Gene Pompa - Mexican Americans

  • Season 8 , Ep 17
  • 03/25/2004
  • Views: 3,341

Don't call Mexicans white or brown -- they're taupe. (3:06)

Gene Pompa: HI.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE CONTINUE]

THANK YOU, NEW YORK!

THANK YOU FOLKS.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

BEFORE I GET STARTED I WANNA

TELL YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT

MYSELF.

MY NAME IS GENE POMPA.

IN SPANISH IT'S PRONOUNCED

POMPA.

[LAUGHTER]

I'M NOT SPANISH.

I'M MEXICAN-AMERICAN.

I'M AN OLD SCHOOL, HARDCORE,

LATINO POLITICAL ACTIVIST.

FOR INSTANCE, I STILL WON'T EAT

GRAPES BECAUSE--

[WHISTLES]

THAT'S RIGHT BECAUSE THE PLIGHT

OF THE MIGRANT FARM WORKERS.

AND I ALSO WON'T EAT RAISINS

BECAUSE OF THE OLDER MIGRANT

FARM WORKERS.

[LAUGHTER]

THAT'S HOW HARDCORE I AM.

I ALSO WON'T EAT PRUNES.

THAT'S FOR A COMPLETELY

DIFFERENT REASON.

[LAUGHTER]

ALTHOUGH ONCE I DID GO [BLEEP]

ON AN 80-YEAR-OLD.

[LAUGHTER]

I THINK HE WAS 80.

[LAUGHTER CONTINUES]

IT'S HARD TO TELL AT THAT AGE.

THAT'S ALL I'M SAYING.

WHEN I WAS A YOUNGER MAN I HAD

THIS UNCLE IN EAST L.A.

HE WAS THIS MILITANT CHICANO.

YOU KNOW HE STILL FANCIES

HIMSELF A BROWN BERET.

AND BEFORE I STARTED SCHOOL HE

WANTED TO INDOCTRINATE ME WITH

ALL HIS POLITICAL IDEALS.

SO HE TELLS ME, "MIJO, WHAT ARE

YOU GONNA SAY THE FIRST DAY OF

SCHOOL WHEN THE TEACHER ASKS

YOU TO STAND UP AND INTRODUCE

WHO ARE YOU?"

AND I SAID, "I'M GONNA SAY,

'EH, EVERYBODY, MY NAME IS

GENE-- EVERYBODY.'"

[LAUGHTER]

HE GOES, "NO.

YOU GOTTA SAY, 'MY NAME IS

GENE POMPA.

I AM MEXICAN-AMERICAN BUT I AM

CHICANO TO THE BONE.'"

I SAID, "OKAY, YOU KNOW,

HOPEFULLY I'LL REMEMBER THAT."

[LAUGHTER]

SO LIKE THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

THE TEACHER CALLS ON ME.

I SAID, "YEAH, MY NAME IS

GENE POMPA.

I'M MEXICAN-AMERICAN.

I'M A CHICANO WHO'LL GIVE YOU

THE BONE."

[LAUGHTER]

AND THEY GAVE ME TWO WEEKS OFF.

THEY WERE REALLY NICE AT THE

UNIVERSITY.

[LAUGHTER CONTINUES]

PEOPLE WILL COME UP TO ME.

THEY'LL GO, "GOSH, GENE,

YOU DON'T LOOK MEXICAN.

YOU LOOK KIND OF WHITE."

I SAID, "HEY, MAN, SOME MEXICANS

ARE KIND OF WHITE AND SOME

MEXICANS ARE KIND OF BROWN.

OKAY, MOM?"

[LAUGHTER]

"WHY DON'T YOU BACK OFF A LITTLE

THERE, COCHINA"

THEY'RE ALWAYS TRYING TO

CATEGORIZE US.

FOR A LONG TIME THEY CALLED US

CHICANOS AND LATINOS AND

HISPANICS.

BUT ON BEHALF OF MY HISPANIC

BROTHERS AND SISTERS, I DON'T

THINK WE SHOULD BE REFERRED TO

AS BROWN OR WHITE ANYMORE.

WE SHOULD BE CALLED TAUPE.

WE COULD BE THE TAUPES 'CAUSE

TAUPE, THAT GOES WITH

EVERYTHING.

[LAUGHTER]

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