Jan 5, 2006, 12:44 PM
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Re: [sfmacaws] Gringos and Euros and Canucks, oh boy
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I agree and believe as well, that's it's a word. "Americana" doesn't work since we are all (Mexico, Canada, US, etc) part of the Americas. When we were in Bucerias last month, a Mexican friend was asked in our presence "Who is a gringo?" and he merely replied, "people from the US", not Canadians, not Europeans. I was surprised, since I kinda thought is was anyone who wasn't Mexican. Maybe, different parts feel differently about the use of the word??
As a child, I grew up in the South, (Georgia) was raised by my "white" parents and a "colored" woman who looked after me, (not a nanny). I saw "colored" because at that time, in that place, it was grammatically and non-prejudiced to use the term. I do not use it now, since times and opinions have changed. But then, it was correct, and she, in fact, refered to herself with the same term. I loved her and she loved me. I did not realize at that young age, that color made a person different, because, it certainly did not to me.
Anyway, as far as this gringa is concerned, I don't mind the term, don't think of it as derogatory, just an adjective to describe my origins. If the Canadians and Euros get insulted if they are described as such, perhaps it's just their manner to choose to be insulted. I wonder what they want to be called. Also, unless you have an indepth discussion and find out exactly where the person is from, is the term used for skin color? Then what of the many Mexican nationals we all know who are blond and blue-eyed, or light skinned?
Let them who choose to be insulted by a term be so...I'm not! But, you know me, I'm just a dum gringa!!!!
My 2 centavos,
Con mi corazon en Mexico!