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On 2012-12-18 21:31, George Corley wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 11:58 AM, Charles W Brickner <
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>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Constructed Languages List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
>> Behalf Of David McCann
>>
>> It occurred to me the other day that almost all of those whom yanks/gringos
>> (if am I allowed to use such terms) call "hispanics" are actually mestizos,
>> and hence Native Americans. The immigration is really the indigenous
>> inhabitants taking their land back!
>> ===========================================
>> The verb 'mestizar' means 'to cross breeds of animals'.  Thus, 'mestizo'
>> means someone of mixed heritage, although connotations do change.  And so,
>> by definition, mestizos are not fully Native Americans, but are descended
>> both from them and from, presumably, Spanish ancestors.  Perhaps your
>> statement that they are "taking their land back" is meant humorously.  I
>> could accept that if it were the Pamunkey or the Mattaponi Indians who were
>> expanding in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  However, there never were
>> "mestizo" Indians in Virginia, so the large number of Hispanic immigrants
>> here are doing just that, immigrating.
>> I hope that no one will interpret the preceding to mean that I am against
>> the immigration!
>>
>
> Wow.  I've killed jokes before -- often deliberately -- but that was a bit
> much even for me.  Yeah, for most ethnic groups that want to retake or
> return to their ancestral homeland, that desire is a bit misguided and
> often fueled by mythology more than history, but a joke's a joke.  Besides
> that, many of the areas that have large Mexican immigration were once
> Mexican territory, so you could still -- jokingly, not taking it too
> seriously -- think of it as Mexicans taking back what was theirs.  In fact,
> it's a pretty damn common bit of humor.
>