Our new cultural awareness columnist, Gustavo Arellano, aka "The Mexican," had an op-ed published recently in the L.A. Times, wherein he defends the right of American-born Latinos to speak pigeon Spanish. Here's a critical excerpt:
"It's troubling to know that some people actually get upset when a U.S.-born-and-bred Latino isn't fully fluent in Spanish. And it seems the vast majority of haters are Latinos (gabachos are too clueless to take notice). Immigrant parents admonish their children because they don't hablar español so well anymore; pochos love to harass one another on their Spanish deficiencies. Latinos beat one another like linguistic piñatas. It's all a waste of time. Really, what can Spanish mastery gain you in this country except the ability to speak with other Latinos and to use the word 'mother' to curse in baroque ways?"