ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump calling a U.S.-born federal judge as a “Mexican” is bringing up the term’s history as a slur in the U.S.
The term “Mexican” describes a nationality for a people of a country south of the U.S. But scholars say it also has been used as an epithet against U.S.-born Latinos, to dehumanize them and dismiss them as foreign.
Trump recently used the word “Mexican” to describe U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel. Curiel is an American of Mexican origin, which Trump contends has prevented Curiel from being an objective judge of a lawsuit involving Trump’s real estate business education venture.
Trump’s remarks drew strong condemnation from Latino activists and Republicans.
California State University, Fullerton professor Alexandro Jose Gradilla says the word ‘Mexican’ is often a stand-in for one of many closely related slurs targeting Mexican-Americans.