Hacienda is one of my finest commenters. An excellent writer with quite a bit of wisdom, he exemplifies Otto Weininger’s observation that genius is present in some quantity or other in all humans. Check out his comments to see what I mean.
Hacienda feels that Hispanics do indeed love education.
No way in hell do Hispanics value education more than us whites.
Hispanics love education. It’s just that the love not reciprocated.
A lot of Mexicans love teachers, too. Some of them because teachers receive a guaranteed income.
Hispanics tend to respect the educated very much, but they don’t necessarily want to go get an education themselves. They are funny that way. Some of the men less so, but that’s a sour grapes thing from working class Hispanic guys who never went to college. Keep in mind also that in Latin America, many men of letters are very macho, regular types. The stereotype of the faggy writer is not so common. So you can be a man of letters without having your masculinity called into suspicion.
Indeed, I found that recent immigrants really, really deeply respected me as a teacher. They would actually come to Parent-teacher meetings and their respect for me was something you almost never saw in a White person. These were poor Salvadorans and Guatemalans. They probably never even got an education in their lives. The recent immigrants respect education very much. So do many of the illegals. The ones who do not are the more assimilated ones.
However, the smarter ones of those, especially if they have good jobs and make some money, also respect education. This is analogous to the Mexican elite. They respect it because few Chicanos go to college and get a good college education. It’s a rarity in their culture, and they respect that. Many Mexicans, especially the ones who still speak Spanish and have a connection to Mexico, have deep respect for an educated man.
- He is rare.
- Mexican society deeply respects education.
- Part of this respect is from Iberian culture, which has always revered education.
You find analogies to this sort of thing all through Latin America. It’s especially prominent in the women. Latinas with a close connection to Latin America (recent immigrants or those who live there) really love educated men. I think they are considered a prize down there. Few folks are educated, and an educated man is rare and revered. He’s a hot catch for your average poor Latina.
This is not the case with many of the more assimilated Latinos in the US. They have assimilated to the stupidest of US culture, especially Black culture and poor White / White trash / lowest of the White working class culture. Nevertheless, there is still not a hostility to educated individuals per se or to the notion of someone getting a good education. Some of these gangbanger types are amazed at my education. It’s just that they are not interested in it themselves. But they don’t necessarily hate educated types.
The hatred of the intellectual and the educated man, shared tragically by the White American woman, is a rather uniquely American thing.