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Friday, July 01, 2005

Mexican Stamp Needs Cancelling

Poor Mexico just doesn't get it. Vicente Fox stepped in it last month defending Mexican illegals working in the U.S. by claiming that they were willing to do the jobs in America that African Americans were no longer willing to do.

If that's not twisted enough logic and double reverse discrimination, now we get this stamp.

Or should I say, stamps. It's a collection that features a big-lipped darkskinned "caricatura" (that's Spanish for cartoon). The hapless "Memin Pinguin," as he is called, is a loveable street urchin whom the stamps picture hawking papers, riding a bicycle and even dressing up in a derby hat for a date with a pretty senorita.

He almost makes "little black Sambo" look like Denzel Washington.

Apparently Memin has been around for over 50 years, below the international radar, as we say, but Mexico decided he needed more exposure. He is to be some sort of "cultural ambassador" for our southern neighbor.

Bad move for the Mexican Post Office or Ministry of Culture or whoever was responsible for this.

One Mexican defender of the stamp points to "Speedy Gonzalez" as a harmless Mexican stereotype foisted upon the world by the gringos.

I don't know about you, but I never liked Speedy and his tequila-swilling rat-faced friends. I wasn't fond of Jerry of "Tom and Jerry" either. And I've always despised the Roadrunner.

I'm not sure what any of this symbolizes or what it stands for. But from what I see of Memin, I don't like him much at all.

What he probably needs is a good boost of self-esteem. Maybe he should run for President of Mexico.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4637943.stm

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