“Our town was Mexican before New Mexico was a state.”
My family is New Mexican from a small town south of Albequerque and almost all refer to themselves as Spanish or Hispanic, NOT Mexican. The people and culture are different. These are proud and loyal Americans who are bi-lingual, serve in the military and generally do not want to be lumped together with (illegal) Mexicans.
Latino = Stupid
Chicano = More stupid
Sadly, as you see on this thread, many Americans are ignorant about their own history and lump all ‘hispanic’ cultures together because they cannot distinguish between the Spanish dialects being spoken. As you may know, the New Mexican accent is distinct for any with ears to hear. Even fewer Americans know that New Mexicans are a distinct culture within the United States who were there long before the pilgrims or British colonization of the eastern seaboard.
Bravo to you for pointing this out.
One of the most hilarious conversations I have ever heard was an older Mexican woman discussing various shades of brown and their place in the Mexican caste system. Oh to be a “real Castellian!” Ft Sumner is Mexican, I asked. LOL!