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Charreria – Mexikansk rodeokultur i Kalifornien

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Sam Quinones i Los Angeles Times har en bra artikel om mexikansk rodeokultur i södra kalifornien


In the last few years, Southern California has emerged as a center of traditional Mexican rodeo. Leading Mexican American businessmen are sponsoring charro teams and building rodeo arenas. Three trick-roping schools have opened. The number of officially recognized charro teams has nearly doubled, to 65.

California now ranks fourth in the world in the number of sanctioned teams, behind the Mexican states of Jalisco, Hidalgo and the state of Mexico. Most of California’s riders are Mexican Americans carrying on a tradition brought here by their immigrant parents.

In 2002, the three best Mexican rodeo teams came to Los Angeles and were whipped by upstart U.S.-born charros.

In El Monte and Pico Rivera, in Sylmar, San Fernando, and in parts of Chino, there are communities of rodeo devotees. Mira Loma (pop. 17,000) in Riverside County is inhabited mostly by immigrants from Jalisco and Zacatecas and now has six charro teams. Riders tie up their horses and sit down to eat at Enrique’s Seafood, a charro hangout.

A bidding war for the best quarter-horses erupted, doubling the prices over the last five years to as much as $15,000.

The growing popularity of charreria, and the increased political sophistication of Mexican Americans, was evident in their response to a 2002 proposal to outlaw bull-tailing, a rodeo event in which charros pull a running bull to the ground by the tail.

Years before, the state Senate had banned horse-tripping, part of another charreria event. Charros went to Sacramento, dressed in traditional riding outfits. Their representative spoke broken English. They knew no one at the state Capitol. Only two senators voted against the ban on horse-tripping, and the practice remains illegal in California.

En fascinerande illustration av det polariserade USA

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www.orgnet.nethar en fascinerande karta över det delade USA. Bushs väntade storseger i valet i november, som faktiskt skulle kunna bli ännu större än de tio procent han kanske ligga före just idag, kommer att krympa den liberala delen av det delade USA och ge de kristna fundamentalisterna vind i seglen. Om Bush vinner en stor nog majoritet i kongressen så kommer han att kunna genomföra en social revolution i USA utan like sedan Franklin D Roosevelt. Fast medan Roosevelts revolution var liberal och framåtblickande kommer detta att bli en kontrarevolution.

Som Bush-regeringen har visat i Irak så är man utomordentligt ambitiös. Med en stor nog republikansk majoritet i kongressen och i Högsta Domstolen så kan USA komma att fundamentalt förändras.

Vad nätverket visar är hur polariserat USA är genom vilka böcker de läser. Demokrater till vänster och republikaner till höger. Böckerna som båda parter läser, i mitten, är försvinnande få.