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Old 12-15-2012, 04:12 PM
 
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I've said this before here, but my observation is that racial differences magnify as you go down the socioeconomic and educational ladder. Learnedness is a culture of its own. Regression into ethnic identity is the practice of the unschooled, whether they be in South Boston, inner Baltimore, East LA, Beverly Hills (bastion of unlearned affluence), or a trailer park in the Deep South. I'm sure that's often true in the few remaining parts of the greater DC region that are low-income.

As some of you know, I grew up in Texas. A lot of my fellow Texans are of Mexican descent. One way that Texas is different from NoVA is that you will commonly encounter third- or fourth-generation (or more) Texas families of Mexican ancestry. They speak English perfectly. They own businesses. Everyone eats their food--with enthusiasm. They are (as should be obvious) Americans as well as Texans, and they consider themselves to be just that--as do the rest of us. I'm glad their ancestors came to Texas; they were the only thing that saved me from a childhood of nothing but meatloaf and roast beef.

As far as DC goes, I've heard there has been occasional conflict between African Americans and Latinos in the past, as the latter began competing for "catchout" work (day labor)--but those days are probably gone, or nearly so, as just about every construction laborer I can recall seeing has been Hispanic, as are many of the skilled laborers.

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Old 12-15-2012, 04:21 PM
 
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Remember the outrage caused by these Mexican Postage Stamps in 2005?
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Old 12-16-2012, 05:28 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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they were the only thing that saved me from a childhood of nothing but meatloaf and roast beef.
My dad who grew up in Southern CA told me he used to trade his peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for his Mexican classmates' bean burritos. Both parties enjoyed the variety.
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Old 12-16-2012, 05:36 AM
 
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My dad who grew up in Southern CA told me he used to trade his peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for his Mexican classmates' bean burritos. Both parties enjoyed the variety.
Yeah, Southern CA is great now too. Love that variety.
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:02 AM
 
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Yeah, Southern CA is great now too. Love that variety.
I prefer Hispanic culture to Southern. The food's better too. In fact, Southerners seem more foreign to me than Mexicans.
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:05 AM
 
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I prefer Hispanic culture to Southern. The food's better too. In fact, Southerners seem more foreign to me than Mexicans.
There's no way that you'd live in an all Hispanic area vs a white Southern one.
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:27 AM
 
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There's no way that you'd live in an all Hispanic area vs a white Southern one.
Sure I would. I'm a Westerner who grew up around Mexicans, not Southerners. We did not look too fondly on Jim Crow era Southern culture when I was a kid. My parents raised me with a certain distrust and disdain for them that I've had to overcome. I'm the first in my family to live East of the Mississippi since 1869.

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Old 12-16-2012, 09:26 AM
 
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I grew up in FFX in the 60s and 70s. I have worked in all Mexican schools, and they too have better food than the other schools. I can think of a few that had salad bars that were better than your Olive Garden's. Generally, more attractive ladies working there, too.

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Old 12-16-2012, 09:46 AM
 
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I grew up in FFX in the 60s and 70s. I have worked in all Mexican schools, and they too have better food than the other schools. I can think of a few that had salad bars that were better than your Olive Garden's. Generally, more attractive ladies working their, too.
I doubt they were Mexican. We've never had many folks from there in this area. They were Central Americans.
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Old 12-16-2012, 10:05 AM
 
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It's Az, and most of the Mexican and Mexican-Americans couldn't even name a Central American country.
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