Is 'Brown Pride' the Same as 'White Pride'?

And are there Mexican Jews?

Is 'Brown Pride' the Same as 'White Pride'?
Mark Dancey

Dear Mexican: What happened to my friend? She is white (Irish—her only aunt was a Catholic nun!), she grew up in Pico Rivera (so most people think she is Mexican with green eyes), she is converting to Judaism, and guess what? All she meets are Mexicans! And all she likes are Mexican men—in fact, the Mexican janitor at the temple she goes to asked for her number. When she first attended her temple, she called me, and guess what? She met Mexican men trying to find their Jewish roots. Now that she is becoming a Jew, she meets more Mexican men. What’s going on? Do I have to become Jewish to find a Mexican husband? —Her Friend Who Will Not Convert

Dear Wabette: Guess what? There are Mexican Jews! Have been since the Conquest, which saw more than a few conversos (Jews who converted to the Catholic faith after Ferdinand and Isabella banned Judaism and Islam from the Iberian peninsula in 1492 under penalty of death) come over to the New World and take out their existential angst on the indigenous. After that, they laid low for a couple of centuries, practicing their religious roots in privacy and as far away from prying Catholic eyes as possible (a couple thousand conversos ended up in New Mexico, where some maintain Jewish practices to this day—take THAT, proponents of Hispano purity!). This hidden history (and Muslims took the same path as their fellow Abrahamic brothers, although we call them Moriscos) has sparked interest among some Mexicans to research their ancestry, which might be why your gal is all of a sudden getting such interest from hombres. Because whether we’re Jew or Muslim, Catholic or Mormon, nothing inflames a Mexican man’s heart like a cute, devout gabachita.

Some time ago, Cain Velasquez won the Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight title. Not long after, I heard a lot of people saying that his “Brown Pride” tattoo across his chest is racist, and that if any white person were to have a “White Pride” or “White Power” tattoo, everyone would be quick to label them a racist. What’s your take on this? —More Marvelous Ass-Kicking

Dear MMA: You hear this a lot from skinheads—that Mexis proclaiming “Brown Pride” is just like them pushing white pride, so why is it okay for mestizos to be proud of their race but not Whites? That twisted logic shows how pendejos those skins are. The more accurate corollary to brown pride would be the Black Power or Yellow Power movements of the 1960s from which Brown Power emerged. That era saw historically oppressed minorities try to instil a sense of orgullo in themselves, try to deprogram centuries of gabacho thought and laws that maintained minorities should be ashamed of who they are. More important, though, brown pride in its most-common manifestation hasn’t been used to preach race supremacy or to terrorize minorities ala the proponents of white pride. Can gabachos be proud of their roots? Damn straight—celebrate your mick or wop or honky ancestry, gabachos, but given that the definition of “white” continuously changes in this country (the Irish once weren’t; Mexis once were), anyone boasting of “White Pride” is as deluded as a, well, a skinhead.

GOOD MEXICAN OF THE WEEK: Books like Huichol Territory and the Mexican Nation: Indigenous Ritual, Land Conflict, and Sovereignty by Paul M. Liffman are welcome, necessary reminders that Indians in Mexico still must fight for respect, their ancestral lands, and the eradication of traditions. Liffman commits the academic sin of relying too much on the works of others to validate his points, but Huichol Territory nevertheless stands as an important document of how fucked-up the Mexican government is—and how the Conquest continues. Well-written, too, and encyclopedic.

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Kanaloa87
Kanaloa87

Sorry, odd system of posting on here...

I just think that your point about "brown pride" would be better received if you didn't use words like "mick," "wop," and "honky."

I assume if someone responded to you using a similarly disrespectful word for a Hispanic/Latino you would not take them for an intelligent person.

I am a white immigrant to this country, not a racist or skinhead, and actually was curious about the connotations of "Brown Pride," because it does seem inherently racist to someone who does not understand the genesis of the term. And since it has been co-opted by a violent, no-doubt racist, gang I would think it should be used cautiously. As you point out about the meaning of "white," the meanings of words and phrases change with time.

