Do Mexicans hate Spaniards?

Dear Mexican: A few years back, when I was in high school, my social studies teacher and the leader of our high school M.E.Ch.A. club had deep resentment toward the Spaniards/conquistadors who killed hundreds — probably thousands — of Aztecs. He went so far as to deny that his own heritage comes partly from Spain, and 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 Catalán.) Guernica! (Wait — that was about the Basque.) The Alhambra! (Wait — that was Moorish.) 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, Malintzín (popularly known as Malinche), looming over their dead mestizo son: the father and mother looking on 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 — and I'm not talking about American imperialism? We're supposed to celebrate the Spaniards why? All of this said, for a Mexican to deny that 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: I've never been accused of being the sharpest knife in the box, but there is something I always wondered about. 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 town where all these jobs are. If the people who live here don't want the jobs, then why complain that someone else does? If there is something underhanded about it, then the problem is not with the employees, but the employer. And another thing I don't understand because of the me-not-being-a-sharp-knife problem: Why are people who go through great hardship vilified because they want to provide for their family? 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 and 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 knife 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 over 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 that half of the members they surveyed had a worker shortage, one they blamed on Georgia'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 want ALL of us to work like Mexicans for a Mexican's salary forever — and what kind of a great country is that? That's right: Mexico!

 
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Jamescarretev
Jamescarretev

in regards to yout teacher he is an idiot.im spaniard.both my parents are spanish and i was born there but came legally to tbe U.S. and became a U.S citizen also.if he gets upset for being called hispanic or latino because he says he is chicano,then he is a moron to the max.all those three terms apply for for anyone of latin american ancestry.us spaniards are NOT latino or hispanic.we are EUROPEANS. tell your teacher to look at at damn map.

Bas_esp
Bas_esp

the aztecs were the principal kingdom but not all.There were small kingdoms too that hate the aztec so Cortez decided to do like romans "vini, divi y vinci", that is: come, divide and defeat. When spaniard/conquistadors stablished the regime there were tree races.Spanish/spaniards: 10% of the population and in the high class. Spanish/Indians: 60% of the population and medium class.Indians: 30% of the population and the treatment similar as black slaves in EEUU.The spanish culture was imposed. The Catholic Religion and spanish economy. In that time as similar as European country until 1750.But one day spanish/Indians want more, the similar status as spanish/spaniards. We say NO because they werent pure blood so they unite wth Indians and betrayed us.

Dick G
Dick G

We're just trying to clear out the illegal Mexicans and replace them with legal Mexican workers

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The Spleen
The Spleen

Your material about Spain lacks insight and any real historical understanding. Yes, Cortez was a killer but the culture he conquered was viciously bloodthirsty in its own right. Aztec and Mayan culture sacrificed millions of their own kind (and not just "criminals" either -- young people and virgns too) to the sun god -- hell, the priests would dance in the victim's flayed skin on the temple steps as tribute to the gods!

To cast the "Mexican" people as innocent in the historical narrative is nonsense and bullshit. So when you are complaining about cultures that "killed lots of innocents", I suggest you look no further than your own psychedelic-mushroom eating, young virgin-sacrificing , "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" style skin-dancing history.

Cortez may have been a killer but the Aztecs were just as bloodthirsty and brutal. The only difference is that the Aztecs were happy doing it to their own people instead of others. Personally, I am not sure which is worse. Are you?

 
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