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I am from an ethnicity and culture that is in the forefront of many political topics in this region today I am Mexican When this word comes up most people seem to think of illegal immigrants crossing the border This thought can bring up much resentment and contempt from certain groups and along with this comes prejudice and discrimination However before I jump ahead of myself I would like to discuss the physical and cultural differences between my people- Mexicans and the US majority- Whites Physical differences may seem obvious if you think in a stereotypical manner But there is a great deal of physical diversity within the Mexican culture The range can be anywhere from the common image of a short brown eyed brown haired brown skinned individual to the tall light eyed light haired light skinned person In between is a mixture and combination of any of the mentioned characteristics much of the variety comes from the blood of the Spaniards who invaded Mexico In fact 60 of Mexico Is made up of mestizo mixed European and Indian decent and 30 indigena Native Americans of Indians aztecanet Those who have darker skin are of course more easily pointed out as Mexicans and usually experience more prejudice and racism than those who have characteristics similar to the majority However prejudice within our own race sometimes makes up for the lack of prejudice from Whites but I digress Moving on there are many cultural differences Language for one which is Spanish though there are over 50 indigenous languages aztecacom Clothing is different Not so much as it used to be however Not everyone is wearing a poncho and sombrero Of course food is different and is quite enjoyed by many Americans However Mexican-American food is somewhat different than Mexican food from Mexico And I am not quite sure what Taco Bell food is Maybe that can be called American-Mexican food Then there are
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