New “trash” comics have taken over in Mexico, as discussed in this issue of The Imp (the cover gives you an idea of these comics’ subject matter). While arguably not as disturbing as certain Japanese manga, these comics still give an indication of a fairly unhealthy civic society (as if the drug murder epidemic wasn’t indication enough). This kinda dovetails with my notion that Mexico’s collapsing because the good Mexicans fled here, leaving the nacos behind to take over.
If you are on the street in Mexico City somewhere in your field of vision is at least one of these comics. They are racked at every newspaper stand, spread-eagled atop toilet tank lids, and peeking out of passersby’s pockets….It is tempting to name them after the type of guy who reads them. This guy is generally called a naco. Naco is a slur best translated as white trash mixed with a little bit of ni**er. It is not to be confused with mestizo. …If you have both Indian and European blood you are mestizo. You are “mixed.” …If you are mestizo you are probably poor and you are not alone. People like you make up 70 to 80 percent of the Mexican population. The mestizo is the quintessential Mexican, and being mestizo is something to be proud of. But a naco is not supposed to have pride. A naco is a new kind of mestizo, an urban mestizo who has no hope, no taste, and most important, no class. …The naco is imagined to be ugly, uneducated, and addicted to sniffing flammable solvents. He is supposed to rob you, rape your wife, and slit your throat just for hyena laughs. You will know him by his death metal tee shirt and his soccer rocker haircut. You will recognize him immediately because he is an Americanized Mexican, a hybrid both countries can hate equally.
…The lurking naco is the reason every middle-class home in Mexico City bristles with barbed wire and glass spikes. Nobody trusts the naco. If you are a naco, you are chingada. You are fucked. And because you’re already fucked, you figure, Fuck it. Fuck everybody. Fuck everything. Apparently, this is the naco philosophy …[and]… the philosophy behind these comics.
Don’t bother to read the whole thing, but skimming it’s well worth your time, if only for the wide variety of basura comics covers therein. Bolded emphasis in the quote above is mine.