ASK A QUESTION Why do so many people,including Mexicans,think "Mexican" is a bad word? I Love It.It's sexy!
Why do so many people,including Mexicans,feel that Mexican is a BAD word??? My husband is from Mexico,and he hates when people say that. Why??? I am Italian,so maybe I don't understand.But I do love the word Mexican,it's hot!!! Please explain.
"Mexican" is not a bad word. The only problem occurs when ignorant people mix up or bundle everything Latin American with Mexican. When they are unable to recognize that there are important cultural differences, and different identities between the various Hispanic countries.
It is also a problem when all that people know are the obnoxious stereotypes. Being Italian you know very well what that's all about: people who think that Italians are all mafia-related criminals, or fat with greasy hair; all the men with handlebar mustaches, and everyone eats pizza and spaghetti.
Well I'm Mexican and so I want to give my point of view. (But first I apologize for any misspelled word. I'm doing my best.) Personally I don't feel it's a bad word. I'm quite proud to say I'm Mexican, and I think most of you are right saying it has something to do with stereotypes. I guess that when a Mexican thinks that it's a bad word it's because they have forgotten the beauty of our country, they just need to remember that.
Maybe it's the "poor immigrant" stereotype associated with Mexicans in the USA.
Aw Gee ! Gekko you have me worried now. I luuuuuuuuv Pizza , I am sometimes a
little paunchy, I definitely have criminals in the closet , along with nefarious
other unmentionable "objets des artes", I do have greesy hair however ,
but I do take it off at night and wash it thoroughly . Now remarks from a
'sometime lady friend" have me worried , she has been known to refer to me as
"Malcolm the Midnight Mexican" I thought this was in reference to my habit of
hollering "Olay " and "Caramba" at appropriate moments of the evening , but now
I fear she may have been casting nasty nastercions at my forbears, not to
mention my antecedents . From now on I shall put away my spurs, Sombrero and
hide the chilli peppers , not that I mind being referred to as Mexican , on the contrary I am proud to be so called , but the "Malcolm " was bad for my image , a Malcolm I am not. Raymondo el Rápido , is more me.
I live in a town with a lot of Mexican and Mexican-America folks. Many of them don't like to called Mexican, especially the kids. It may be that they consider themselves straight up American.
In my part of the country, many racist people assume that all Mexicans are illegal immigrants who have no right to anything, and so when someone is called "mexican" it is taken as an insult.
Mexicans in México do not feel that way.
I would compare it to the influx of Irish people during the turn of last century. They came here in large numbers looking for a better life and work (similar to many Mexicans). What they found were many prejudices from the "natives" and they became ostracized by much of society. Some people even changed their names in order to sound less Irish or not Irish at all. However, now-a-days, many of those Americans with Irish heritage are proud of their roots. To me, the same cycle seems to be happening with Americans of Mexican descent, but this is purely something I have taken note of on a personal level.
Some times people are offended. I am an Australian. We, as a country, worked so hard to prove to people that we are not a country of criminals. My Great Great Great Great grandfather was a convict. He cam to Australia on the second fleet. he could not read or write yet look at me. I am typing on a computer. People think that we live in bark huts, say G'day, and have ride kangaroos everywhere. We would not do that because the kangaroo would bash us up and we do not want to end up in hospital.
Welcome to the forum Sandra, I have no idea!
Hi Sandra. Welcome to the forum. You can unaccept that answer if you like and maybe you will get some more answers. Have a good evening.
Sandra, why don't you unnaccept me, I promise I won't be offended. Jeezle is absolutely right.
I'm colombian and I'm very proud when somebody say it. If I would be mexican, I would be vvvvvery happy and proud for that.
Seems to me that, sadly, it must be the effect of other people's prejudices against people from Mexico.
A tragic reflection of the consequences of the fact that certain human beings seem incapable of accepting any differences from what they perceive as'" normal".
It has then 'rubbed off' on some Mexican people themselves.
Marexy's answer should be given many badges for being excellent!
From England to Mexico with love.
I'm a mexican, and we are now having great troubles dealing with a wave o violence in a large part of the territory, due mainly to the organized crime and drug dealers. This news have spread worldwide, and I guess we now have a poor image abroad. Mexicans may be associated with rampant crime, violence, drug traffic and so on. These are bad times for us, but I hope we will overcome this black period of our recen history.