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Photos courtesy Wikipedia | Menudo: Luiishuerta / Quiche: Ghouston

Op-Ed: Too White or Not White Enough?

You know I love me a good knock-down, drag-out political fight. I watch El Paso City Council meetings, I get on my soap box about bonehead moves that our local elected officials make.

I don’t mind a little mud slinging with my politics, but I’m getting sick and tired of the ‘too Mexican/not Mexican enough’ nonsense that seems to be the overriding theme of El Paso politics lately.

Jaime Abeytia, who writes The Lion Star Blog, wrote a blog about Dori Fenenbock holding a menudazo for Lower Valley voters.

Fenenbock is running against former El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar and Norma Chavez for Beto O’Rourke’s congressional seat. Only one of the three women isn’t Hispanic. Guess which one.

Abeytia got an invitation to the event and wondered if Fenenbock had any brown friends who told her that it might be a bad idea to hold such an event in the Lower Valley because, well, you know, Fenenbock ain’t from around there.

Abeytia likened the menudazo to the kind of pachangas that Chavez used to hold. Chavez would offer free tacos and beer to voters in the Lower Valley then drivers would take them to the polls where they would, presumably, vote for the candidate who supplied the free eats and drinks.

Personally, I don’t plan on voting for Fenenbock, but the fact that she is having an event to meet voters in the Lower Valley and serving menudo doesn’t bother me. What bothers me is Abeytia giving her crap for doing so.

I’ve got questions for Abeytia:

1. What would you have said if Fenenbock held a quiche brunch in the Lower Valley? You would have given her crap for her Anglo-ness and said she was tone deaf for not serving something that people in the Lower Valley would want to eat.

2. Why do you assume that because she is serving menudo that she is pandering? Maybe she likes menudo. Maybe she knows that there is nothing better on a cold El Paso day than a bowl of menudo. Maybe she has embraced the culture in El Paso and is trying to fit in.

3. Why is it pandering in the first place? If Fenenbock didn’t try to embrace the culture, you would have skewered her for it. If she does by holding a menudazo, she gets crap for being a white girl holding a menudazo.

You can’t have it both ways, Jaime. Either you want elected officials to embrace the culture and the people of El Paso, or you don’t want elected officials who aren’t Hispanic to try and become a part of our city.

Decide which one, but please stop being as bigoted and tone deaf as you insist on calling Anglo candidates who are running for office in El Paso.

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  1. You could never be as BIGOTED as Mikey aka Mad Mike 272 who mostly comments on the KVIA commenting forum, a pure racist White Nationalist Supremacist.But he also likes to post comments here on the El Paso Herald Post,usually criticizing democrats like Congressman Beto O’Rourke.
    Now by Fenenbock serving menudo to would be voters in the Lower Valley,there is nothing wrong with that.Surely there will be some Muertos De Hambre aka FREE LOADERS! taking her up,but also depends on the menudo and who makes it and if they know how to make it.
    To me she is a republican disguising to be a democrat since many out of town republican contributors have donated to her campaign for U.S. congress. NO STEREOTYPING! just being suspicious,very suspicious.???
    Veronica Escobar is El Paso’s best choice for Beto O’Rourke’s seat when he leaves congress and hopefully Beto can unseat that Canadian Weasel PO CAT, Ted Cruz for the U.S. Senate.
    Ted Cruz don’t need that senate seat now that he has giving himself and his rich buddies a HUGE TAX CUT! and Texas voters must never forget or forgive him for that.
    Now back to that KVIA Commenting Forum! there is nothing but right wing republicans commenting there,they dominate that forum and they won’t allow any democrats or liberals to post our comments.
    As soon as we do, our comments get deleted which to me is a violation of Freedom of Speech.
    You would think that, that kind of racist garbage don’t exist in El Paso,the ACLU should look in to it and I just might tip them off for the hell of it.
    As for Norma Chavez for congress, CHALE, NO VALE!