PLEBE, LA: Exploited People and Conquista 21: CDEP

Hardcore punk from la Misión, with a wholly unnecessary horn section. While I can totally relate to some of the sentiments expressed here (being a Chicano raised in abject poverty in East Los, I find myself nodding in agreement when they speak of barrio and lower class hardships), I have a hard time swallowing lines like “don’t call me addict ‘cause the drugs help me heal.” I’ve seen too many good people, including myself, fall for those lies and end up embodying the stereotypes that others have created to pigeonhole us (Chicanos and punks alike). Which is not to say that I’m some fuckin’ teetotaler who walks a straight line or anything, but there’s a fine line between having a beer or a toke with the boys and using alcohol and drugs to drown out life’s pain. My suggestion is to take a little time and read Rudolfo Acuña’s Occupied America and learn why you are in the position you’re in instead of focusing too much time on “healing.”

 –jimmy (www.laplebe.com)