Raza is not a blood quantum, per se, but a way of life based in real experiences not acting. We are all tested everyday and for most of us passing means failing when Chicanidad is somehow less than the rest. I'm sorry if you didn't pass, PB5000, but secretly wanted to; it's a common desire. Chicanos are cool and being Chicano is an honor unless you are dealing with unwarranted power through racism. If you want to make the issue about Lauren rather than institutionalized racism then she can be seen as guilty of selling out to make a profit on poking fun at (half of?) her own gente. But that is a lame argument and not the strongest one it appears Sisneros is making. Lauren - as herself - has very little power as an individual; only enough to appropriate and further discriminate, not really be racist. Know what I'm mean Doc? Sounds like she doesn't claim to be Chicana so why would you identify her as such? To vindicate her and her act or to support racism?
... Lynette's just a modern day Jose Jimenez? Some day we will look back at her and cringe as badly? The sooner the better?
The steve allen show - and comedy no matter what era - is not a public institution with the power to represent and educate the public. The state of NM (i.e. NM Expo and UNM) indeed has been funded to do this exactly; and in this instance, failed. The racist issue is: the power to represent. You continue to laugh while many continue to cringe - harder hopefully.