1. Why is Cinco de Mayo all about drinking Tequila and pretending to be Mexican (performing “brown-face”)?
  2. What is Cinco de Mayo?
  3. When was Cinco de Mayo introduced to the USA?
  4. For what reasons was Cinco de Mayo introduced to the USA?
  5. In what ways has white America appropriated Cinco de Mayo?
  6. Are there any parallels in which St. Patrick’s Day and Cinco de Mayo are celebrated in the USA by white Americans?

All these questions and more are discussed in this episode of The Racism 101 Podcast with  Azul Uribe, Dr. Darron Smith, and Miguel Barker-Valdez.

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Miguel, Azul, and Dr. Smith.



    Click on the following links to learn a little more about Cinco de Mayo and its history in the USA. Also see pictures of Benito Juarez, Emperor Maximilian,  Napoleon III. and a map of Mexico showing where Puebla, Mexico City and Vera Cruz are in relation to each other  Also we’ve embedded the video from MSNBC that has some huge racist problems with regards to Cinco de Mayo.

    From History.com
    White People doing Cinco de Mayo wrong
    About the Chicano Movement and the corporate monotization of Cinco de Mayo


    Benito Juárez

    Emperor Ferdinand Maximilian (Maximiliano in Spanish)

    Emperor Ferdinand Maximilian (Maximiliano in Spanish)


    Napoleon III

    Napoleon III





    Map showing Puebla, Mexico City, and Vera Cruz













    The shirt Miguel had made after chatting with Azul on this podcast episode.



    Azul is a binational (culturally) girl who currently resides in Merida, Mexico with her cat Chloe. Her work has been published in numerous other blogs, including Young Mormon Feminists, and she writes about re-assimilating , immigration and life in general over at www.happycosmopolite.wordpress.com. Her favorite Beatle is George Harrison and she hopes to someday be able to own a puppy.

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