‘Ask A Mexican’ Author Gustavo Arellano: ‘For Me, To Be Mexican is What My Parents Taught Me’

It doesn’t need to be Hispanic Heritage Month for Gustavo Arellano to answer your questions about Mexican culture.

By Laura RiceSeptember 17, 2015 1:55 pm,

Sometime between 2002 and 2004, Texas became a majority-minority state, where whites make up less than 50 percent of the population.

According to the latest projections, by 2044, Texas will be majority Hispanic.

Take a look at the language here: Latino refers to geography, specifically to Latin America.

Hispanic is more about language and though both terms are often used haphazardly, today is not the start of Latino Heritage Month, but the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Writer and author Gustavo Arellano writes a newspaper column with the decidedly un-politically correct title “Ask a Mexican.”

“It’s everything from the serious to the racist, to the obscure, to just laughable,” Arellano says about the kinds of questions he receives.

But is Arellano opening the door to culturally insensitive questions?

“It originally started like that,” he says. “It was a way to confront, debunk and deconstruct stereotypes and misconceptions people have had over 150 years, but it’s been a great way to have conversations about minorities.”