Jose, Can You See? / Kryptonite Speedo

Recently, many have voiced their pleasure/displeasure/excitement/dismay over developments in the Illinois State General Assembly regarding bill SB1557 which would amend the school code in Illinois effective January 1, 2010 and require
every public elementary school and high school to include in its curriculum a unit of instruction studying the events related to the forceful removal and illegal deportation of almost 2,000,000 Mexican-American U.S. citizens during the Great Depression, beginning in 1929 and ending in the mid-1940's.
Introduced by Illinois Senator William Delgado, the bill is a disastrous and short-sighted change, and El Guapo is jumping in his loyal lowrider, Rosinante, throwing on his swankiest hairnet, opening the top two buttons on his most elegant guayabera (two open buttons means business, my friend), nestling his best gold medallion comfortably into his copious chest hair, and heading down to Springfield to put an end to the madness.

“But, Guapo,” you say, “what problem could there possibly be with what is surely an attempt to address a significant missing chapter of the nation’s history? How could this be anything but positive, nay, necessary? If anything, it has been a long time coming.”

For the simple-minded it would appear this way. If you are this brainless, perhaps you’d prefer to stop reading now and go back to eating paint chips or whatever it is you do. But, of course, you can count on El Guapo to shake up paradigms and poke topics from every conceivable perspective (and even some perspectives that are not conceivable). Let’s proceed.

Frijoleros, let us explore some basic logic:
  • First, invisibility is a trait that is desirable. This is indisputable. Every human on the planet has at one point or another pondered the endless possibilities that come with being invisible. It is the stuff of comic book superheroes.
  • Second, Latinos have been blessed with being virtually invisible in many facets of society.
So, clearly, any pendejo can see that U.S. Latinos are as a result, in many respects, superheroes. But some would ruin this for the rest of us by wanting us scribbled into the margins of a history book. It’s like Superman voluntarily wearing a Kryptonite Speedo…


  1. Ay! Two buttons on your guyabera undone? This is DEFCON1. Gabachos beware!

  2. Hi Jose,

    I am agree with you regarding that Latinos had been virtually invisible in many facets of our society. You naming politics distressed and streessed(a few but apart each other), Superior court, Judicial System, and when some hispanics or latinos has been murder as a hate crime and politician remained silence.
    I had been exposed several issues were we are clearly do not have any representation and this bill won't change anything. on 1997 Hilda Solis introduced a bill about the Mexican American repatriation with a result just an apology and more raids from ICE.

  3. But when you're invisible, you can pick up someone's glass of water and walk it around the room and really freak them out....Why would anyone want to be seen and respected? I'll take superpowers, without hesitation.


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