Yanez V Rios in The Broader Context ( a battle for heritage) Editorial by Esteban Erik Stipnieks
In Texas a Road exists the journey up this road and the migration along this road is a saga little different than any immigrant tale except in both time and place. The immigration occurred within the state of Texas and immigration occurred after World War II. Two hours on the road can make a huge difference.
San Antonio and points southward date western civilization to before Boston....the Espada aqueduct mission San Jose are all older than some Boston landmarks....they of themselves represent the farthest point northward of real solid Spanish settlement. Geographically the Texas Hill country provided a host issues that could only later be conquered. Spanish life and later Mexican life was harsh and brutal on the frontier. The term Norteno has the connotation of redneck uncouth uncivilized. In reality its hard working...tough it survived south Texas drought, hurricanes, and made civilization precariously perched on the costal plains of South Texas. It does not brag it acts....it copes survival for decades was a victory. Even high class descendants of court jews valued hard work. Blowhards were not liked. Joseph Rios is many ways an heir to this distinctly Tejano or Norteno heritage. Mike Rios his father is the same character propelled Latinos into upper and upper middle class society in New Braunfels...capable of great humor also living quite faithfully to a code of conduct and a code of honor. This is the voice of tradition born on the frontier respecting its past actions not deeds respect given. A man who worked his butt off and did a good job was respected others spoke about him. Real men did not brag. When Jorge Paez was making his way a group Tejano high school students in the San Antonio area mocked him and ridiculed him for being a show off.
Going up I thirty five north Austin one starts entering a different world. The DFW metroplex in sixties was dominated by whites. Fito Tamez and his cohorts were the first of another generation in this wild frontier of Anglos. They perched one culture soon eclipsed by others. Not immigrants from South Texas but immigrants from Mexico. As one said about the later migration around 1983 when I go into Dallas I feel I am going into Mexico. Her husband had fought a lawsuit allowing one of their eldest daughters to be the first Mexican girl on the South Grand Prairie high dance team. There is some separation between those who drove up from South Texas and those who came later from Mexico. Those from Mexico have benefitted from at times the legal work done by proud South Texans. Many of the descendants of those families from South Texas have moved up. In 1991 a Tejana from Alice placed a flag in the city where she went to college. In this all the nortenos and nortenas are accused of becoming gringo oh so gringo gringo by those who followed. Luis Yanez in his flamboyance and aggressiveness is not the voice of frontier but the voice of Mexico that changed after 1845. He reflects a stronger co mingling of what has emerged as African American culture....(really a descendant of low class Scottish highlands culture)
March 24, La Villitia the rivalry reignites on the main event. The Frontier of Tejas versus attitude of DFW metroplex. It is very much a culture clash. The frontier its code its values represented by Joseph Rios....the style and aggressiveness of North Texas Latinos.....represented by Luis Yanez.....
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