Jun 29, 2012, 7:08 AM
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I ran a vineyard in California and I quickly learned about the northerners and southerners ifrom Mexico. The workers coming from the north feel superioir to the ones from the south and I very quickly learned that you could not hire both to work in the same team,Aactually we never hired them to work together period as it was too much trouble. The southerners work in agriculture in Southern California and the central valley , workers from Jalisco, Michoacan Guanajuato in the Napa and Sonoma Valley, The Northerners were more apt to work in the sweatshops and various other businesses that employed illegals such as restaurants hotels and construction.
I once travel with a Mexican American foreman of a very large ranch in the central valley and he is the first one who told me not to mix the two in a team.
I once broke the rule without knowing and saw it first hand, we invited a Japanese landscaper from LA for Christmas with two of his workers. one indigenous from Oaxaca and a man from one of the border state, the northerners openly told us at the table that people from the south were too stupid to work in work shops, that they were primitive people without any education. The Oaxaqueño took it without a word but some people at the table jumped the northerner and it was a touchy situation.My friend from Oaxaca tell me they are called something like tacata or some word like this in Ajijic and they is extremely upset when they hear. it.
In a team we could mix people from central Mexico and Northern Mexico or from central Mexico and southern Mexico but we could not mix souterners with northerners. Discrimination based on the color of the skin and the origin is alive and well in Mexico.
(This post was edited by Vichil on Jun 29, 2012, 7:12 AM)