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[Xmca-l] Re: Stereotyping Latin America and Mexico at the U. of Louisville

Thanks, David and Annalisa.

I agree with the examples of blackface, Hassidic Jews, and devout Muslims.
But this is about nuance, not about open-and-shut universal principles. 
I live in the Southern U.S., and while aware of the politics you speak of, I'm not sure it translates into cultural vilification, per se. 
Perhaps that's why these university folks, who wouldn't think of dressing in blackface or as Hassidic Jews or devout Muslims thought it would be okay to dress in folkloric Mexican costumes. 


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Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: Stereotyping Latin America and Mexico at the U. of Louisville

On addition to what Annalisa points out, they dressed like that for a halloween party. If they would have dressed themselves as Hassidic jews or devoted muslims for, I insist, a Halloween party, that would have been antisemitic or islamophobic. So, Mexicans are scary Halloween monsters?
Something to be afraid of? And certainly they don't look like they are celebrating Mexican culture, but using cartoon-like Mexican symbols as an aside of whatever they intended to be doing at that moment.
Very insensitive when you have Trump treating Mexico and immigrants like a public enemy or the plague and even Latin origin candidates giving away their roots for the sake of political power.
That university president should leave his post, he is dishonoring academe as a whole by remaining in his position.

On Sun, Nov 1, 2015 at 2:51 PM, Annalisa Aguilar <annalisa@unm.edu> wrote:

> David K,
> Your question about why this is a put down is really hard to believe.
> But OK, think about it this way: If they were in blackface and holding 
> watermelons, would you get it then?
> Annalisa