Notes from a Borderland

By DAVID KISH  |  May 5, 2010

This dance will continue with or without Arizona’s new law, because unlike the cultures of Wal-Mart and Wall Street, a cornerstone of Mexican culture is an immense patience. Those of Mexican heritage I know, some legal some illegal, are almost without exception honest, hard-working, humble, family-oriented people. They just happen to have been born in the barrio of North America, a land we hurt more than help with our drug lust and imbalanced trade agreements. The “values” our politicians glibly use as sound bites are the values most Mexicans actually live by. I believe our often shallow, asocial, and materialistic culture can stand to become more tempered by their presence.

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