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MEXICO and Texas

Following my comments on the Mexican Americans of San Antonio, Texas, Edgar Rngel-German of Mexico sent me some interesting comments in Spanish, which I summarize in English: "The Mexican Americans who celebrated Mexican Independence Day had no idea what they were celebrating; there was free food and the kids had a good time. Less praiseworthy was the boxing match in Las Vegas between Oscar de la Hoya and Fernando Vargas. Their pants were covered with Mexican flags, which is prohibited in Mexico. They call themselves the Golden Boy and the Aztec Warrior, but it is doubtful if they have ever visited an Aztec site or could name a single Aztec emperor. This use of Mexican symbols for commercial purposes is offensive. Other examples are the Aztecs of San Diego State University and the Aztec Pontiac. [Stanford abolished its Indian symbol some years ago.RH]. National symbols and legends like Miguel Hidalgo, the Virgin of Guadalupe, and the Heroic Cadets are a sensitive matter; they are symbols of the Mexican nation. The epoch of the caudillo (boss) has gone, but Fox insists on living it ì.e., Fox is a caudillo. RH] All we have to celebrate now is la mexicanidad. ¡Viva México! ". RH: "Mexicanism" is a word like "Americanism", it sounds fine, but it is hard to define. Practically every country in Latin American has a similar word (la peruanidad, a brasilidade, etc). One could write a book analyzing what each of these words mean to the various countries.

Ronald Hilton - 9/21/02