Isa kept both me and Alfred from working on our papers. We felt bad for her because her boyfriend got sick or something and her plans for the evening fell through. I understand, I felt pretty bad after the game1 too, but then Alfred and I got some chai latté’s and Thai food. I conveniently blocked out any knowledge of a football game and concentrated more on being warm.
Rather than go out, Isa, Alfred and I stayed in and played the 90’s Time Capsule Edition of Trivial Pursuit. Isa bought the game a while back, but we’ve only played once. We’re rather competitive, and in that game the ugly side of our competitiveness manifests itself. Isa kept threatening to hit me because I was answering more questions correctly (and probably gloating about it). I threatened to kick Isa out of the apartment since she isn’t technically on the lease. I can’t determine whether our meanness was just a side-effect of our mini rivalry or the alcohol, but it wasn’t good.
Last night, Alfred kinda cheated and he and Isa teamed up to help each other out so I wouldn’t win. Still, there were no fights or nasty competitiveness. However, Trivial Pursuit still left a bad taste in my mouth. Early on, these three questions came up in the important — “hard news” — categoy almost successively. Alfred, Isa and I each answered a different question.
What nation’s drug cartel hit-men gunned down countryman Andres Escobar for booting a ball into his own net during a soccer World Cup loss? (card 140)
What imprisoned drug lord was miffed to learn his brother’s million-dollar stallion had been adbucted and returned castrated? (card 295)
What drug kingpin, dubbed the “world’s greatest outlaw” was gunned down while fleeing one of his homes in Medellín, Colombia? (card 56)
We didn’t get any other questions about Latinos or Latin America after that except for one about Jennifer Lopez.
It seems like a coincidence. I mean, they can’t be deliberately trying to make Latinos look like drug lords? When I went back to the cards we had gone through I found a few other references to Latinos. Another in the viewing category, “the stuff you watched,” referenced Jennifer Lopez. Rubén Blades and the outcome of the 1994 Panamanian presidential election was the subject of another question. There was yet another question pertaining to drugs: What nation supplied 4 out of every 5 grams of cocaine consumed in the US?
Did other people of color fare better? Not really. We didn’t answer any questions about Native Americans or Asian Americans. The questions in reference to African Americans mainly concerned rappers, athletes, and crime.
What color did Dennis Rodman dye his hair in support of women with breast cancer, in 1996?
What gangsta rapper had just attended a Mike Tyson bout before he was fatally shot? (card 266)
Whose death did many believe was payback for the murder of Tupac Shakur? (card 269)
What rapper from the Wu-Tang Clan tried to change his name to the more accessible “Big Baby Jesus”? (card 270)
What rapper died before he could give the world more poignant songs like Fat Girl, Hit the Hooker, and Just Don’t Bite It? (card 101)
I probably have my Chicana/o Studies major and Critical Race Theory hats on too tightly. The unduly negative and stereotypical representation of Latinos and African Americans sucked out the fun of something that is “just a game.”
Oh well, at least Nelson Mandela was mentioned in a positive light: what Nobel Peace Prize winner said meeting the Spice Girls was “one of the greatest moments of my life”? (card 32).
Related: Still not a fetish.
[1 The game: yes, I know about the game. Yes, I watched it. No, I did not kick and scream. Yes, I know the score. You do not need to mention the score or anything about Reggie Bush ever again. I am sure Daily Texican will be glad to know that I am now a UT Longhorns fan. Come January 4th, I’d like to see UT have another Rose Bowl victory, but this time it will be for a national championship. Go Vince Young and UT!]