Skip to comments.The Myth of the Mexican Work Ethic
Posted on 08/11/2013 7:55:26 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
There are two kinds of men that this article will necessarily offend. The first, and most obvious, is the kind of man who honestly believes in an exceptional Mexican work ethic -- the man who attempts to befriend or utilize the Mexican population to prove himself not to be a racist, to acquire their votes, or to unfairly associate himself with qualities belonging to others.
But the second kind of man, in my opinion, deserves to be offended far more than the rest, for, hoping to find an essay about the laziness of Mexicans, what he is actually going to find is an essay about the foolishness of white Americans.
Being half-Hispanic, I have always heard, since as far back as I can remember, that Mexicans have a superior work ethic -- that they move quickly, and do much, and complain never. I do not necessarily debate these claims concerning the migrant laborer, but if I were to assert that these characteristics belonged to Mexicans as a whole, I believe I would do both Mexicans and Americans a disfavor.
In a sense, the claim is correct: Mexicans can be said to do the jobs avoided by whites, for less pay, and at a faster pace. Anyone at least remotely familiar with agricultural labor knows that whites largely avoid it, and that they avoid it because it is too difficult for the pay given. If we begin with this premise, that the pay is not enough to attract white people into this brand of heavy labor, we begin with a very sensible observation: that what is preferable to one man is not preferable to another.
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How did the Mexican Mafia get started?.
I have seen Mexican roofers roof a large house in one day that took white roofers a week and a half on a similar house. They worked from sunup to sundown, not 10 to 4:30.
The best house cleaners I have ever had were Mexican too.
Excellent piece¡ Nobody can understand the history of Mexico without understanding the history of their final indigenous rulers, the Aztecs. The Aztecs were cruel, ruthless and brutal. They built their civilisation on slave labor, superior organization and military power.
More and more agricultural machinery is replacing hand labor.
What about HOUSE labor?
I guess the Mexicans would have made better slaves than the Blacks.
...I have met one truly exceptional Mexican worker in my entire life, a man who personally trained me to work hard and be proud of doing so. To him, I mean no insult: he and all others like him are deserving of honor. But if we call his ethic Mexican, and not personal, I believe we rob him of his glory and grant it to others unfairly...
The author is calling BS to the so-called Mexican Work Ethic.
I don’t think anybody makes a good slave, you work best when it is something you want to do
I have also done vineyard working right along side of mexican workers that were slower than I and some that were faster than I.
I have no problem working long hours as well. My wife once yelled at me that I was working to many hours because I worked 129 hour that week. The next week was better at 126 hours.
Point is that mexican workers are just like you and I. Some will work hard and some won’t. Just a fact of life.
Usually the theme is: “Who’s going to pick your fruits and veggies” since white folks don’t like doing farm labor.
I guess we could ask the people in the hotel industry who works better...native-born Americans or Hispanic or Mexican immigrants and/or citizens? Because no matter where we go in the U.S., it seems the great majority of people who clean the rooms are Hispanics. It seems, without having any direct proof, that most of them appear to be of Mexican or Latin American origins. I would think most of them are either American citizens or here legally. But I rarely see lily-white, European-looking people cleaning the rooms in most of the places we stay at on our trips. Even in northern climes.
Here I’ll say it. As a rule (and OF COURSE there are exceptions) - Mexicans work harder, faster then whites who work harder faster than blacks. Call me a raciss - I don’t care - facts is facts.
I think it’s terrible to stereotype a ethnic class of people. I teach my kids not to do it, and I try to correct coworkers around the water cooler every chance I get when they slip and utter some ridiculous slur.
Having said that, Why did the Mexican Army have only 600 men at the Alamo?
They only had two cars.
White people don’t do those jobs because they are eligible for welfare / unemployment. Illegals come from countries that don’t have welfare programs so they have to work.
White people would do those jobs if we got rid of welfare.
Also, illegals will stop doing those jobs when they become eligible for welfare.
Those jobs will then be done by another group of immigrants who are not yet eligible for welfare.
Having said that, Why did the Mexican Army have only 600 men at the Alamo?
Why did the Mexicans within the Alamo’s walls have so few?
I must have seen that same roofing crew.
