Do Mexicans Hate the Spanish?

[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why aren't Americans taking jobs away from Mexicans?

DEAR MEXICAN: When I was in high school, my social-studies teacher and leader of our school's MEChA club had deep resentment toward the Spaniards/conquistadors who killed hundreds of thousands of Aztecs. He went so far as to deny that his own heritage comes partly from Spain, and he hated it when people would refer to him as a Latino/Hispanic. He would get so mad and say, "I'm not Spanish; I AM CHICANO!" What's your opinion on the subject? Do you feel hatred toward the Spanish?

Harry the Hispanic

DEAR WAB: I LOVE the Spaniards! Their adorable lisp! Their great porn! Dalí! (Wait—he's Catalan.) Guernica! (Wait—that was about the Basques.) The Alhambra! (Wait—that was Moors.) The fact that so many Mexicans wore Spain's jersey as it wound its way through winning the World Cup last year! The only Mexicans who hate Spaniards are of the yaktivist type, and the best commentary on the matter is the great Mexican muralist José Clemente Orozco's Cortés y la Malinche, which depicts a naked Hernán Cortés and his Indian concubine, Malintzin (popularly known as Malinche), looming over their dead mestizo son: The father and mother looking down at their defeated Mexico. Honestly, what is there to celebrate about a civilization that enslaved foreign lands, killed thousands of innocents and plundered to their desire? We're supposed to celebrate the Spaniards why? All of this said, for a Mexican to deny he has any Spanish blood in him when he's sporting a mustache as thick as Zapata's is as ludicrous as the Mexican who says he's pure-blooded Spanish despite having a nopal en la frente.

 

DEAR MEXICAN: If all the "American" jobs are going to Mexico, why are all the Mexicans coming here? If all the work that is left here is being taken by illegal Mexicans, who have to travel many, many miles to come to work, why aren't red-blooded "legal Americans" grabbing them first? After all, they already live in the same town as all these jobs. If the people who live here don't want the jobs, then why complain someone else does? If there is something underhanded about it, then the problem is not with the employees, but the employer.

Another thing I don't understand: Why are people who go through great hardship vilified because they want to provide for their families? I never hear or read about Americans traveling a great distance to do dirty, dangerous work for very little money, living with many other people to save money, then sending most of it back home. Well, I could go on, but this is probably enough, and some of your readers have their own problems.

A Dull Knife

DEAR GABACHO: Dude, TELL ME ABOUT IT! Are you hearing about what's happening in Georgia? You'll remember that earlier this year, the Peach State decided to go all Arizona on its growing Latino population and passed nasty legislation, thereby driving out more than a few Mexis, legal and not, from the estado. Guess what? In June, Georgia farmers announced they had more than 11,000 jobs open—and no Americans were lining up to take them. Those few who did quit almost instantly, according to numerous published accounts. The same thing is happening in the restaurant industry—in July, the Georgia Restaurant Association announced half of the members they surveyed had a worker shortage, one they blamed on the state's Know Nothing laws. It just goes to show what the Mexican has said all along: Gabachos won't do the jobs Mexican immigrants do because they shouldn't. The working classes of this country have almost always been where immigrants entered, scraping their way into the middle class and beyond—that's the American way. Conservatives would love for ALL of us to work like Mexicans for a Mexican's salary forever, while all the wealth went into the hands of a small elite—and what kind of a country is that? Oh, right: Mexico.

 

GOOD MEXICAN OF THE WEEK! I'm leaving it blank this week so ustedes can send me some suggestions—DO IT!

 
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14 comments
Barbara R
Barbara R

Hey. My late husband had a tiny bit of Blackfoot Indian in him. You could see it in his mother and father and relatives however they refused to admit their heritage. To the extent that his mother wanted nothing to do with her family as a result. My late husband was relentless in proving the family wrong to the extent that he did a family tree and researched only to conclude that he in fact was partially Blackfoot. Why the protest against being a part of the heritage is a mystery and we can only conclude that the family was or became racist against their own culture. My late husband embraced it. It's like the slave owner marrying a slave and having a child. I'm sure that angers the slaves since many were oppressed by the owners. My oldest son's heritage is just that but they embrace who they are and had absolutely no control over the past. The Spaniards and Mexicans need to do the same especially in a world where many are co-mingling.

