It’s True, Stereotypes Do Save Time
Bienvenido loyal reader. Please join Bruce and Mary as they quiz their friend Julio, one of the excellent meseros, servers at their local pub, El Lucero del Alba. As usual for those of you email subscribers who prefer to view these posts from the blog-site, please click here.
In our jobs, moderating commentary on a Canadian news site, we deal with stereotypes everyday. And when something negative about Mexico makes the news the nasty posters employ very negative stereotypes of Mexican people. But it got me to thinking. Some people have positive stereotypes of Mexicans as well, viewing them as hard working, fun loving people. But, what do Mexicans think of themselves? Now Mexico is a pretty big country with over 100 million people. There must be cultural differences throughout the nation that are stereotyped, just like we, speaking stereotypically, do with our fellow Americans. You know, like we think that NYers believe they’re at the center of the universe. And in the deep south they marry their cousins and live on dirt floors. The west coast is a bunch of pot smoking hippies and the midwest is filled with boring but hard working people. Well we thought it would be interesting to get our friend Julio to give us his take on Mexican stereotypes. So here goes:
Julio, due to his years in the States, is the only mesero at El Lucero del Alba, our local bar, who speaks English and he speaks it well.Â Here are his views of people from different regions of Mexico: As we suspected, DFers (Distrito Federal – Mexico City) are regarded pretty much the same as the stereotype of NYers -Â pretty arrogant. But he also characterizes DF as being lawless, anything goes on the streets.Â Now, Julio is a native Yucateco (Yucatan has its own history, separate from Mexico, as it was a nation in its own right before being brought into the union. Many people refer to Yucatan as the Texas of Mexico) and he says this about his countrymen: As opposed to his wife’s native state of Sinaloa on the west coast, where everyone cleans their street before the street cleaners do and everyone’s yard is tidy, Yucatecos are hoarders and definitely not tidy. Plus he adds Yucatecos are very concerned with status and money. This is contrasted to the northern border states which are peopled by folk who are humble and will give you the shirt off their back.Â When we quizzed him about the neighboring states of Campeche, Oaxaca, and Quintana Roo he told us the stereotype of these people is simply that they are two-faced. And to end on a positive note, Julio says his favorite city in Mexico is Tijuana, in the state of Baja California Norte (BTW there are 31 states in Mexico). From his experiences living there he describes it as a fun and vibrant city.
So there you have it, one man’s stereotypical view of his own paisanos. But please understand that Julio, being a very nice person like almost all Meridanos we know, was not comfortable in giving the negative stereotypes and only did so to satisfy our desires to hear ofÂ held stereotypes and to prove our premise that Mexicanos are a vast and varied people who areÂ just as susceptible to casting their fellow citizens in a negative light as Americans or Canadians. It gives one pause doesn’t it.
Thanks for visiting gentle reader. Bruce welcome comentarios on this subject. A spirited debate would be fun. Hasta proxima Domingo!