In 1979, I took a tour boat around Acapulco. The guide, a local lady, pointed at a house on top of the cliff overlooking the ocean and proudly announced: "The home of movie estar Yon Wen!"
After about five minutes, I finally figured out that "Yon Wen"
was John Wayne.
The great cowboy actor was probably the most prominent Mexicophilic American of the 20th Century. All three of the Duke`s wives were from Latin America (Panama, Mexico, and Peru), and he loved making cowboy moves in Durango
in Mexico, which looked a lot more like the Old West than anyplace in modern America. The movie closest to his heart, 1960`s The Alamo
(which he produced and directed in an era when movie stars seldom did either), was highly sympathetic to the Mexicans.
As I mentioned in "Sunday in the Park with Jorge,"
I`m ambivalent about Mexican machismo. I admire it in some ways, but not as much as John Wayne did.
One of the oddities of mass immigration from Mexico, however, is that, when praising the magic of diversity, almost nobody in liberal white America ever expresses any John Wayne-like appreciation for the stark Mexican sex role divide. The whole concept that Latin culture exaggerates natural sex differences just doesn`t seem to register in the mainstream media. Diversity is supposed to overcome stereotypes, not reinforce them, so bringing in more Mexicans must be a victory for feminists.
What`s even weirder is that the diversicrats are right on the political impact of this. Mass immigration from Mexico ultimately pushes power into the hands of the nanny state and the feminist establishment because Mexican immigrant dysfunction justifies huge numbers of government and foundation jobs for social workers. Further, macho Mexican-American politicians and activists find their white allies on the feminist-aligned left. For example, LA`s strutting mayor Antonio Villaraigosa long worked for the ACLU and has one of those silly gender-equal surnames combining his last name (Villar) with his long-suffering wife`s (Raigosa).
By the way, a reader writes:
I`ve spent a lot of time working with Mexicans and spent a lot of time in Mexico. Your observations are right on the mark. I`ve always thought that the Mexican practice of the "Pinata" at kids birthday parties was typically "mexican" and particularly dangerous to boot. A blindfolded kid wildly swinging a baseball bat at a paper mache` donkey filled with candy while a whole bunch of kids wait just feet away to rush in and capture the candy........That is if the kid swinging the bat stops swinging the bat when the candy starts to fall out of the Pinata. I`m sure there has been plenty of cracked skulls and concussions as a result of that Mexican funfest. But, hey!, que lastima! pobrecito! Traiga la nina al cuarto emergencia donde hay muchos gringos medicos. Todo es libre, tambien! (What a pity poor thing. Just take him to the emergency room where there are lots of American doctors. It`s all free too!)