That Other Shoe

22 05 2017

Your Blogmeister’s Desk

Gustavo Arellano, writing for Ron Unz’s “Ask a Mexican” column:

Why Don’t More Latinos Live in St. Louis?

Dear Mexican: There are less than 3% Latinos in the St. Louis area, and less than 4% of St. Louisans are immigrants. This is very, very, low, and it actually makes St. Louis look pretty bad. Why does everyone here feel like they have a say in the illegal immigration discussion?

Gaga for Gibson

Dear Gabacho: It gets worse than what you wrote. Out of the 25 biggest metropolitan areas in the United States, St. Louis is the only one with a Latino population than five percent—and the latest info from the American Community Survey clocks in the Gateway City at a whopping 2.9 percent. I could fit more Mexicans in the cab of my ’79 Ford Ranger than there are in St. Louis. The easy answer is to presume that the city is muy racist, but it’s also home to the largest Bosnian Serb population in the world outside of the Balkans—and most are Muslims. But it’s easier than that: St. Louis is just a bit over four hours away from Chicago, the ciudad with the second-largest Mexican community in the United States after Chicago, a community with roots that go back nearly 125 years. Nothing against the Lou, but why would Mexicans stay in the Jalostotitlán of the Midwest when they can move to the Jerez?

It’s not even that hard.

Immigrants go where the prosperity is, in order to get a piece of it.  St. Louis just isn’t that prosperous these days.

Few Latinos.  But, as we are all painfully aware, there’s a cost.  The other shoe (Air Jordan?) always drops.





One response

22 05 2017

Maybe too many ghetto blacks per capita in St. Louis compared to Chicago and Kansas City?

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