Stereotypers of Mexicans
When people hear that I am Mexican, they look at me with surprise. In their minds, they are realizing that their stereotypes that the media in the US with which they are presented so persistently doesn't mesh with me.
Many people even go as far as voicing these thoughts. For example, I've gotten: "So why are you white?" and "So how come you speak English so well?" "But don't you go to school?" "Oh, cool, so you speak Mexican?" and other equally stupid and infuriating comments. YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!!
My mother, who was born in Mexico, gets funny looks when she speaks with her accent- it's light and most can't pick it out as being from Mexico, but when they ask about it and she responds by saying she's Mexican- it's like she suddenly became an inferior (not to mention illegal) person. It's ridiculous.
I love my Mexican culture, language, heritage, and my entire family who lives in Mexico and that I visit for 1-2 months every summer. I really do. And I bet if Americans got themselves a little more educated and started thinking for themselves instead of letting the media and the government do it for them, they would appreciate it too. Or at least not treat it like scum. Oh, golly gee...!