I was at a bar in Manhattan recently when a beautiful "brown" (perhaps Indian, I didn't ask) girl made eyes with me and came to talk I felt quite lucky, but after a few sentences of hearing my accent she stopped me and asked, "Are you white or Russian?" My answer did not please her and she left, as I shook my head in dis-belief.

Anyway, I'm not trying to give you a hard time, but I guess I just have alot to learn about race relations in America and was somewhat surprised by your use of racist terms for white people.

Kanaloa87
Kanaloa87

So "Brown Pride" is so different from

Cindyz
Cindyz

This pride that pride is all the same bullshit that top level gang bangers use to pump up lower level gang bangers into thinking that the lawless, heartless, hurtful, harmful, vicious, malicious, acts they are doing are ok because they are doing them for their race. That IS a fact. There is another very true fact that I wish young gang bangers and young wanna bes should know. All of the gang so called soldiers are nothing more than punks that do the dirty work of the shot callers that do not want to get their hands dirty or thier finger prints on anything that could possibly send them to jail. They have plenty of punks to do that for them and more lined up at age 8 and 9 ready to step up and do whatever for which ever "Color Pride".

When a lower level gang member goes to prison to spend probably the rest of his life in prison away from his family, the so-called-gang family is no where to be found. They do not write them. They damn sure do not want to go see them in prison because you don't just walk into a prison to visit someone. You have to apply to see an inmate in most prisons and they do want to be seen or known for visiting a validated gang member in prison! If you think I am wrong, make a few calls or check the prison website. The information is there. In some cases, it may take months for an inmates blood relative to get permission to visit if they ever do if that relative has ever been in ANY trouble. The prison looks at it as once a trouble maker always a trouble maker. The prison does not want to deal with trouble makers so they will just deny you! Hope it is not your brother sittin in prison that you may NEVER see again!

When a lower level gang member or punk goes to jail and was was maybe giving some of the money they earned selling drugs or stealing cars made them and then that monry stops going to the family does any of the gang members check with the families to see how they are doing without their loved ones? Hell no! They could care less. They are too busy worried about whose house they were planning a drive by on or how many kilos of cocaine they think they can sell now until they replace the dumbass that is now in prison because they busted selling coke.

If all these people had so much "Color Pride" they would stop all the negative nonsense against their fellow man no matter what the color of their skin is, quit being a follower and have pride in who they are as a person. Make their race proud by actually doing something with good with their life instead of stabbing others in the back or shooting someone in the head because they were told too! Stop having pride in some gang that uses you, abuses you, makes you chose the gang over your blood family, and makes you submit to their will, rules, and lawlessness. Stand tall, be a man or a woman that is a model citizen and that your family is proud of you before it is to late! We are all human! The human RACE! But with all the racism, we may as well be aliens! I do not care if you are a white supremisist, a skin head, a member of a black gang or a hispanic gang, It all needs to stop. You are hurting innocent people! For NOTHING! You are no better than anyone else whatever their color. You make think different, but I guarentee the WORLD knows different! With all the violenence gangs have inflicted on innocent people, I hate to say this but the world would all be better off if we took you all in the streets and opened fire and left no one standing! I see in the very near future people are going to get fed up with the militant style violence that gangs cause. They are the same as terriosts! Soon the general public will begin to treat them as such! I can't wait for the day!

Niggaplease
Niggaplease

Nigga please...X 2,000,000 on the train

Lakesha Jackson
Lakesha Jackson

this all sounds racist to me! white folks cant stand that black people got all the power now and they keep disrespcting presidient obama and his wife and kids cuz i know they hate the fact that the fact that they cant tell other folks what to do anymore!

Cindyz
Cindyz

I wish you knew how stupid you sound! White people have all the power? No!Black people have all the power? NO!

No one race has all the power!

But you are SERIOUSLY in denial if you think black people were the only ones that voted to put him in office. WRONG! You do not sound very intelligent!

You need to research excately how our system works. Start with looking up the electorial college. That is the best place to start!

 
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