If you have been following the immigration crisis online you have probably seen a lot of propaganda and misinformation, mostly coming from the left. Here are a few things you should keep in mind:
South of the U.S. border there is no such thing as a “Hispanic.” That is a term that people in the United States invented to describe a large, diverse group of people of various nationalities who allegedly have some common historical link to Spain. Outside of the United States these people generally identify themselves by their nationality. The same basic thing applies to the term “Latino/Latina”.
Hispanics can be white, black, Native American, and/or some combination of all three. Most but not all Hispanics are Catholic. First and second-generation Hispanics generally speak some Spanish. There is some disagreement over whether Brazilians are Hispanic because they speak Portuguese, not Spanish.
There is a pecking order among Hispanic nationalities, With Cuba and Mexico at or near the top and the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and the Central American countries near the bottom. The general rule is that the more European the gene pool, the higher the status. Latin America is still a very racist place.
There is a lot of hostility and suspicion between the various Hispanic nationalities. They don’t all speak Spanish the same way, and they are culturally diverse as well. Even in Mexico they don’t all eat tacos and burritos while listening to mariachi bands.
Here are some useful Spanish/Spanglish terms you should know:
1. Mojado/mojada – This literally means “wetback”. It is the common term for an illegal alien in the Hispanic community. It is derogatory.
2. Gabacho/gabacha – A derogatory term for white people.
3. Pocho/pocha – A Hispanic who does not speak Spanish. They are said to have “lost their culture.” It is a derogatory term used to describe Hispanics who are too Americanized.
4. Paisa – A Mexican immigrant who is the opposite of Pocho.
5. Mayate/mayata – A derogatory term for black people. Basically the N-word.
6. Aztlán – The mythical homeland of the Aztec, allegedly located in the American Southwest. The claim is that the United States stole the land from Mexico (we did) and therefore Hispanics have the right to reclaim it (they don’t). Aztlán is the “A” in the college organization MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán, “Chicano Student Movement of Aztlán”).
The next time you are debating an immigration activist and/or an amnesty supporter, ask them if they know what those terms mean.