On a high peak roof with one guy sliding the shingles down to the install guy with a nailgun.
Like he was dealing cards in a casino...unreal.
Most people (regardless of their origins) don’t have much of a work ethic now. Why should they when non-workers have the same the lifestyle on welfare?
Not everyone is driven to succeed. If they have food, shelter, a little spending money, and a lot of free time, that’s enough for a lot of people.
One of our family friends back home, a canadian, had an electronics warehouse in Compton CA that supplied Best Buy and Target. he’s now retired and one thing stuck to him for years in experience:
the mexicans are damn hard workers who will work for a sandwich, while the blacks are the laziest people he’s come across.
The bad thing about mexicans he’s noticed is that mexicans love free stuff and they want you to speak their language.
About 600 Mexican troops were killed in the battle. Their total number was around 1800.
Most of the defenders were Mexican citizens-Tejanos.
Reinforcements that were expected never arrived so they had to do with only about 189.
Is there a joke here somewhere? AS I think you may have missed mine... :-)
Are you serious that most of the defenders of the Alamo were Mexican Citizens?
There is also another hyposisis that bears fruit....
As in all immigrant class, the ones that come here are the most industroius and hard working of their ethnicity.....
They are the ones that want to work to better themselves
and their family.....They don’t care what it takes to do that.....
They have less options than legal workers and must be work agressive to accomplish their goal....
Granted they may not be skilled or literate....but they have desire....
I sold roofing for a while, the Mexicans were very good but the very best I saw were from Robeson and Scotland counties in North Carolina and they were of mixed ancestry with fifty percent or more Lumbee or Cherokee indian background. They could strip an old roof down to bare wood while I was deciding where was the best place to stand to watch them. They ran two nail guns on a section of roof with one man at the ridge pulling shingles from the wrapper and dealing them like cards to the two nailers as fast as he could go, back and forth from one nailer to the other. A nailer would finish one shingle and just reach out a hand and catch the next shingle as it slid to him. One of the strippers told me that the man he used to work for on his last job insisted that one stripper had to put a hundred squares of old roofing to the ground in eight hours to keep his job. The guy could do that with ease, he would start at the peak and work with TWO “D-handle” forks, one in each hand and walk down the roof to the eave, then back up to the peak and come down again. I timed him once and he put six squares on the ground in twenty minutes flat. I figured that if I had tried it I would have wound up on the ground in less than twenty seconds.
The best looking chimney flashings were done by a black man, his work was all good but he really excelled at flashings. They looked almost too perfect to have been done with hand tools.
The author mentions being “Hispanic”. In my personal experience, indigenous Mexicans are very hard working. Hispanic Mexicans (with Spanish heritage) not so much. I worked in Spain and Mexico, and the Hispanics in both counties do not have a work ethic that working-class Americans would respect.
Sorry, now I see your joke. Thanks.
That is booking. Best I ever did was 18 square off and new back on in 11 hours. Including clean up.
Best straight laying was 31 square in 10 hours.
All by myself with no help both times.
Yes, many became Mexican citizens before the battle. They settled in Texas which was Mexican territory and called themselves “Tejanos”.
Many people call them Texicans with a “c” but that came from a John Wayne movie.
That’s what happens when you get out of the Truck.
As a blue collar worker-by choice-of Mexican/Latino ancestry, I found this-”such a difference exists between the American citizen of Mexican heritage and the desperate refugee laborer” to be a definitive statement.
One of the first things the Spanish military did upon arrival was to enslave the Native American/Indian population, and mate with quite a few of the women, beginning the Mestizo ethnic group nearly all of us new world Latinos belong to. So about one half of my ancestors enslaved the other half from the gitgo, and created a really conflicted ethnic group.
To answer Cowboy Bob, Natives/Indians did not make the best slaves, by all historical accounts-they had already been indentured by the Aztecs for awhile, and used their fall to get the hell out of Dodge, if they could, or got killed for their defiance. Those ever-resourceful Spaniards promptly bought Black slaves to do the work, starting with the Caribbean islands, and creating another conflicted, racially mixed ethnic group. Hey, at least they were consistent...
