When all else fails, leave it to Paul Simon. In times like these in which white and Latino worlds so often miss each other - rock vs. reggaeton, praise of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vs. hate of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer - Paul Simon's song "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard" reminds us of a different way.
Not that everything was fine in the 60's, but all this song does is describe an easy friendship and sing an occasional shout-out to Rosie, the "queen of Corona." It's nice.
Maybe the modern-day equivalent of this song is Armada Latina, the Cypress Hill and Pitbull re-make of the classic CSNY song "Sweet Judy Blue Eyes." (I majorly heart both. It's hippie and hard-core at the same time. It's like a tofu taco with extra-hot salsa.) But even the name of the song signals a different tone. Instead of "Me and Julio" (plural), its translation is "Latin Army." It's a different sound.