Chihuahuas in context: UTEP professor weighs in on Triple-A team name
POSTED: Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 5:37pm
UPDATED: Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 5:52pm
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — Borderland residents and the nation continue to weigh in on The Chihuahuas.
The new name for the Triple-A baseball team has been called insensitive to El Paso culture. We spoke with a UTEP professor who said, while the use of the little dog has been typically used for Mexican stereotypes, by itself, the image is not racist. But it all depends on how the Chihuahua is used.
"The first time that the chihuahua shows up in a sombrero or they put it in a zarape, that, that will sort of highlight or accentuate that kind of insensitivity,” Richard Pineda, the Director of the Sam Donaldson Center for Communication Studies said.
Former diablos owner Jim Paul also weighed in on the subject, and stated, "I think in time, we'll forget about this part and once we start playing baseball there's not going to make any difference where the location is, it's not going to make a difference what the name is."
As we've reported, social media erupted after the team's name was revealed. Including, a change.org petition that has received more than 8,000 signatures.