About Chicano Channel Magazine
Welcome to ChicanoChannel.com, where original and adopted Chicanos (persons who are approved to be Chicanos based on their attitude toward life) and anyone else can find articles on varying subjects, check the calendar for cool events, look at Chicano art, or get involved in our blog. This website is intended to deliver news and entertainment of particular interest to Chicanos. Our blogs are home to discussions on sensitive subjects that not all Chicanos will agree on, (hell, not even all Chicanos agree to be called “Chicano”), but discussion on these topics is incredibly important. To us, a Chicano is a U.S. Born Mexican, otherwise known as a Mexican-American. Some people consider themselves Chicanos because they were raised as Chicanos. Often these people are more inspired to use and wear the term “Chicano” than other Mexican-Americans. They are our Adopted Chicanos. The typical Chicano grows up as a US citizen though often does not feel that he or she stands on equal footing with other U.S. citizens. Sure, the brothers had their issues and problems within society, many of which we have in common with them, however, Chicanos typically have an additional issue. We Chicanos have stood in the face adversity as we are not Gringos and we are not Mexicans. There is a very real issue in not “fitting in.” For so many of us, we felt the Gringo system pushing us to dress and act more like them. Students in public schools have even been suspended for speaking Spanish or dressing “too Mexican.” This treatment calls for Chicanos to reject their Mexican heritage. Because of this, many of us have started hating the Spanish language or manner of dress and behavior having been punished for speaking or looking like that. Pulling the opposite way, we knew the Mexicans described us as lazy and spoiled. Even when you could write off their attitude as jealousy for being born here, it still was hurtful. We did not fit in with them or the Gringo system. To this day, many Chicanos (or whatever they prefer to call themselves), consider themselves white, though as it is said, they have a cactus plant tattooed on their foreheads. This is not necessarily their fault though. They have responded to a system that punished their diversity. It is likely they got along better within society and perhaps went further in their studies and careers because they assimilated so completely. It is not too late for them to come back and still be considered Chicanos. Our relationship with the Mexicans has also gotten better. I believe one reason for this is Chicanos realized that the “white wash” occurring at our schools and other places has some political meaning as well. It is possible that actions to prevent identification with our heritage was intended for the Chicanos here in American to never feel close to their Mexican heritage. To this end, when a Chicano becomes Governor of Texas or President of the United States then the Chicano population would not have any special empathy for them. I believe once Chicanos realized that part of that mistreatment was political in nature, we also realized how important the relationship is with people of our own ancestry. Mexicans have also realized that we are not lazy and that in the future they may benefit from a good relationship with Chicanos. It was bound to happen since we generally can all trace our lineage southwards on the map whether it is through our parents, grandparents, or great grandparents to where we originally came from.