Q. Dear Mexican: We were in a restaurant the other day eating some refried beans and green chili, when I overheard some gringos in the next booth making fun of Mexicans. One thing they said which really made me mad was, "Why do Mexicans REFRY their beans? Stupid Mexicans! Don't they know they already fried them once? Why do they have to fry them again?" Then they all started laughing really loud. I got up to tell them off, but then I just stood there frozen and felt like a stupid Mexican because I couldn't think of an answer to shut them up. It made me sad and ashamed to be a Mexican. As we walked out, I couldn't even answer my five-year-old daughter's question: "Daddy, why are those men laughing at us?" And now, I still hear their laughter every night in my dreams. Please, give me a good reason why Mexicans refry their beans so I can have some ammunition... More >>>