty of guadalupe- hidalgo” that ultimately robbed the mexican government of half its land