Some 1880s Mexican-Hating Courtesy of the Los Angeles Times

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One thing Know Nothings refuse to accept while railing about illegals is how, despite protestations to the contrary, their song is OLD. Even when stressing that LEGAL Mexicans are fine--it's just the ILLEGAL ones with whom they have a problem--they're just following the same ideological games set 150 ago, except back in those days, the distinction was between the supposed pure-blooded "Spanish" Mexican and the evil mestizo Mexican. And I do believe I've discovered the most hilarious hair-splitting of the genre in the microfilm of the Los Angeles Times.


On June 17, 1883, it published a letter by D.S. Covert from New Mexico, claiming to know the difference between those two types of Mexicans.

The Spanish Mexican "boasts of a descent from pure Castilian blood" and is "bright, active and intelligent," Covert claimed, as big a lie as Dana Rohrabacher claiming he ain't racist. But the "greaser" Mexican was "lazy, thriftless, ignorant, superstitious and unstable. . . . On the ranch or village home of the 'Greaser' Mexican, everything bears the stamp of negligence and shiftlessness. Their gaunt, sharp-nosed, long-legged and tan-colored hogs share with their owners in the comforts of the family residence."

And it goes on like this. What's remarkable about the letter is it nearly reads word-for-word like the points Orange County Register readers make when railing about SanTana--and yet they insist they're not racist. Didn't they ever read the Dillingham Commission report?

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