A friend sent me a link to a website titled “Stuff Educated Chicanos Like”. You can find the link here:
This website is meant as a tongue-in-cheek attempt at making fun of Chicanos/Latinos/Hispanics/Mexicas/Mexican Americans (see # 3 on website link). The website is a compiled list of witty (and yes, many times truthful) entries about behaviors that many of us, and our university-educated Latino friends do in an attempt to seem closer to the motherland.
One of my favorites on the list comes in at #4: “Conferences and Conventions”. Educated Chicanos, referred to as “ECH’s” love to attend National Conferences. “ECHs will go to meet other ECHs. Officially, it’s to ‘network.’ But really it’s about dressing up and going to the end of conference dance.” (For an example, see the NLLSA 2009 Conference picture below). Just kidding, I hear the annual National Latino Law Student Conference is a great networking event.
#16 is also good – “Making Tamales”. Educated Latinos love to pretend to make tamales by inviting all their friends for a “Tamale making party” and then take pictures of themselves in their sorry attempt at making tamales. There is a picture of three Latinas smiling at the camera, looking like they are having the best time at making tamales. The picture caption reads “ECH’s learning the oppressive art of tamale making”.
In an attempt to make this relevant to the legal profession (at least somewhat), I have compiled a special edition titled, “Stuff Latinos in Law School Like”
1. Making the lame pun “Tortas” for the word “Torts”
2. Celebrating anything with “tequila” shots
Celebrating the fact that you finished your memo with shots of “really good tequila” – when this tequila is really Patron or something similarly disgusting.
3. Explaining to fellow classmates what Critical Race Studies means
4. Latinas enjoy wearing heels on the day of their Final Exam
This is part of their strategy- the sound of their heels clicking on the floor serves as a mechanism to distract others from their exam and sabotage the curve. They don’t care if their walk is unsteady – that all-nighter spent studying was rough.
5. Wanting to involve a piñata for a Latino law student event
The idea of equipping blindfolded law students with a stick is always shot down by the Dean of Students.