Friday, September 30, 2011

The Haters are Winning: Anti-Mexican Educational Kristallnacht

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Hispanics: Helping White People be Whiter in Numbers. You're Welcome!

The 2010 census changed in format to emphasize "Hispanic" as an ethnicity, not a race. Latinos where still ambivalent, since 1980's when checking which box of ethnicity applied to them. Often they'd turn to the "other race" box instead. This resulted in a 6% increase in Americans who considered themselves white as counted by the census. Read the whole article via Boston Globe here:

White spray tanners take heart: there is hope the "citrus" option for race or ethnicity will be available for your orangeness by next census.


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

More on the History of Racists in America | Of "Aborigines" and an IDIOT from Alabama | The Scott Beason Story

EVA LONGORIA on H8R (hater)!!!!

My visit to UT Austin was amazing last week--the crowd was huge, smart, and fun!  Gracias UT! It also introduced me to some cool cats who are now zapping me quality material for the galleryblog; here's one from another new Austin correspondent, Alberto Gonzalez, NO! NOT THE FOOL, ALBERTO GONZALES, WHO WORKED WITH BUSH AND DESTROYED THE U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE!!!!!  ..... this Alberto wears rad Marilyn Monroe t-shirts and guides the CMAS starship in Austin!

Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2011 16:40:10 -0500
Subject: Eva Longoria on the NEW show H8R
From: Alberto Gonzalez

Hey Bill,

Here is the link of the TV show called H8R. I think they have the full episode with Eva Longoria online, and the same episode also has Scott Disick in it. 

Additionally, here is a link to an article about the show H8R on CNN:

 It was a pleasure meeting you, and I hope this may be helpful to you and your research.



Thanks Alberto!

Here's a new Eva Longoria print from an upcoming Mextasy show and the original, from ARENA magazine, that I have blogged about before.

Maria Montez! Muse of Jack Smith (Cobra Woman, Flaming Creatures) | The Guardian, UK

more arPAYASO, all the time.... Sheriff Joe's "HUMANITY"...

And Yet Another Chapter in the History of Maids in America: Por Favor Nanny Edition | New Posting by Austin, Texas Correspondent, Jaime Puente

I met some pretty remarkable graduate students, undergraduates, and professor on my recent tour of San Antonio College, UTSA, and UT Austin--one of those, a graduate student at the UT Center for Mexican American Studies is a new correspondent for the Textmex Galleryblog; here's his first dispatch on POR FAVOR NANNY!


Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2011 10:46:23 -0500
From: Jaime Puente <>
Subject: Por Favor Nanny: Because Your Nanny Should Never Speak Back

Hey Memo,

I met you last friday at your UT lecture and mentioned this story: Por Favor, Nanny: Houston Moms Teach You How to Tell Your Nanny to Wash Her Hands

Here are some thoughts I have about this....

I see things like this and my head begins to shake with believing disbelief. With a black president, a Latina on the Supreme Court, and other evidence "proving" the United States is living in a "post-racial" era, I don't want to believe people could be so unaware of the context of their actions that they would produce something called: Por Favor Nanny: Please Make Dinner. Yet, I live in Texas and the United States where we breed ignorance better than steers. How can I NOT believe it?

Of course there are some who say: "This isn't racist, it's a helpful guide for employers to communicate with their employees." But, this book and the accompanying website are not trying to foster better communication. I have not been able to read the book yet, but the title almost says it all. The Houston Press article also shows some of the phrases and statements they want to teach people who hire nannies (apparently all nannies speak Spanish):

Among the phrases translated:
-- Please bring me back the receipt. ( Por favor, traeme el recibo.)

-- How much did you spend? (¿Cuanto gasto?)

-- Please wash hands before preparing food. (Por favor, lavate las manos antes de preparar la comida.)

-- Please wash hands after... using the restroom, coughing or sneezing. (Por favor, lavate las manos después de... usar el baño, toser o estornudar.)

There is no mention anywhere on the website that there may be nannies out there who don't speak Spanish. The assumption here is that people who hire nannies only hire nannies that speak Spanish. That says something about the way the authors envision those working in the so called honorable profession. It doesn't take a genius to know that Chicanas and Latinas have been given this identity by a racialized power structure, and this book just makes that even more clear.

By producing a book that tells affluent non-Spanish speaking people how to command your Spanish speaking nanny to wash her hands after using the restroom the authors are reproducing the environment that give people (their children) the idea that women who speak Spanish (Latinas & Chicanas) are there to serve them - not communicate with them. If the authors wanted to foster better communication between employee and employer, they would have produced a book that speaks to the importance of the employer learning Spanish. They would have stressed the importance of being able to understand what the nanny says in response to all the commands to cook dinner, clean house, and take care of bratty children.

But, that's not the project here. The project is to make sure your Spanish speaking nanny can understand your commands while not being able to respond to you. I mean who wants an uppity Spanish-speaking nanny talking back anyway?

Jaime Rafael Puente
Graduate Student 
Center for Mexican American Studies
University of Texas at Austin
jrpuente AT utexas DOT edu

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Da Teacher's Accent Can't Leeve in Arizona.

photo: Joshua Lott for The New York Times
Joshua Lott for The New York Times.  Guadalupe V. Aguayo, a teacher in Phoenix, filed a complaint after being told that her accent would not allow her to teach students learning English.Thanks New York Times. Read the article Aqui

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