Read of the Day: “Area Woman Not Living Up to ‘Mexican Friend’ Duties”
5:30 pm, September 27th | by Colette McIntyre
Describing their friendship as “rocky,” Carolyn Smith, Kelly Thompson, and Nicole Brooks told reporters that the decision to add Maria Lopez to their group as the token “Mexican Friend” was a terrible mistake.
“We’re very protective of who we bring into our circle,” said Smith, who recruited Lopez after meeting her in a spin class at the local YMCA six months ago. “She was wearing a Chivas Guadalajara fútbol t-shirt and sang along to all of the banda music. I guess I jumped to conclusions.”
When the close-knit trio of friends was looking to add some diversity to the group, Lopez appeared to be the perfect fit. Unfortunately, the women soon discovered that, “Maria was not as in touch with her culture as we had hoped.”
The three Sacramento women passed on bids from local minority candidates, Tracy Wong and Aparna Srivastava, as the group was more excited about “authentic Mexican cuisine and salsa dancing.” Pointing to her natural tan and a comprehensive knowledge of tropical locales, the friends quickly decided to extend Lopez an invitation to their weekly outings.
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