Watch A Tejano Explain What It Means To Be A Mexican Man In Texas
By day, Zachary Caballero might be a law student at the Houston College of Law, but by night, he is a spoken word poet spitting some serious fire. During the Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival, Cabarello came out strong, sharing the experiences of being a Mexican man in Texas. Though, tbh, this is how many Latinos are seen in the U.S.
Poet Zachary Caballero starts his spoken word with a strong message.Credit: Write About Now / YouTube
Then he points out what parts of Mexican he thinks Texans truly value.Credit: Write About Now / YouTube
According to Caballero’s poem, Texans have a love affair with Mexican food and consume it with a passion but that’s where it stops.
“For the last few years, more people in America have eaten more tortillas than bread,” says Caballero.Credit: Write About Now / YouTube
“If only America loved my skin as much as they did the food that Texas uses to be Mexican,” Caballero says.
Rather than using real Mexican food, Texans have created the Tex-Mex fusion as an “ethnic” food they can be comfortable with.Credit: Write About Now / YouTube
“See, Tex-Mex isn’t really Mexican food,” Caballero validly claims. “It is a perversion; a vision of Mexico we can all get used to.”
But when serious issues impact the Mexican-American community, like the kidnapping of 43 students in Ayotzinapa, there is a blind spot for many Americans.Credit: Write About Now / YouTube
Watch Zachary Caballero’s full poem below!
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