Classic, Old-School OC Anti-Mexican Racism Moment of the Day!

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One of the reasons why I love writing historical-themed cover stories is that it gives me the excuse to look through years of microfilm of the county's old newspapers--not just the Orange County Register and Los Angeles Times, but the county's many long-gone dailies. Not only are they time capsules, but they are chockablock with bloggable treasures that still resonate to a modern-day audience--like the reprehensible caricature of a Mexican in an 1924 Fullerton Daily Tribune op-ed cartoon--which, of course, is after the jump.

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Keep on crossin'...
HILARIOUS! Special gracias to the gang over at Dissent the Blog for reverse-imaging my original copy, which was in glorious black-and-white....now, discuss how those who forget the past blah blah blah!


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A Mexican-American!!
A Mexican-American!!

I am in disbelief at how ignorant all you racist ppl are!!! No wonder USA is being taken over by the people YOU CALL COCKROACHES!!! When any nation in this messed up world is in trouble WE the USA is there not only financially but also giving our young men and women soldiers life (as my brother RIP served our country in Iraq). Mexicans do hell of alot more than contributing to the USA economy......We are honest hardworking people that stribe constantly in bettering ourselves.  Dont blame Mexicans for jumping over the border...perhaps if the USA WOULD STOP CONTRIBUTING W THE DRUG TRAFFICKING AND THE MEXICAN CARTELES GUN POWER; WE WOULD BE ABLE TO HAVE GOOD LIVING IN MEXICO.  The USA is the worlds #1 country fighting for Human Rights so why the hell are we not doing anything about the suffering of innocent people in MX?????  People are people no matter what race, color, gender or religion they are!! We all feel hurt and pain. We also want to be happy and live safe from harm!  Mexican people cant walk the streets to go to the market and buy food for their children without worring about getting killed by the Carteles that are now in control of the nation .Have some heart America!!! Mexicans are human beings as Iraqis, Jews, Chinese, Columbian..etc...... in regards to Mexican gangs in USA....get rid of the KKK before judging anyone.  Mexico now is in survival mode for our young people and children, for our seniors as well as our homemakers....Rather than acting like ignorant and immature americans calling races unethical names GET OUT THERE AND HELP THE USA BECOME A BETTER COUNTRY!! DIVERSITY IS WHAT MAKES AMERICA BEAUTIFUL.  IGNORANT PEOPLE LIKE YOU IS WHAT BRINGS US DOWN!!

American Patriot
American Patriot

Gustavo Arellano, you are a racist illegal alien f -ing lover. You should be deported along with nabama the other biggest racist this side of the moon!!! We The People of the U.S. A. want our immigration laws enforced and all illegals deported and they can take their MS13 gang banger with them!!!

Jerry
Jerry

jeff and mitch I bet you have some old pictures of your family you know the ones with your  grandma and grandpa wearing those kkk hooded mask.  

Daniel Heredia
Daniel Heredia

Let's see if we can find some against Whitey. Won't be hard to do. During the Depression, Whitey discriminated against their own when "Oakies" were coming or, trying to come to California to work.

Ihateusc
Ihateusc

dang.. who knew we were fighting them cockroaches from way back in 1924?  some things never change,  mexican peons are still trying to sneak over the border and they're still ignorant savages...gustavo, you must be so proud..lol

mitch young
mitch young

" which was in glorious black-and-white"

This is still in glorious black and white, capullo. 

What you mean is that the original was a negative (white *on* black), and now you have had it reversed to the back to the original, non photo-negative form.

An like Jeff said -- absolutely nothing wrong with this. Indeed, quite accurate.

909Jeff
909Jeff

like the reprehensible caricature of a Mexican...​HILARIOUS! 

So what is it reprehensible or hilarious?  