By the 1700’s, my known family had moved into what is now south/southwest Texas, along with a lot of others of Basque-and-Native ancestry-family tradition says Basques had no liking for being close to the strict caste system and harshness of the Spanish government-so they got far away to do their own thing, ranching in a remote place like they still do. So my family and I are no different from any other American whose ancestors came here to get away from oppressive rulers a few centuries ago, and have been working, supporting families and serving in the military ever since. A high percentage of all Hispanics/Latinos choose military careers...
The illegal immigrant is not someone a person of Mexican ancestry like myself can relate to at all, other than to recognize that they have committed a criminal act by sneaking over here and likely didn’t come “just to work”-like the author says, there is a vast difference between them and the native-born of us...
Fail. There is a Mexican work ethic. There is a Protestant work ethic. Yes, blacks commit more violent crimes in this country than whites.
The author is saying we should not make generalized statements. That is not a conservative viewpoint but a politically correct one.
Stating that Mexicans have a strong work ethic does not deprive a hard working Mexican of his honor, nor unfairly honor lazy ones. Saying the black community has problems with fatherlessness and laziness and criminal activity does not mean that all blacks have these problems.
Americans are spreading violence and perversion around the globe, too. It does not mean all Americans support this.
My ancestors fought with the other Texicans-the family has been in what is now South Texas since the late 1700’s, and had no love for dictators in either Mexico or Spain...
That’s awesome. You have a lot to be proud of.
We are-but only one who fought came back-the others died in various battles and skirmishes-good thing it is a big family.
The military is still the most favored first career choice, though.
“Whos going to pick your fruits and veggies since white folks dont like doing farm labor.”
Eliminate welfare, food stamps, and free medical and there will be whites lined up to take “those” jobs!
As far as I’m concerned, make your own way in life or lie down and die!
The Mexican “PEON” mentality.. is alive and well and established in Mexican culture.. Even Peons can have Peons..
Although the word means roughly “indentured servitude”.. there are degrees and variations of it... among the Mexican masses.. Many look on the word as an honor.. or even a badge in the collective HIVE...
What has a “PEON” to do with electing a givernment?.. Good Question..
Thats why Mexico has never had or ever will have an actual government.. Some MOB has always run Mexico and still does presently... Which is quite OK with the PEONS... Democracy seems logical to Mexicans (Mob Rule by mobsters)..
If you think the democrats and Obamnoids do not KNOW THAT you’re crazy.. It’s ONLY the republicans that do not know that.. Two types of Mexicans 1) PEONS and 2) Banditos.. you’’re one or the other.. OR BOTH..
They make very good democrats.. it’s the same with ALL democrats..
It’s the rare Mexican that knows what democracy “IS” and “ISN’T”..
Democracy is indispensable to socialism.
The goal of socialism is communism. -V.I. Lenin
The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism .-Karl Marx
If you employ illegals you’re a big part of the problem.
Yeah. What you said.
By all means then move to Mexico.
One reason that Mexico is so grubby and unfinished, is because of the Mexican work ethic, what until recently was always known as the “manana” attitude.
Until PC took over, Mexico was always rightfully known as a nation of lazy and indifferent people.
You hypocrites think these “hard” woking Mexicans are great running around on your roof with a hammer, but let one of them try to date your teenage daughter...
Sounds like you were pretty fast, I can do the job myself but I have never done enough to develop any speed at all. My father was an old time carpenter, born 100 years ago this coming November four. He could do it all from the sill to the roof and build custom cabinets in the kitchen. He could nail on four squares an hour with a hammer. He could make a hammer sound like a nail gun. He actually preferred driving nailes overhead to driving them in flooring and I could never figure that out, trying to hammer straight over my head is nearly impossible for me. I can lift a weight over my head but I can’t get enough speed on a hammer to drive a tack over my head. I guess that’s why I took up electromechanical repair rather than carpentry.
I will go a long way to avoid roofing work-not because I’m averse to it, but I’m afraid of heights-climbing a ladder higher than 6-8 ft. gives me vertigo...
I am not a hypocrite, you moron, I am stating that I watched the Mexicans roof my neighbors’ house in record time. I have also had my house cleaned by Mexicans way better than anyone else (I also had a really slow one who was Mexican too).
Do I think people should come in legally to the US? Hell yes. now go take a long walk off a short pier, you are ridiculous