Recently The Bee gave front-page copy to a couple of starry-eyed young Mexican-American ladies ogling over the San Francisco Giants world series trophies.
The shame is, what these young ladies don’t know, through sheer ignorance and blinders, are facts. Italians and Irish in the Bay Area, a dominant ethnic demographic, gradually solidified social and political power in the past century through intentional and guarded accepting of Hispanic assimilation and extreme prejudice toward Mexican-Americans and our culture. The southern part of the state, namely Los Angeles, readily reflected our Hispanic cultural traditions.
It was serendipitous when a sociopolitical study I made working toward a degree in political science, I found that Fernando Valenzuela appeared in the baseball major leagues only because the Los Angeles Dodgers was the only team that scouted in Mexico for major league players.
This begged the obvious. Why not the Giants? The answer was revealed like the proverbial peeling back the layers of the onion and finding the best-kept secret and conclusion about the Giants. They refused to scout Mexico.
Never miss a local story.
I suggest Mexican-Americans educate themselves.
Jess Sanchez Barroso