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Title: Mexico y los Estados Unidos (Spanish) / Mexico and the United States (English)

Los Angeles La Crónica, 17 November 1883, p. 2.

 

Mexico y los Estados Unidos

Dedicamos hoy una parte de nuestro espacio á un excelente artículo que firma el Sr. E. Godinez, concerniente á las relaciones que reinan entre los pueblos de las dos grandes Repúblicas de la América del Norte. El artículo es interesante por más de un concepto; no tan solo por su evidente lógica, sino tambien porque muestra de plano el mal efecto que en México está produciendo la conducta errada de una parte de la prensa de los Estados Unidos.

Algunos periódicos, con objeto de ganarse popularidad y suscritores entre cierta clase siempre dispuesta á tomar lo ageno, han dado últimamente en excribir contra México y los Mexicanos, tratando, al parecer, de crear aquí un sentimiento de despecio para sus hermanos del otro lado de la línea.

Imbuidos con semejantes ideas van allá los ciudadanos de los Estados Unidos de la clase mencionada, que son muchos, y quieren portarse como en pais conquistado é imponer sus costumbres y maneras á un pueblo cuya civilizacion y costumbres en nada ceden, sino que aventajan, á las de la patria de Washington.

Pero el mal efecto está creado; la prensa aquí ha sembrado esa mala semilla que va á fructificar donde justamente hace el mayor daño á las buenas relaciones de ambos paises, ocurren colisiones por causa de eso, lo que se consideraban superiores reciben un solemne desengaño, y los Mexicanos, juzgando por la muestra que ven la clase de inmigracion que de aquí les puede llegar, la rechazan por todos los medios posibles con muchísima razon.

Los Estados Unidos prohibiendo la inmigracion de los chinos ha dado al mundo un ejemplo que no puede vituperar imiten otras naciones, con respecto á aquellas gentes que consideran nocivas á su bienestar. Aun no ha llegado semejante caso con respecto á México, ni esperamos que llegue, pues creemos que los periódicos que siguen esa política malvada de fomentar la discordia, cesarán en ella ántes que sea demasiado tarde. Conozcanse y entiéndanse Americanos y Mexicanos, y no tenemos la menor duda que ambos pueblos respetarán sus mutuos derechos y derivarán en ello los mayores beneficios.


Mexico and the United States

Today we dedicate part of our space to an excellent article that Mr. E. Godínez has signed, concerning relations between the peoples of the two great republics of North America. The article is interesting for more than one reason: not only for its obvious logic, but also because it plainly shows the ill effect that the wrongheaded conduct of a portion of the United States’s press is producing in Mexico.

Some newspapers, with the aim of gaining popularity and subscribers among a certain class of people disposed to take what isn’t theirs, recently have dedicated themselves to writing against Mexico and the Mexicans—trying, it seems, to create here a feeling of scorn for their brethren on the other side of the border.

Imbued with such ideas, United States citizens of the aforementioned class (who are numerous) go over there and try to act as if they are in a conquered country, and to impose their customs and manners upon a people whose own civilization and customs concede nothing to—but rather are superior to—those of the homeland of Washington.

But the ill effect is created. The press here has sown the evil seed that will sprout where it rightly does the worst damage to good relations between both countries. Clashes occur as a result of that; those who consider themselves superior receive a grave disillusionment; and the Mexicans, judging by the appearance they see of the class of immigrants who come there from here, reject them by every means possible, with very good reason.

The United States, in prohibiting the immigration of Chinese, has given the world an example it cannot criticize when other nations imitate it, with respect to those peoples they consider harmful to their own well-being. Although a similar case has not come about with respect to Mexico—nor do we hope it will—nevertheless, we believe that the newpapers who follow this villainous policy of fomenting discord should stop it before it is too late. Americans and Mexicans should get to know and understand one another; and if they do, we have not the least doubt that both people will respect their mutual rights and derive from it the greatest benefits.

Transcribed and translated by Cynthia L. Chamberlin


 


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