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Response to Meiko (Reply #14)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 12:49 PM

25. My apologies - I have relatives that use"Mexican" as a racist euphemism for hispanic.

My son is in a Spanish/English dual immersion elementary school, and he counts among his friends kids whose parents work in the Embassies of Spain and Argentina.

Those kids are not citizens, and neither are their parents, but they are fully documented and "legal." The kids speak both English and Spanish fluently.

There are kids in his school whose parents are from Hondouras, Ecuador, El Savador and Chile, along with a small number of kids from Mexico. My son's Spanish language homeroom teacher is originally from Mexico, and got his Masters in education from University of Seville.

My son knows the difference between Ecuadoran and Chilean accents and can point out a European Spanish speaker very easily.

Here, the term "Mexicans" is only used to describe those people who are from Mexico, and only in the context of geography and family - not a strata of the population that is looked down on as "illegal."

Once when my son was 6 and we were in the car with another family from his school, and he said, "The truck with the Mexican driving it has a cute dog." We all froze for a minute. I asked, "Why did you say he was Mexican?" His response, "He has the flag of Mexico on his back windshield and there's Mariachi music on his radio." We all sighed in relief.

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