Race and Class in Mexico
White Mexicans are still at the top due to Spanish Colonialism.share
I learned about this from ROMERO. Mexicans are white Spaniards or brown Indians. No idea what Latino means in that context.share
Many mexicans aren't white or Indian. Most are mestizos (mixed).share
Many mestizos often identify as white(Spanish) which just confuses things all the more.share
That "you indentify therefore you are" is very postmodern. Either you are objectively something or you are not.
I'd say that unless the person is crearly very white-looking or is a son/daughter of recent European inmigrants or his/her family has always lived in a racially segregated zone or class, is hard to claim racial purity in latino countries.
What their true ancestry may be was mostly besides the point. The point being that many mestizos choose to officially identify as white(Spanish) rather than native or mixed. It seems to be because it's seen as socially advantageous in many Latin American countries as well as for immigrating to western dominated countries such as the U.S.share
That was several centuries ago. Isn't about time to look for new excuses?share
But it's true. Colonial institutions are still prevalent in Latin America. You can just see this when you look at the race of the elites and the race of the poorest peopleshare
Mexico has been independent for more than 2 centuries, about 7 generations. Again, isn't about time to look for new excuses?share
First, thanks for this thread, all. I appreciate the learning opportunity.
You can just see this when you look at the race of the elites and the race of the poorest people
First, i need to say that i'm not Mexican but Colombian. Though i think i'm making an accurate generalization, racial composition in our countries varies.
Would I be correct in thinking the elites are white, the poorest are Indian, and the...middle class?...is mestizo?
You're doing great except that Google says I should search "postcolonial-extractive institutions" instead of "postcolonial-extractivist institutions." :)share
Look at that! Top link - review of "Why Nations Fail"!!!share
For those who, like me, were unfamiliar:
Acemoglu and Robinson theorize that there are two kinds [of political institutions, which are asserted to be the real determiner of national success or failure] — “extractive” institutions in which a “small” group of individuals do their best to exploit the rest of the population, and “inclusive” institutions in which “many” people are included in the process of governing.
I thought that was Cubans?share