American patriot
American patriot

A Mexican-American,  Just go back to Mexico and fix your own damn country fool. They are a bunch of cockroaches that come here like leeches to get everything for free. We The People of America are tired of supporting your asses and all your f-ing anchor babies!!! We don't care if they come here, just do it legal, learn the language of this country, in case you don't know, thats English!!!! Become an American Citizen, instead of bringing Mexico with you!!! Out government give millions to Mexico to help out, (our tax dollars)!!! People in Mexico are to stupid to fix their own country so they want to come here and turn this country into a third world nation, NO THANKS Pendejo!!! We are being invaded from the south and We The people are not going to keep taking it sitting down, if our government don't get our illegal immigration under control soon, We The People will start taking care of the problem!!! If you think not, just wait an see, the time is coming that We U.S. Citizens are going to take a very strong stand against this problem!!! We here that are citizens are Americans first, and our nationality next...Like American Mexican, American black, WE are Americans and anyone can become one if they want to do it LEGAL!!! 

mitch young
mitch young

But that would dillute Klavitos Mexican-martyr narrative.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Why do you hate USC? didnt get in? 

mitch young
mitch young

Oops, misread Jeff's statement, so just speaking for myself. 

Ihateusc
Ihateusc

usc has standards for admission? i thought you could just buy your diploma in chicano studies?

use your brains einstein and figure it out yourself

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Jeff: You're better than this.Mitchie: Your color analysis is better suited to explaining those great Celtics teams of the 1960s, pendejo!

Ihateusc
Ihateusc

usnews is the only one that has that ranking... its because it bases a lot of it on self reports (private colleges and report anything they want) and graduate giving... go to any reputable ranking such as wall st journal or the worlds best universities and you can see usc is not even in the same conversation as ucla...

909Jeff
909Jeff

And it shows that UCLA has a 23% admission rate... A little off from your numbers.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Well U.S. News and World report Ranks USC higher than UCLA.   

Ihateusc
Ihateusc

yeah, right... thats what those morons say to themselves to justify paying 50 grand for an education on par with that of cal state l.a.  keep drinking that kool-aid,  even suc professors need to get paid!!!  btw, over 50,000 students applied for about 4000 spaces for ucla's freshman class..thats over 90% rejection rate.. if you weed out the losers in chicano/black/women/asian studies, that's still pretty impressive

909Jeff
909Jeff

Hey look I went to a Cal state... I'm assuming you went to a state school as well more than likely you're a baby bruin... 

One thing I learned in the business world, You're a Bruin for 4 years but a Trojan for a lifetime!

mitch young
mitch young

Rite-aid has better booze deals. Costco does has an excellent (though not cheap) vodka under the Kirkland brand.

mitch young
mitch young

Jeff, did you miss that day at sensitivity training?  It plays into the racist stereotype of Mexican men being 'macho' AND objectifies women.

909Jeff
909Jeff

2006... Your comic ran 88 years ago.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Um...Boondocks ended its run years ago.

Mitchie: Me, expensive bourbon? HA! The bottles I get from Costco are always cheaper than the tequila. Typical pendejo insight...

909Jeff
909Jeff

I did like the one with the woman walking by and the hat stands at "Attention" 

909Jeff
909Jeff

Like I wrote below I think its a product of the time... Are there people today that agree with the cartoon? Sure.  Just like there are people who agree with the content of The Boondocks, which from time to time gets pulled from the Sunday comics and is put into the editorial section of the paper. 

 I don't think you will see that cartoon published today though.   

mitch young
mitch young

I think Gustavo is deeply conflicted. 

If we go by SWPL criteria, he is whiter than I am. He drinks fancy bourbon, wears guayaberas and poindexter gafas just like every other 'Anglo' hipster urbanite, and is no doubt embarrassed that about 1/4 of 'Latinas' can't seem to make it thru high school without become embarazada. The way he resolve this conflict is by lashing out against mild slights of Mexicans from nearly a century ago -- but you know he laughing on the inside at the caricature of his more pocho co-ethnics. For him it is a two-fer , both an opportunity for righteous rage against long dead, 'reprehensible', American cartoonist and a hilarious put down of less fortunate paisanos.

909Jeff
909Jeff

I see that as a product of the time... Take for example the movie Gone With the Wind.  Probably revered as one of the greatest movies of all time... Afi has it as #6.  Its quite possibly the most racist thing I have ever seen!  But its funny to think, that was ok at the time!

909Jeff
909Jeff

Dude... levity, I'm only repeating what you wrote!

mitch young
mitch young

That's the 1980s -- Bird, McHale, Ainge, and yes DJ and Robert 'the Chief' Parrish too.

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