Don Cabron
Don Cabron

Tavo - Very good answer regarding why Americans won't take Mexicans (or Paisa's as I like to call them/myself) jobs. By the way, all these "Americans" complaining about Mexicans taking their jobs YET these same AMERICANS hire the Mexicans to do their gardens, maid-work, construction, (insert any labor-intesive job here), because we PAISAS work HARDER and CHEAPER and do a much better job than their AMERICAN counterparst. Why else would you explain all these Mexicans working here? The AMERICANS do have a CHOICE when it comes to hiring their gardners, maids, (insert any labor-intesive job here). They could hire their white/european counterparts but then they have to pay more for a lot less work. So, they exercise their freedom of CHOICE and hire the PAISAS….very, very ironic and very hypocritcial of their part to say one thing, yet do another….

On a different note, you're usually right on when recommending restaurants but you totally whiffed with Mariscos El Licenciado. After the first location tanked on both service and food quality, I decided to give another location a try. Again, horrible service and deplorable food. I suggest you try Mariscos Ensenadas in Santa Ana or Fountain Valley OR Mariscos Los Corales in Fountain Valley. Excellent service, excellent food quality and the Eye-Candy makes for an enjoyable experience….

Average Joe
Average Joe

Of course Mexico was Republican Spain's biggest supporter in money and material after Russia during the Spanish Civil War. So go figure.

Jfernandex1
Jfernandex1

Don't know about the Mexicans hating the Spanish, but when I was in Mexico, the Spanish I met, treated the Mexicans like dirt, still.

I always thought the Brits were snooty, but they have nothing in that department on the Spanish. Don't even ask what they think about Mexican Spanish......

Mazbook
Mazbook

"Do Mexicans hate the Spanish?" I've never heard that one, although raised in northern New Mexico the converse was certainly true. Way back when, if you called one of the local "Spanish" (most actually were, although a high percentage were descended from exiled Spanish Jewry - the conversos - mestizos were few) a Mexican, you were certainly asking for it, as those were "fighting words". Many schools, particularly rural ones, were still taught in 17th and 18th century Spanish, a practice that did not end until the 1950s.

mazbook, the Anglo in New Mexico, the Mexicano nuevo in México

Rayjayrj
Rayjayrj

Dull Knife, after reading your letter, I believe your name is most appropriate. Your comments completely miss the point: it is against the law to reside or work here illegally. If you are doing so, regardless of where you came from, you are breaking the law. This country has a limited amount of resources, and, for many other reasons including public safety, immigration needs to be controlled.

Pha kan prik
Pha kan prik

You're a racist asshole...do the world a favor and drop dead!!!

Fred
Fred

"If all the "American" jobs are going to Mexico, why are all the Mexicans coming here?"

Easy answer to this Tonto. Heroin and cocaine prices are higher in this country so drug sales are more lucrative. Plus if the perp gets popped, they can count on Joe Taxpayer to fund their defense, translator, and prison cost. In Mexico they would be on the hook for the whole taquito. Happy to help you understand la mente criminal.

Ryan
Ryan

To a dull knife,

Most Americans feel entitled, and that work is below them. What they need to do is stfu and get to work. I bet if the government was not handing them a check they sure would be getting their work on.... I feel ya, I'm white and live and work with some amazing Mexicans, Salvadorians, Hispanics, Latinos, whom I adrore. I hate it when whites are so stuck up to get the stick out of their asses...

norag60
norag60

interesting, my dad RIP, had the same dislike for the spanish, especially after a few copas. i never knew why and i never asked.also, we mechistas fell out of love wih the spanish after we received yhr real version of that time

Veronica Malvaez Isaac
Veronica Malvaez Isaac

To 'Harry the Hispanic' - That sounds EXACTLY like my high school Latin Studies teacher, Mr. Aguirre. But not only was he a bit bent on the Spaniards he also was a bit angry toward the founding fathers of this country. LOL :o)

Fred
Fred

Many people feel this way about Gustavo. You are not alone.

Soccer_oc
Soccer_oc

By any chance was your teacher teaching at Century? If it's him, he was awesome :)

Bill T.
Bill T.

After all, no shortage on pendejos. I love the "logic": defense of community is racism. I love California so would you think that means I hate Oregan? Same "reasoning".

 
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