For 13 years, Gustavo Arellano wrote the syndicated “¡Ask a Mexican!” column.

(Simon & Schuster)

Dear Mexican: What is it with Mexicans and firecrackers? Why is your food so damn tasty and yet so bad for you? Why do Mexicans park their cars on the front lawn?

For 13 years, Gustavo Arellano has fielded questions like these in his weekly syndicated column, “¡Ask a Mexican!,” which ran locally in Westword until 2016. It was a tongue-in-cheek way to address racism and debunk ethnic stereotypes. Now, Arellano tells Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner why it’s come to an end.