This is from Robert Redford`s recently published biography
. Redford, born 1936, was raised in Santa Monica, CA, so the bullying referred to would have taken placeÂ between about 1950 and 1954:
Being BulliedApparently, even Robert Redford was bullied as a child. In his neighborhood, there was a Hispanic gang, the Pachucks, and he was often beaten up by one of its members, â€?probably because I went to a good school, I was good at track and popular with girls.â€? Once, the bullies prompted him to jump off a roof to prove his manhood. He jumped and almost died from the fall. â€?Facing down fears hit home earlyâ€¦You have two choices, it seemed to me. You can be led by your fears, or you can overcome them.â€?Robert Redfordâ€™s New Biography: 10 Revelations - The Daily Beast.
What struck me was the name of the gang—Pachucks, a form of the Spanish word pachuco.
This is a very old-school kind of Mexican-American gangster
, usually wearing a zoot suit, like Jim Carrey in The Mask.
They were annoying, and unpatriotic, and all that, but not nearly as dangerous as today`s gangsters—you`ll notice they didn`t even manage to spoil Redford`s looks.
You may also remember Steve Sailer`s Preventing Kid Prejudice: The Sailer (One Point) Plan
So, let me unveil my one-point plan for how to keep your kids from disliking blacks and Hispanics:
1. Don`t let your children get beaten up by underclass minorities.
Well, being beaten up by minorities didn`t stop Redford from being an utterly conventional liberal
. Obviously they weren`t beating him hard enough.