There is a new revival taking place in many parts of the United States, Mexican Nationalism is strong and people who are from Mexico or have Mexican Heritage, want to be called Mexican, not Hispanic. Why is this? Well, as it has been explained to me by many Mexicans in California – they do not wish to be lumped in with Central Americans, South Americans, and Cubans. They are Mexicans, not Hispanics.
This may cause an issue for Hispanics that are not from Mexico, and hurt their strength in numbers. Often Cubans, want to be called Cuban, not Hispanic and they have significant numbers and unity to stand on their own, without being lumped together either. Many from Guatemala want to be called Guatemalan, not Mexican, because they say they are better and harder workers.
Why do Guatemalan workers say they work harder? Because, as they explain Mexicans are lazy, because they have learned it from Americans and now wish to kick-back and collect free monies from the government or do the minimal and get paid for it. Some Americans who hire Hispanics wish to hire workers from Guatemala for this reason. Whether or not Guatemalans work harder or not is debatable say many, as it is the individual that is either a hard worker or a slacker.
Surely, most Americans are slackers, but not all Americans are. This is the point that Mexicans make when confronted with this issue. Some Mexicans see Guatemalans as less educated and do not see themselves as the same. Maybe we need to all agree to stop calling everyone who looks Hispanic, Hispanic. Rather, call them what is most appropriate and to their liking. Sincerely, Lance.