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Racial slang (Words, Sayings, and Slogans)

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Coconut (Words, Sayings, and Slogans)

"We're all coconuts. That's what you get called in Neptune when you're Latino and date white people or join Honor Society. Get it? Like Twinkies and Oreos, except we're brown on the outside and..."

So coconuts, according to Carmen, are brown on the outside and white on the inside. Well, Twinkies are yellow on the outside and white on the inside. What racial group has yellow skin? Why, Asians, of course! And Oreos are black on the outside and...hey, I think we figured that one out too. Here's another one, courtesy of Sherman Alexie: a Native American who acts a little too non-Native American would be red on the outside and white on the inside, like...an apple! Come on, guys, it's not really racism if you're talking about FOOD!

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Cholito (Words, Sayings, and Slogans)

"Is that another way you're out proving yourself, cholito?"

Veronica is not calling Arturo something off the value menu at Taco Bell. Cholo is slang for Mexican gangster, and in Spanish, the -ito suffix signifies the diminutive, hence: little Mexican gangster. See, you can learn stuff on the Internet!

2.14 "Versatile Toppings"
Cholo (Words, Sayings, and Slogans)

"Logan, let me remind you, the prosecution has witnesses, the good kind, eye-witnesses."
"Cholo lowlives and a lying, cokehead plastic surgeon."

In the great tradition of tongue-twisters, it is surprising that "Cholo lowlifes" does not rank with "toy boat" and "red leather, yellow leather." Try it. Now. Say "Cholo lowlifes" over and over very fast. See? Can't get to the second one, can you? Fortunately for Jason Dohring, Logan only has to insult the PCH bikers once and we don't get to watch that adorable potty mouth struggle. The word "Cholo" has a long and rich history, having been used, always demeaningly, for both those of mixed Spanish or European/Amerindian blood or, by Americans, for Mexicans generally. Of couse, Logan's slightly off, as although cholos are commonly associated with the criminal classes these days, they usually come with a specific wardrobe — chinos, wifebeaters, and flannel shirts buttoned only at the top. And bandanas or hairnets. I don't think Hector wears a hairnet.

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Cholo (Words, Sayings, and Slogans)

"Hey! You think I'm paying you to harass the ladies? Screw off again, and you're out on your ass, cholo. You got me?"

The boss of Jumbo's Clown Wash is clearly jealous of Weevil's animal magnetism when he throws this racist slur at our favorite bad boy ex-biker. Despite the extra pounds and the rough look — neither a surprise after months in the joint, for prison changes a man — Weevil is no cholo. Where are the chinos? Where's the wifebeater? Where's the hairnet, for goodness sake? Unless they are under those overalls, the man who elected to name his business for one who plays the fool can't even get his insults right. Yes, Weevil's Mexican. Yes, Weevil's an ex-con. But he ain't no gangsta, man.

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