What is it about Mexicans?
Jan. 31, 2005
WE DON'T FORGET WHERE WE CAME FROM
Tonatierra human rights group
Despite everything said about Proposition 200, no other government besides
Mexico has complained. No wonder! It was not targeting Canadians, nor European
immigrants, it was not even designed against the Arabs. It was designed against
the Mexican population. advertisement
Why do Mexicans evoke such hatred from Randy Pullen, Russell Pearce, J.D.
Hayworth and 56 percent of the electorate? Hatred directed even against
children, who in most cultures are sacred. Who doesn't melt with the smile of a
child? Everyone, except if that child is Mexican and can't speak English.
If a child is Mexican and can't speak English even the laws turn against
him/her. That child will be subjected to sanctions and psychological torture for
being Mexican under the color of law. They endure a treatment only equaled by
the treatment of native Americans at the beginning of the century under the
Boarding School Americanization projects.
Proposition 200 is only a continuation of the fight against Mexicans initiated
by Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin and the subsequent invasion of Mexico in
the mid 19th century. The fight against Mexicans continues even today. Despite
the scrubbing with AJAX by many of my friends from the 50's and 60's to wipe out
the brown color of their skins, the anti-Mexican sentiment has never disappeared
despite the social climb into the upper social spheres.
What is it about Mexicans? They are hard workers, help the economy, and shed
their blood in every war from World War II, Korea, Vietnam and now Iraq.
Maybe the answer is too simple but here it goes. Mexican people, despite
constant attacks on their culture continue being Mexican. Being Mexican means
holding on to your indigenous roots manifested from your skin color to your
facial features. It means to have the culture within from the taste of homemade
tortillas, to the taste of Nopal, (Cactus), mixed with the taste of freshly
cooked beans on a clay pot.
Maybe being Mexican is the realization that we have been part of this land way
before Hernan Cortes trampled "Americas" sacred lands. The realization that we
have traversed the imaginary border thousands of years before some lunatic
thought of borders. The same lunatic ideas that have transformed into
Being Mexican is to know consciously or unconsciously that we will never be
"Anglos," yet, we will be willing to share our lands with the Euro-American,
learn his language, and communicate with him. It is knowing there are certain
cultural traits that we will never change to please the newly arrived European
So, what is it about Mexicans that so irritates Shakespeare's descendants? It is
that they refuse to become part of the "Melting Pot" and become part of the
European mixture the U.S. government has tried to make of us. We keep our
indigenous roots through our food, our love for the land, which we have never
abandoned even when we are deported. We have always opposed the cultural
genocide to which the African, the Chinese, the Arabs, and the Europeans have
been subjected to under Manifest Destiny and the Melting Pot theory.
Now that Proposition 200 has passed what will we do? Nothing. Absolutely
nothing. With laws some will continue to try to carve us into their own image or
eject us beyond the dividing imaginary line. We will continue speaking Spanish
(imposed by the Spanish), English (imposed by the Anglos, and our indigenous
languages given by our forefathers.
Many Mexicans (10 million) still speak their native language such as Nahuatl,
Maya, Yaqui, etc. Whether here or on the other side of the border, we continue
eating Corn Tortillas, Pozole, and even Mole.
Mole is our favorite plate from Cuahutemoc's time till today. However,
Proposition 200 won't stop us, we will continue coming with or without papers
despite the rabid attacks by legislators like Russell Pearce and his cohorts.
We are a people without borders.