CW:: in a British accent:: You celebrate Cinco de Mayo?
CW: I thought you Americans hated the Mexicans.
Me: .. uhm...
It's funny how the outside world perceives Americans, probably attaining an idea from some news article read or MTV story seen, and then generalizing that that is how every American is and thinks. I had the exact same person who asked me if Americans hated Mexicans, if American colleges are like what it is in the movie "American Pie".
You can't really blame them, though, especially if our cultures are separated by bodies of water that make it hard to be in constant association with each other. We all generalize. Even I do it.
You don't like tea? not even with those British shortbread cookies that come in a tin? What?!? You don't even like those? I thought all British people drank tea and ate shortbread cookies.
With the Mexican question, I tried to give as honest of an opinion as I could.
Me: ... well, not all Americans hate Mexicans. There are just some sensitive issues that America has to deal with and resolve like.. illegal immigration that causes some Americans to hold a hesitancy towards the Mexican people, but no... we don't all hate Mexicans.
Even for those Americans who hold grudges toward Mexicans, there sure is a lot of celebration of the Mexican culture. Ergo - Cinco de Mayo, Mexican Taco trucks all around the city, Taco Bell.....
Okay - not Taco Bell. I have probably offended someone out there - Mexican or not - by claiming 'Taco Bell' as Mexican but a. it was a joke and b. while being an American food chain - it is inspired by Mexican food.. so.. whatever
But back to celebrating Mexican culture, why wouldn't we? Sure, many of us - including myself - don't really know the details of why Cinco de Mayo is significant, but as Americans - do we really need to know all the details? Some of can barely keep track of the details of our own American History (even though we should). All we really need to know is that it's a big holiday for a culture and people that has, throughout the years, melded it's way into the American melting pot. And if a segment of the American melting is celebrating something that is significant to them....why not everybody celebrate? Shoot, I want a margarita too! I love Margaritas, even if it's not Cinco de Mayo!
|drinking a margarita at work. it's my drinking face|
and some coronas...